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  • Bergman Supported Paycheck Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act – which Rep. Bergman helped introduce – passed the U.S. House 417 - 1. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is the small business relief program enacted by the CARES Act, implemented by SBA, and facilitated by SBA-approved lenders. Unfortunately, for some First District businesses, the terms of the PPP have proven too inflexible for employers, employees, and lenders weathering the current economic storm. Following House passage of the bill, Rep. Ja... Read more

  • USDA Invests in First District Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jack Bergman announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. This includes six projects in the First District of Michigan, which total a federal share of $2.6 million in loans and $2 million in grants, benefitting thousands of rural residents. The USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. R... Read more

  • Rep. Bergman, Colleagues Urge Gov. Whitmer to Use Federal Dollars to Help Local Governments
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jack Bergman led Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation in a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer regarding the State’s use of the federal coronavirus Relief Fund. A recent study by the National League of Cities found that thirty-two states, including Michigan, are withholding coronavirus Relief Fund resources from most local governments. The Members are concerned that Michigan’s use of funds provided through federal dollars aren’t being appropriately distributed to the coun... Read more

  • Bergman Leads Reps in Supporting President Trump's Regulatory Relief
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Jack Bergman led 38 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Donald Trump, supporting his recent move to cut unnecessary and burdensome agency practices to prepare our nation for a strong economic comeback. On May 19th, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, which directs federal agencies to cut regulatory red tape, improve efficiency, and encourage economic growth in the face of the coronavirus. In part, the Me... Read more

  • Bergman Introduces Legislation to Honor Front-Line Responders
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jack Bergman introduced the bipartisan Coronavirus Front-line Responders Commemorative Coin Act with Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02). This legislation would mint coins to honor the health care professionals, first responders, scientists, researchers, individuals who provided care and services during the Coronavirus pandemic, and all front-line workers. Surcharges from coin sales will go to the CDC Foundation to support the health care response to infectious diseases and pandemics. On April 8... Read more

  • Bergman Opposes $3 Trillion Partisan Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi introduced the $3 trillion Heroes Act. This legislation was crafted without any bipartisan input and has no chance of ever becoming law. Rep. Bergman voted in opposition to this bill and issued the following statement: “Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, I’ve been working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to ensure support for our frontline workers, increase COVID-19 testing, increase PPP funding, and provide necessary ... Read more

  • First District Congressional Art Competition Deadline Announced
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2020 | Preview rr

    Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating Members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. The annual Art Competition is open to all high school students currently living in the First District. The winning submission will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for ... Read more

  • Bergman: Historic New Soo Lock Construction Underway
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    Construction of a new lock in the Soo Locks complex, situated on the St. Mary's River, has been Rep. Jack Bergman's number one infrastructure priority for the First District since taking office. The project, once described as a long-shot, has seen bureaucratic and political delays for over 30 years. Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that “phase one” construction is now underway. After Reps. Bergman, Moolenaar, and Mitchell spoke with President Donald Trump directly about the impo... Read more

  • Bergman Defending Great Lakes Navigation System
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    Continuing his efforts to safeguard the future of commerce on the Great Lakes, Rep. Jack Bergman is proposing a new policy to ensure baseline levels of funding for the backlogged maintenance projects along Great Lakes transportation routes. The Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS) is a deep-draft waterway connecting all five lakes through hundreds of navigation channels, breakwaters, jetties, harbors, and the MacArthur and Poe Locks at Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s First District. The GLNS sust... Read more

  • Bergman Announces USDA Relief for Michigan Tart Cherry Growers
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jack Bergman welcomed a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to purchase $20 million of U.S. tart cherries. In early April 2020, Rep. Bergman requested various avenues of Coronavirus relief for the tart cherry industry – including a “substantial purchase of surplus product” – and he has continued to work closely with USDA, the Cherry Marketing Institute, and local growers and processors to deliver meaningful relief. Using “Section 32” authority, USDA will buy surplus tart cherr... Read more

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