tim walberg http://michiganradio.org en Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-opponents-remain-resolute-michigan <p>Opponents of Obamacare turned out for a meeting in Jackson today. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Tim </span>Walberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is holding a series of town hall meetings this week on the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican congressman is showcasing small business owners and patients who say they are paying more for health insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:21:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16518 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan Michigan congressmen split on the 'State of the Union' speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressmen-split-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s congressional delegation had a mixed reaction to the president’s State of the Union address last night.</p><p>Democrat John Dingell says Congress is capable of acting on the president’s call for a higher minimum wage and restoring federal jobless benefits.</p><p>“Whether they will or not I don’t know because as you know, the Republicans run Congress,” Dingell said after the president’s speech.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16225 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressmen split on the 'State of the Union' speech Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes http://michiganradio.org/post/polls-suggest-federal-government-shutdown-hurting-3-michigan-congressmens-reelection-hopes <p>The reelection chances of three Michigan congressmen might be hurt by the federal government shutdown.</p><p>The poll numbers show Republican Congressmen <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi7results.pdf">Tim Walberg</a>, <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi11results.pdf">Kerry Bentivolio</a> and <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi1results.pdf">Dan Benishek</a> all trailing significantly behind a generic Democratic opponent.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14751 at http://michiganradio.org Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes For politicos, Election 2014 isn't so far away http://michiganradio.org/post/politicos-election-2014-isnt-so-far-away <p>Tuesday’s local primaries have come and gone. The November runoffs are set. But don’t think people, political people, aren’t looking ahead even further… to next year’s primaries and beyond. &nbsp;We have big statewide races for governor and an open U.S. Senate seat, and some big congressional races.</p><p>At this juncture, it still looks like Democrats are succeeding in their plan to avoid expensive, bitter primaries in their big, key races. In the “D” column, former Congressman Mark Schauer looks uncontested as the candidate to face Governor Rick Snyder. Congressman Gary Peters is in line to be the Senate nominee without a fight. And, this week, in northern Michigan, retired general and former Kalkaska County Sheriff Democrat Jerry Cannon announced his plans to challenge Republican Congressman Dan Benishek. The First Congressional District is one of the state’s very few true toss-up races and Democrats have big hopes to win it come 2014. In fact, the campaign arm of the House Democratic conference is already airing radio ads in northern Michigan. The First is considered winnable by the right pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, conservative Democrat. And, interestingly enough, Democrats think their chances in this seat will actually improve next year without President Barack Obama at the top of the ballot. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:44:57 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 13918 at http://michiganradio.org For politicos, Election 2014 isn't so far away Former state lawmaker to run for Michigan's 7th congressional district seat http://michiganradio.org/post/former-state-lawmaker-run-michigans-7th-congressional-district-seat <p>A former state lawmaker is launching her bid to challenge mid-Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg in 2014.</p><p></p><p>Pam Byrnes announced her campaign for the Democratic Party nomination today.</p><p></p><p>She is an attorney from Chelsea with a background in family law.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;She is the former Director of the Washtenaw County Friend of the Court.&nbsp; Byrnes was also the Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Byrnes says Washington is broken and that is hurting middle class families.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:07:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 13599 at http://michiganradio.org Former state lawmaker to run for Michigan's 7th congressional district seat New report details Ambassador bridge owner's efforts to sway Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-details-ambassador-bridge-owners-efforts-sway-congress <p>A<a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/press/entry/troubled-crossing-report-ambassador-bridge-pay-to-play"> new report from a Washington-based watchdog group</a> finds Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun spending a lot of money to influence Congress.</p><p>The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington--or CREW--tracked campaign donations from Moroun&rsquo;s family, company, and associates.</p><p>Their examination of campaign finance data found more than $1.5 million in Congressional donations from 2004 through the first quarter of 2012.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:38:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7787 at http://michiganradio.org New report details Ambassador bridge owner's efforts to sway Congress Michigan congressman raises concerns about defense spending http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-raises-concerns-about-defense-spending <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/12/146755934/obamas-budget-first-salvo-in-expected-political-fight">The budget President Obama delivers to Congress this week</a> will spend about 8 billion dollars less on&nbsp;the&nbsp;Defense Department.&nbsp; That&#39;s&nbsp;going to directly affect two Michigan Air National Guard Bases.</p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6188 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman raises concerns about defense spending Payroll tax cut debate divides Michigan's congressional delegation http://michiganradio.org/post/payroll-tax-cut-debate-divides-michigans-congressional-delegation <p>The debate over how to extend a payroll tax cut is dividing Michigan&rsquo;s congressional delegation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Senate&nbsp;voted for a&nbsp;two-month extension&nbsp;over the&nbsp;weekend.&nbsp;But&nbsp;the U.S.&nbsp;House is&nbsp;expected to&nbsp;reject the extension this evening.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow&nbsp;is among&nbsp;those who voted yes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:56:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 5465 at http://michiganradio.org Payroll tax cut debate divides Michigan's congressional delegation Michigan Congressman is no fan of President Obama's jobs bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-no-fan-president-obamas-jobs-bill <p>Vice President <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/joe-biden">Joe Biden</a> will be in Michigan today&nbsp;to tout <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_jobs_act">the President&rsquo;s Jobs Bill.</a> But Michigan Congressman <a href="http://walberg.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=66&amp;parentid=2&amp;sectiontree=2,66&amp;itemid=231&amp;gclid=CNrZurni4asCFcQKKgodkmArOA">Tim Walberg </a>says the $447 billion&nbsp;bill will hurt, not help the nation&rsquo;s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walberg is a Republican. He says the bill would increase spending and raise taxes. And he says that&rsquo;s not what the economy needs to create jobs. Walberg says the nation may be better off&nbsp; if Congress doesn&rsquo;t pass a jobs bill this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>&quot;At the very least, if we hold some things back that would be hurtful to our economy, that&rsquo;s getting something done.&nbsp; Maybe that&rsquo;s the process right now&hellip;if there isn&rsquo;t a willingness to negotiate,&quot; </em>says Walberg.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walberg says he hopes a compromise can be reached which will reduce payroll taxes and spur job growth. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4550 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressman is no fan of President Obama's jobs bill Union groups protest outside Republican congressman's office http://michiganradio.org/post/union-groups-protest-outside-republican-congressmans-office <p>About two dozen union members demonstrated outside the Jackson office of Republican congressman Tim Walberg.&nbsp;The protest was as much about the 2012 election as it was about&nbsp;the budget fight in Washington.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some passing motorists honked their horns, showing solidarity with protesters outside Congressman Tim Walberg&rsquo;s office.&nbsp;The protesters, like teacher&rsquo;s assistant Glenda Wells, say Walberg has sided too often with special business interests at the expense of working men and women.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:33:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 3780 at http://michiganradio.org Union groups protest outside Republican congressman's office Schauer of Michigan says he won't run in '12 http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-michigan-says-he-wont-run-12 <p>DETROIT (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek says he won&#39;t run for Congress next year.</p><p>The Democrat made the announcement in an email sent to supporters on Wednesday.</p><p>The decision means Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg will get a new Democratic opponent after facing Schauer for the past two elections.</p><p>Last year, Walberg beat the then-incumbent Schauer in a contentious rematch of their 2008 race that saw Schauer unseat Walberg, who was then a freshman in Congress.</p><p>In the email, Schauer writes that, despite his decision, he still sees south-central Michigan&#39;s 7th District as &quot;winnable for a Democratic candidate in 2012.&quot;</p><p>Schauer currently serves as national co-chair of the BlueGreen Alliance Jobs 21! Campaign. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:26:28 +0000 The Associated Press 3482 at http://michiganradio.org Schauer of Michigan says he won't run in '12 Tea Party Caucus and budget negotiations (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/tea-party-caucus-and-budget-negotiations-audio <p>The divide over budget and debt ceiling talks continues between Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Within the Republican Party, the Tea Party Caucus is a prominent voice against any deal that contains tax increases.</p><p>Republican Congressman Tim Walberg represents Michigan&rsquo;s 7<sup>th</sup> district and is a member of the Tea Party Caucus. He spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White about what he thinks it might take for both Republicans and Democrats to agree on a budget.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-977264.mp3 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:35:39 +0000 Jennifer White, Zoe Clark & Mercedes Mejia 3267 at http://michiganradio.org Tea Party Caucus and budget negotiations (audio) Walberg describes GOP meeting with Pres. Obama as 'congenial' http://michiganradio.org/post/walberg-describes-gop-meeting-pres-obama-congenial <p><a href="http://walberg.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=49&amp;sectiontree=6,49&amp;itemid=242">Michigan congressman Tim Walberg</a> describes <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=136821269">today&rsquo;s&nbsp;meeting between Republican lawmakers and President Obama</a> as &lsquo;congenial&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp; Walberg was among the GOP members of congress who outlined their concerns about the budget during the 90 minute meeting with the president at the White House.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:08:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 2709 at http://michiganradio.org Walberg describes GOP meeting with Pres. Obama as 'congenial'