The month of August was a busy time for me and my staff, and I wanted to give you a quick look into what I have been doing over the Congressional District work period as well as provide some insight into some of the legislation we have been working on in Washington D.C. Meeting with constituents all throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower has definitely been the highlight of my time back in the District. From touring the White Pine Copper Mine to visiting the great folks at Grand Traverse Industries, I had the privilege to talk with constituents from all walks of life about the issues that matter most to them.

Veterans Affairs 
I held a roundtable discussion at the Iron Mountain VA with leaders from within the VA as well as the healthcare industry. One of the main topics we discussed was attracting and retaining providers in our rural healthcare facilities. I am proud to have co-authored the bipartisan “GOOD Act” with my colleague Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH). The GOOD Act creates a pilot program within the VA to address these exact issues. It is imperative that our Veterans, and all of the constituents of the 1st District have access to quality Healthcare.

Natural Resources
Recently I had the opportunity to tour the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary and Preserve off the shores of Alpena in Lake Huron. The sanctuary was expanded from 448 to 4,300 square miles in 2014 after a very long public comment period and much local input. I was proud to lead other Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to President Trump’s Administration urging them to maintain the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary’s current boundaries. This Sanctuary alone attracts nearly 100,000 visitors to the First District every year, and serves as a great sense of pride for the entire sunrise coast. Whether the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Thunder Bay Sanctuary, or any other issue that affects our natural resources, I will continue to fight for the conservation of this beautiful place we are blessed to call home.

From Ontonagon to Manistee and everywhere in-between, it has been an honor to hold hundreds of meetings over the past few months to address the issues that are so important to us all. I am honored to be your Representative, and will continue to fight for you in Washington. In the next few weeks my office will begin releasing dates of our community engagement events that I will be holding all across the District so I can talk directly to you about the work that we have been doing in the 115th Congress.

As always, if there is ever anything I can do for you, please feel free to stop in to one of our offices, or contact me at my DC office at: 202- 225-4735