Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Backs Bill Boosting American Research and Innovation

2015/05/20

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for the American Research and Competitiveness Act, which brings more certainty to the tax code by modernizing and making permanent the now-temporary Research and Development Tax Credit. 

“A key component of building a healthy economy is a tax code that helps America remain the world’s leading innovator of breakthrough products and technologies. I see this ingenuity at work in schools, labs, and small businesses as I travel across the district, and our policies should foster innovation, not hold it back. By allowing for more investment in research here at home, we can create jobs and higher wages for American workers,” said Walberg.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
 
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Walberg Votes for Bipartisan Transportation Bill

2015/05/19

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, which extends the expenditure authority of the Highway Trust Fund through July 31, 2015.

“It’s no secret many of Michigan’s roads and bridges are in need of significant repairs, and the federal government must do its part to ensure States can continue these important projects. Today’s short-term extension was not my preferred option, but it is does allow room for Congress to negotiate a bipartisan, long-term solution that we desperately need,” said Walberg.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. Read More

Walberg Continues Commitment to Combat Human Trafficking

2015/05/19

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which boosts resources for victims and strengthens law enforcement tools for prosecuting human trafficking. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 99-0 on April 22 and now heads to President Obama’s desk.

“As a father and grandfather, the trafficking of innocent women and children sickens me. I am pleased by the bipartisan consensus to devote the necessary resources to crack down on the perpetrators of human trafficking and support victims in recovery. While we certainly have more work to do, today is another important step towards the goal of eradicating this heinous crime,” said Walberg.

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Earlier this year, the House passed a series of 12 anti-human trafficking bills, several of which are now included in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Click here for video of Rep. Walberg managing the floor debate for the Education and Workforce Committee’s trafficking legislation that passed the House in January. 
 
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Walberg Votes to Support our Troops, Champions Amendment to Save Taxpayer Dollars

2015/05/15

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today in support of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides vital funding and authorities for America’s military. The final House-passed legislation also included an amendment Walberg offered to provide the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction with the ability to conduct effective audits to ensure the proper use of the remaining American taxpayer dollars appropriated for reconstruction efforts. Click here to watch Walberg’s floor speech calling for passage of his amendment.

“Turning our backs on the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much for our country is not an option. At a time of escalating threats at home and abroad, we must ensure that our military has the resources they need to fulfill their missions and keep the American people safe. This bipartisan legislation also takes important steps to improve military benefits, support our military families, reduce wasteful spending, and other commonsense reforms to strengthen our national defense capabilities,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
 
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Detroit Free Press: A bipartisan solution to put higher education within reach

2015/05/15

Congratulations to the Class of 2015. You mastered a skill or subject matter and now possess a strong foundation for success in today's job market.

Along the way, seven out of 10 of you accrued enough student loans that, on average, could cover a down payment on a house. Today, the student loan debt in the U.S. totals more than $1.2 trillion, with an average of $30,000 in loans per student.

According to the College Board, the average in-state tuition for a four-year college or university is $18,943 per year, including room and board. For out-of-state tuition, the average jumps to $32,762. A four-year private college costs $42,419 per year, on average. None of these figures includes books, transportation and other related expenses.

The rising cost of higher education puts a strain on budgets and requires sacrifices.

Paying for college is the financial issue parents worry about the most - more than other money-related concerns like saving for retirement or serious medical expenses. According to a recent Gallup survey, 73% of parents with children younger than 18 worry about saving enough for higher education. For families making less than $30,000 per year, the number jumps to 85%.

As a father and grandfather, I've experienced these same anxieties that stem from wanting to provide your children and grandchildren with every opportunity to have a better future than you did.

Post-secondary education can take many forms - from technical schools to community colleges to four-year universities. Students should be able to choose the best route for their future, without the high cost of obtaining a degree becoming a barrier.

I worked with Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, to introduce legislation to tackle this challenge by helping families save more money for their children's post-secondary education.

Our bipartisan legislation, the Helping Families Save for Education Act, would expand the Coverdell Education Savings Account to provide families with increased financial tools to save for higher education over a longer period of time.

Coverdell ESAs are tax-advantaged accounts where investment earnings grow tax-free. They also provide flexibility on where the money can be spent. In addition to college tuition, Coverdell ESA's can be used for books, computers, and other educational expenses.

Our legislation modernizes the existing program by expanding the annual limits on contributions, from $2,000 to $10,000. It also increases the age limit when contributions can be made, from 18 to 22 years old.

In today's job market, a post-secondary degree is increasingly important to maximizing opportunities for a good-paying job and a stable career.

In an increasingly global economy, Michiganders are not only competing with neighboring states for jobs, but also with foreign countries like China and India. We want our children to have the competitive edge that comes with greater access to quality learning opportunities.

By incentivizing saving and investment and planning ahead, the Helping Families Save for Education Act is a needed bipartisan solution to help bring higher education into reach for many families while reducing their future debt burden.

Tim Walberg, a Republican from Tipton, represents the 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Education and Workforce Committee. This op-ed originally appeared in the May 15, 2015 edition of the Detroit Free Press. Read More

Jackson Cit Pat: Best solutions for workforce will come from Michigan, not Washington

2015/05/14

The pervasive mentality in our nation's capital can be summed up in three words: Washington knows best.

I disagree, and I'm working to change it.

I believe Michigan families — not Washington bureaucrats — are better equipped to make decisions on what's best for their family or small business.

The rise of top-down federal mandates was a reoccurring theme at a panel discussion I recently hosted at the Jackson Area Career Center with local business leaders from Alro Steel, Elm Plating, The Enterprise Group of Jackson, and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

As the panelists pointed out, the Washington knows best approach leads to large scale government programs and burdensome regulations that stifle jobs and economic growth.

Look no further than the size of the Federal Register, the federal government's catalog of rules and regulations. When it was first published in 1936, it was 3,620 pages. Today, it weighs in at 79,311 pages.

For small businesses and manufacturers, the cost of complying with a maze of red tape has a dramatic impact on their ability to grow and hire new workers.

According to a study by the National Association of Manufacturing, the average manufacturing company pays $19,564 per employee per year in regulatory compliance costs. For a small manufacturer with fewer than 50 employees, the cost jumps to $34,671 per employee per year.

By getting Washington out of the way, time spent filling out mounds of paperwork could instead be used to innovate, enhance a service or product, and put more people back to work.

Another theme at the panel discussion was the benefit of public-private partnerships and the importance of career technical education.

As one example, in the Jackson Area Career Center's manufacturing lab where we held the panel was equipment donated by private companies.

It allows area educators to train students on the very equipment used by local manufacturers and learn the skills that are most in demand.

As a result, students come out of the program with the hands-on experience they need to be successful in today's job market.

Based off what works at the local level, the House has already taken action to strengthen our nation's outdated workforce development system, including passing the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act.

The SKILLS Act then laid the groundwork for a bipartisan compromise with the Senate and passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which became law last year.

WIOA eliminates 15 ineffective and duplicative workforce programs and begins to create a more streamlined system. Not only does it save taxpayer dollars, but it also makes it easier for job-seekers to find the job training program most tailored to their needs.

The law also provides local workforce leaders flexibility to better address the needs of their individual communities, and includes strong accountability measures to ensure workforce development programs are being run efficiently and effectively.

There is certainly more work to be done, but by taking steps to foster pro-jobs policies, reduce harmful regulations, and train a 21st Century workforce, we can grow a healthy economy and expand opportunity for everyone.

The best solutions to make it happen will come from right here in Michigan, not Washington.

Click here to read the original op-ed in the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Read More

Walberg: Congress Must Review Final Iran Agreement

2015/05/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which passed the House by a 400-25 margin. The bill requires congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before sanctions are lifted.  

“Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terrorism intent on developing a nuclear weapon, which threatens the safety of America, Israel, and our other allies in the region. A bad agreement that does not halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions must be stopped. Congress must be included in such a significant national security decision that will have repercussions for generations to come,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
 
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Walberg Pushes Back Against EPA Power Grab

2015/05/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that stops the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) harmful Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposed rule that would give the federal government authority to regulate nearly all bodies of water in the United States. 

“Federalizing all waters, including waters that are privately owned or under a state’s jurisdiction, is an unprecedented power grab by the EPA. This bipartisan legislation recognizes the rights of Michigan farmers, property owners, and local governments and takes a stand against federal overreach. We can have responsible policies to protect our nation’s waters without a vast expansion of the federal government’s power,” said Walberg.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. Read More

WILX: Post Office Dedicated to Fallen Officer

2015/05/11

They gather in memory of a young man who died serving his community.

"He always wanted to be a policeman, ever since he was very little," said Marc Bonneau, the officer's dad.

Officer James Bonneau worked at Jackson Police Department for around two years.

"He had a great smile," said Chief Matthew Heins. "He always wanted to do a great job, and he put his best foot forward."

"It's a very great honor for us," said Marc Bonneau. "It's nice that the community is going to remember him this way."

From now on when you walk into the post office in downtown Jackson, you'll be walking into the Officer James Bonneau memorial Post Office, in memory of the 26-year-old who died in the line of duty five years ago.

"I thought a suitable way to do it was to have a post office, a place where people come, they see things as a community service area to be reminded of James Bonneau that he gave his life for this community," said Representative Tim Walberg.

"There's always a concern that Jim's gonna be forgotten and his sacrifices will be forgotten," said Chief Heins. "It really solidifies the fact that its a part of Jackson and people will remember him."

And as people walked in and out of the post office, they did remember.

"It's wonderful that they are giving him that knowledge of what he's been through or what he went through," said Barb Byrum who lives in Jackson. "It will remind people for many years what happened."

Together they remembered what Officer Bonneau did to protect his community.

"He served us," said USPS Detroit District Manager Lee Thompson. "We can serve him every single day by honoring him by having his name adorned in the office."

Click here for the original story from WILX News 10. Read More

Fox 17: Federal, state lawmakers push forward on reforms for asset forfeiture laws

2015/05/07

LANSING, Mich. — Lawmakers at both the state and federal level are looking to reform civil asset forfeiture laws to make it more difficult for police agencies to seize property from individuals believed to be involved in criminal activity, even if they have not been charged with a crime.

In February, Wally Kowalski of Van Buren County told FOX 17 his home had been raided by the Michigan State Police before he had ever been charged with a crime.

Kowalski, who has a Ph.D from Penn State University and a background in engineering and specializes in ultraviolet light technology, has been a medical marijuana card holder for several years. He was growing the drug for medicinal use for himself and several designated patients at a home that’s been in his family for decades when it was raided by the Michigan State Police’s Southwestern Enforcement Team in September 2014.

“I realized they were raiding me for the marijuana,” he told FOX 17 in February. “I went right up to them and said ‘I’m a legitimate grower and I’ve got cards, this is a legitimate operation’ but they didn’t buy it.”

Kowalski was later arrested and charged with two felonies of manufacturing and distributing marijuana. He could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

In Lansing, Republicans in the House introduced a package of bills in April aimed at requiring stronger and more uniform reporting of forfeitures from police agencies. The reforms would also raise the evidentiary standards to “clear and convincing” rather than the current “preponderance of evidence.”

“We’re not looking to do away with the tool, just looking to provide protections,” said Rep. Kevin Cotter, the Republican House Speaker from Mt. Pleasant.

Cotter said the reforms are a priority which have been included in the 2015 House GOP Action Plan.

The proposed legislation, HB 5404 and HB 5408, have yet to debated in the House Judiciary Committee, but could be taken up as early as the end of the month. The bills would still have to be taken up for votes and passed in the House and Senate before being signed by the governor.

The most recent asset forfeiture report available from Michigan State Police shows more than $24 million in cash and assets were seized from Michiganders in 2013.  Since 2000, more than $250 million in forfeiture revenue has been collected.

Nationally, civil asset net forfeitures rose to $4.2 billion in 2012, which was up from $1.7 billion in the preceding year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, introduced reform legislation of his own earlier this year dubbed the FAIR Act, that would restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in civil forfeiture proceedings.

“It’s guilty until proven innocent in the (current) case, and that’s not the way we should work it,” Walberg told FOX 17.

“To use a tool of asset forfeiture to try to get at drug running and money laundering but ultimately it ends up becoming a fundraising tool for law enforcement agencies, that’s a problem.”

The federal reform in many ways mirrors what’s been proposed at the state level and if passed would work in tandem with reforms proposed in Lansing, if passed, Walberg said.

“We can do it at the federal level, which puts the feds in context with how we ought to carry out the law, but it’s still the responsibility of the states to have their civil asset forfeiture law coincide with ours to make sure it works for their communities,” he said.

The proposed federal reforms would also do away with the practice known as equitable sharing which allowed for up to 80 percent of any seized asset’s worth to be given back to the local department that seized it for supplemental revenue. Similar policy was announced by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in March.

Walberg wants the new limits made into law, not just policy and argues the practice provided ‘perverse incentive’ for police agencies to act aggressively without having to pursue criminal charges.

“All of this goes toward good government,” he said. “It still leaves a tool that is valuable in place.”

The federal legislation, like proposed reforms in Lansing are still waiting to be heard in their respective committees and have yet to come up for a full vote.

Walberg said there’s been aggressive work behind the scenes to move the reforms forward.

In Lansing, Cotter told FOX 17 support for reform has reached a ‘critical mass’ and he has confidence the bi-partisan effort could potentially make it through the legislature before the end of the year.

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Tim Walberg is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan.  The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County.  Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute.  He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

In the 113th Congress, Tim serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee.  In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 39 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.


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