Bill Huizenga http://michiganradio.org en Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga reacts to the State of the Union http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-rep-bill-huizenga-reacts-state-union <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">Now we talk State of the Union.&nbsp;After President Obama’s State of the Union address, we got some reactions from Michigan's members of Congress. Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee&nbsp;weighed in on today's show, as did Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga.</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">*Listen to the audio above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:50:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 16240 at http://michiganradio.org Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga reacts to the State of the Union 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 Politicians playing politics over a political-shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/politicians-playing-politics-over-political-shutdown <p>A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. So, in the midst of the partial government shutdown, it seems everyone has taken turns placing blame. It&rsquo;s the Senator Ted Cruz shutdown, the Obama shutdown, the Tea Party shutdown.</p><p>The point here is not to own the shutdown, but to make someone else own it &ndash; to personalize it and dump it on the other side. We&rsquo;re not talking about the policy side of it here, but how political operations are using the shutdown.</p><p>For example, here in Michigan, Democratic Party fundraising messages are calling it &ldquo;Terry Lynn Land&rsquo;s shutdown.&rdquo; She has shut down the government, apparently, while still merely a candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.</p><p>And, as the federal government grinds to a standstill, political fundraisers and message-makers are working overtime. This is an environment that is, as they say, target rich. There are people whose jobs are to take these moments that command people&rsquo;s attention, incite passion, anger, frustration, and turn them into campaign cash and memorable political messages.</p><p>But when everyone&rsquo;s talking about the same thing, it can also be difficult to break through the cacophony. And a lot of people seem to be working off the same talking points. Democrats have one set: critical services in peril; a country held hostage by the Tea Party. Republicans, another: Democrats did this. They won&rsquo;t negotiate. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:47:53 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 14729 at http://michiganradio.org Politicians playing politics over a political-shutdown Michigan Republicans sign on to defund Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-sign-defund-obamacare <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">All nine of Michigan’s Republican members of Congress <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx?day=20130920&amp;today=20130920">voted</a> for House legislation that would <a href="http://tomgraves.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=342272">defund the Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The bill is a part of a recent political ultimatum coming from Republican lawmakers: either cut </span>Obamacare<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> or shut down the government.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The language was attached to a continuing resolution — a temporary measure that allows the government to maintain the current levels of funding to federal agencies while Congress works out a fully-fledged budget plan.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:51:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14524 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republicans sign on to defund Obamacare So you think you can't dance? This Michigan Congressman will teach you http://michiganradio.org/post/so-you-think-you-cant-dance-michigan-congressman-will-teach-you <p>Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI 2nd) is hosting a ballroom dance class tonight in Washington D.C.</p><p>According to a story by <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/reporters/bio/114" target="_blank">Niraj Chokshi</a> in the<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/it-only-takes-1-000-to-learn-to-dance-like-a-congressman-20130620"> National Journal</a>, Huizenga is charging $1,000 per couple and $1,500 for political action committees. Proceeds are going to his reelection campaign.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:00:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13172 at http://michiganradio.org So you think you can't dance? This Michigan Congressman will teach you Amash: government collecting phone records without probable cause is “outrageous” http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-government-collecting-phone-records-without-probable-cause-outrageous <p>Two Republican congressmen from West Michigan blasted the federal intelligence community for secretly collecting the phone records of millions Americans. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Holland) discussed the program during a luncheon in Grand Rapids today.</p><p>“I think it’s outrageous,” Amash said, “I think the American people are outraged about it and it has to stop.”</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:34:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12953 at http://michiganradio.org Amash: government collecting phone records without probable cause is “outrageous” US Congressmen Amash, Huizenga weigh in on “sequestration” debate http://michiganradio.org/post/us-congressmen-amash-huizenga-weigh-sequestration-debate <p>President Obama and leaders in Congress will need to agree on a way to reduce the federal budget deficit to avoid automatic, sweeping cuts in January. There&rsquo;s concern that the cuts could have a damaging effect on the economy and military programs.</p><p>The cuts are looming because Congress authorized the federal government to borrow more money last summer. In exchange, a bi-partisan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/supercommittee">super committee </a>(Michigan Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton served on the committee) was supposed to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit. But that committee failed.</p><p>Congressman Justin Amash says, yeah, he called it.</p><p>&quot;&hellip;That they would raise the debt ceiling, borrow more and then later on say &lsquo;oh we don&rsquo;t want to do these cuts&rsquo; and that&rsquo;s exactly what&rsquo;s happening,&rdquo; Amash said.</p><p>Amash, who represents Michigan&rsquo;s 3<sup>rd</sup>district, was the only Republican from Michigan to vote against what he says was a &ldquo;phony plan&rdquo; to begin with. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:12:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8620 at http://michiganradio.org US Congressmen Amash, Huizenga weigh in on “sequestration” debate In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-157 <p><strong>Update 4:43 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The MDCH posted the submerged oil study on their website this afternoon (it was also presented at a public meeting last night in Marshall). You can read more about the report <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-agency-says-submerged-oil-kalamazoo-river-not-health-threat">here</a>.</p><p><strong>10:35 a.m.</strong></p><p><strong>Report: No long term health effects from submerged oil</strong></p><p>Results of a Michigan Department of Community Health toxicology study reaches this conclusion. The results of the study were released last night.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>A study says there are no long-term health effects of submerged oil from last year&#39;s spill in southern Michigan&#39;s Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The Battle Creek Enquirer and the Kalamazoo Gazette report results of the Michigan Department of Community Health toxicology study were released Wednesday evening at a community meeting in Marshall to discuss the progress of a cleanup related to the spill.</p><p>The meeting was hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Officials say closed portions of the river could be reopened later this year or in 2012.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Big drug bust in Pontiac</strong></p><p>The DEA and the Oakland County sheriff&#39;s department released details of one of the bigger drug busts in Michigan.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Authorities in southeast Michigan say they&#39;ve seized an estimated $150 million worth of heroin and<br />cocaine during a bust earlier this month.</p><p>The Oakland County sheriff&#39;s department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday announced details of last Friday&#39;s bust in Pontiac. Authorities say a search of a home found 69 kilograms of heroin and 10.5 kilograms of cocaine.</p><p>The agencies say it&#39;s the largest quantity of heroin ever discovered in Michigan. Sheriff Mike Bouchard says the sheer quantity of drugs is &quot;startling.&quot;</p><p>Authorities say a traffic stop earlier in the day turned up 2 kilograms of suspected cocaine and led investigators to get a search warrant for the home. During the search of the home they found more than $560,000 in cash along with the heroin and cocaine.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Police called during protest a Huizenga&#39;s office</strong></p><p>Police were called after some protesters entered the building where U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga&#39;s (R-Zeeland) office is located downtown Muskegon.</p><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:35:12 +0000 Mark Brush 3808 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Republican Congressman Huizenga and debt ceiling crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-congressman-huizenga-and-debt-ceiling-crisis <p>President Obama and Congress have yet to find a solution to the nation&rsquo;s debt crisis. Last night, President Obama and Speaker Boehner separately addressed the nation. They gave their explanations of why a deal hasn&rsquo;t yet been reached.&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Congressman of Michigan, Bill Huizenga talks with us about debt ceiling debates in Washington and what his concerns are moving forward.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-979281.mp3 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 22:11:46 +0000 Jennifer White 3474 at http://michiganradio.org Republican Congressman Huizenga and debt ceiling crisis