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  • Trump Administration Seeks Applications for Capacity Building and Planning Grants in Rural Communities
    Posted in Press Releases on August 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to help rural communities enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces. USDA is making $1 million in grants available under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC). Eligible recipients may use the grants to develop multi-jurisdictional plans to benef... Read more

  • Bergman Applauds Senate Passage of Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill, Urges Speaker Pelosi to Pass it Immediately
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    Last night, the United States Senate passed S. 785 - the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. This bill contains the provisions from the IMPROVE Act, which Rep. Jack Bergman has fought to pass in the House. To address the suicide crisis faced by our Veterans, this legislation will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support and coordinate with community partners already providing lifesaving services in local communities. Rep. Bergman’s bipartisan ... Read more

  • Bergman, Fletcher Introduce Carbon Capture Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on August 5, 2020 | Preview rr

    Representatives Jack Bergman and Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) introduced H.R. 7896, the Redeeming Effectiveness to Carbon Oxide Utilization Plus Sequestration (RECOUPS) Act of 2020. This legislation would provide a direct pay option for Section 45Q tax credits for carbon capture and sequestration - improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the credit while continuing our work to support domestic energy production and reduce carbon emissions. Rep. Bergman stated, "In the midst of COVID-19, direct ... Read more

  • Bergman Proposals Included in Water Resources Package, Wins for First District Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, the House passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water infrastructure activities for our Nation. Rep Jack Bergman issued the following statement: "This legislation focuses on key concerns affecting the navigability as well as the preservation of our Great Lakes. From addressing the maintenance backlogs along our Great Lakes waterways to taking the next steps to stop Asian carp, this year’s WRDA bill ... Read more

  • Bergman Applauds EPA's Commitment to Aggressively Address PFAS
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided updates on its commitment to support state, tribal, and local communities in addressing PFAS across the nation. The Trump Administration is fulfilling the intent of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included provisions requiring EPA to support PFAS disposal and monitoring. Rep. Bergman said, “Building upon its PFAS Action Plan, the EPA is taking critical steps in support of our goal to reign in these ‘forever ch... Read more

  • Bergman Supports Historic Outdoor Legislation, President Trump Set to Sign into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2020 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, Rep. Jack Bergman voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act. This legislation fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), addresses the nearly $20 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks and other land management agencies, and provides more opportunities for hunters and anglers across the country. "The First District of Michigan has four National Parks, three National Forests, five National Wildlife Refuges and more freshwater shoreline than any Congress... Read more

  • Northern U.P. Identified as Top Location for Vertical Launch Spaceport
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2020 | Preview rr

    The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association today announced findings from a site-selection process for a vertical space launch site that has identified a location just north of Marquette. Conducted by spaceport consultants BRPH and Kimley-Horn, the site-selection process has been a year-long effort. Sites were ranked based on several factors, including existing commercial and public infrastructure, geographic and terrestrial mapping, living standards and workforce development. Operations ar... Read more

  • USDA Cuts Red Tape to Increase Private Investment in Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to increase private investment in rural communities across the country by making it easier for lenders to access four flagship loan programs. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to cutting red tape and enhancing customer service so we can be a better partner to America’s rural leaders in building prosperity,” Secretary Perdue said. “These enhancemen... Read more

  • Bergman's Bipartisan Initiative to Hold Foreign-Sponsored Cyber-Attackers Responsible Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on July 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, the language from Rep. Bergman's bill, H.R. 4189, the Homeland and Cyber Threat Act, was included in the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation will remove the immunity of foreign states—including foreign officials, employees, or agents—with regard to money damages sought by a national of the United States for personal injury, harm to reputation, or damage to or loss of property resulting from cyberattacks. On Monday, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan HACT ... Read more

  • Bergman, Roe Amendment to Prevent Veteran Suicide Not Included in FY21 NDAA
    Posted in Press Releases on July 20, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington - Today, Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statements after the amendment they offered to add the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act to H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, was ruled out of order by the Rules Committee. “Dr. Roe, myself... Read more

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