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  • Rep. Bergman's Latest Column: Success To Date, But Much Natural Resources Work Remains
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    The Great Lakes basin is home to more than 30 million people, containing approximately 90 percent of the United States’ supply of fresh surface water, and providing drinking water for more than 48 million people. Those of us who call the First District home know the importance of our water and the need to protect, preserve and restore this treasured natural resource. Reps. John Moolenaar, Bill Huizenga and I had the distinct opportunity to ride with President Trump in Grand Rapids recently and h... Read more

  • Bergman: Come to the Table Democrats
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    For those of us who call the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan home, the discussion around border security is often different than what we see on the nightly news. The challenges for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement in the Soo vary greatly from those of their southern border counterparts. The commonality is we share the same goal: the safety and security of our citizens. As the national debate rages on, we must remember that our nation ... Read more

  • 5 Reasons to Support Your Local Law Enforcement Officers
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    It’s Police Week, and as we honor our fallen officers and celebrate the men and women who put their lives on the line every day, here are five reasons for all of us to support our local law enforcement officers: Service. First and foremost, our law enforcement officers do the jobs they do because they are committed to serving others. They love where they live, and they want their communities to thrive. The Traverse City Police Department’s mission, for example, is “to protect life and property, ... Read more

  • Traverse City Record-Eagle: Obamacare replacement will give Mich. more choices
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    There’s an old Irving Berlin song you may have heard that goes like this: “anything you can do, I can do better / I can do anything better than you.” I’ve been thinking a lot about those words during my first few weeks in Congress because that’s exactly how many of my colleagues on the left seem to view the role of government. As they see it, there’s no matter too big or too small for Uncle Sam. And, as for individual liberty? That’s a myth and a relic. The American people can’t be trusted. Gove... Read more

  • FOXNews: Five freshmen Congressmen (all with military backgrounds): Why we support Mattis for Defense Secretary
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Over the past eight years we have seen America’s standing in the world deteriorate. The Obama administration has refused to name our enemies and backed away from our allies all while threats across the globe multiply. There is no one better equipped to understand the dangers we face, how to repair our world image, and set us on a path to rebuild our military than President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis. General Mattis is respected by Republicans and Democr... Read more

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