congressional delegation http://michiganradio.org en Is the debt ceiling deadline important? Here’s what Michigan legislators said http://michiganradio.org/post/debt-ceiling-deadline-important-here-s-what-michigan-legislators-said <p><em>On Wednesday, October 9th, we asked a simple question of the 16 members of Michigan&#39;s congressional delegation, &quot;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is meeting the Oct 17th debt ceiling deadline important to you? Why or why not?&quot; You can see their responses below. We&#39;re updating this post as the responses come in.</span></em></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:45:59 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 14778 at http://michiganradio.org Is the debt ceiling deadline important? Here’s what Michigan legislators said Fewer town hall meetings, less face time with lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-town-hall-meetings-less-face-time-lawmakers <p>Town hall meetings give voters the chance to come face to face with the politicians who represent them. Recently, most of Michigan&rsquo;s seventeen U.S. Senate and House members have been steering clear of town hall meetings.</p><p>Instead some Congressional members are turning to tele-town hall meetings where they can talk over the phone with constituents. In these settings people can also send emails or use social media such as Twitter to ask questions or give comments.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-982983.mp3</p><p>In this interview Kathy Barks Hoffman, Lansing Correspondent of the Associated Press says:</p><blockquote><p>I think a lot of Congressional members know that voters are not happy with them, that&#39;s what the polls show, and I think they are a little reluctant to go head to head [with voters].</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:46:58 +0000 Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 3862 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer town hall meetings, less face time with lawmakers Michigan House members vote 11-4 in favor of debt deal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-members-vote-11-4-favor-debt-deal <p>Michigan&rsquo;s U.S. Representatives voted 11-4 in favor of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/02/138916516/senate-takes-up-debt-limit-bill-passage-likely">debt deal</a> proposed by House and Senate Congressional leaders. The four no votes came from Democratic Representatives Hansen Clarke, John Conyers, Gary Peters, and Republican Representative Justin Amash.</p><p>Statements from Michigan&rsquo;s congressional delegation in the House came out fast and furious after the vote.</p><p>In an address from the House floor, Democratic Congressman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/john-dingell">John Dingell</a>, who voted in favor of the bill, said:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;&hellip;this is not the bill I would have written, and I do not know a single Member of Congress who believes this bill is perfect.&nbsp; I agreed with President Obama&rsquo;s sentiments today when he said that &lsquo;as with any compromise, the outcome is far from satisfying.&rsquo;&nbsp; However, as a Member of Congress, there are times when you must hold your nose and vote for a compromise that, while imperfect, is necessary.&nbsp; I believe this is one of those times.&nbsp; The grave threat of default is far too near and too serious not to vote for this agreement&hellip;&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Also voting in favor of the bill was Republican Congressman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/fred-upton">Fred Upton</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;&hellip;This agreement begins to address our nation&#39;s long-term debt with firm spending cuts and caps, now and in the future.&nbsp; I voted for this agreement to ensure that we will not allow the full faith and credit of the United States to be compromised. The agreement will avert a default on the national debt, which would drive up interest rates, create major financial disruptions, and harm the U.S. economy.&nbsp; Meaningful spending cuts with real tools to enforce them are the reforms we need to finally stop the deficit spending and protect the next generation. Enactment of this agreement will keep our nation from default and protect Michigan families and job creators from untold economic damage.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:18:05 +0000 Zoe Clark 3571 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House members vote 11-4 in favor of debt deal U.S. House approves President Ford statue at Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/us-house-approves-president-ford-statue-capitol <p>The U.S. House of Representatives <a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/4733b6ddf71b47618d6fb56153f5a8a2/MI--Ford-Statue-Capitol/">has authorized a plan</a> to put a statue of President <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/geraldford">Gerald R. Ford</a> in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C., <a href="http://upton.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=229235">according to Michigan Congressman Fred Upton</a>. Rep. Upton says all 14 of his colleagues in Michigan&rsquo;s Congressional delegation co-sponsored the resolution.</p><p>The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate for approval. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The statue would replace a statue of Michigan abolitionist Zachariah Chandler. Federal law lets each state display two statues in the Capitol at one time.</p><p>Upton says a presentation ceremony for the new statue is planned May 3.</p></blockquote><p>President Ford represented Michigan in the U.S. House of Representative before he became President Richard Nixon&rsquo;s vice president. Ford succeeded Nixon in 1974. Ford passed away in 2006. Representative Upton released the following statement on his <a href="http://upton.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=229235">website</a>:</p><blockquote><p><br /><font class="middlecopy"><font class="middlecopy">&ldquo;As one who has the honor and privilege of representing some of the very same people in southwest Michigan that President Ford did during his time in the House, it gives me great pleasure to witness this fitting tribute to Michigan&rsquo;s native son,&rdquo; said Upton.&nbsp; &ldquo;President Gerald Ford is a Michigan original and a model for all those called to public service.&nbsp; A seemingly ordinary American who unexpectedly found himself in the presidency at one of our nation&rsquo;s most tumultuous times, Gerald Ford led with honesty and integrity.&nbsp; By standing above the political fray, President Ford allowed a wounded nation to heal.&rdquo;</font></font> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:06:27 +0000 Zoe Clark 1652 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. House approves President Ford statue at Capitol What Michigan lawmakers are saying about the State of the Union address http://michiganradio.org/post/what-michigan-lawmakers-are-saying-about-state-union-address <p>President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/25/remarks-president-barack-obama-state-union-address">gave this year's State of the Union address</a> last night to a joint session of the legislature. Members of Michigan's Congressional delegation were in attendance and many of them released statements quickly after the President finished his address.</p><p>Here's what a few lawmakers from Michigan thought about what the President had to say:</p><ul><li><a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow</a>: "I am pleased that the President focused on the most important issue for Michigan: helping our businesses grow and create jobs. As he said tonight, the way we do this is by out-innovating, out-building, and out-educating our competition. I am also happy he will continue to seek bipartisan action to address the budget deficit in a responsible way."</li></ul><ul><li><p><a href="http://upton.house.gov/">Republican Congressman Fred Upton</a>: <font face="Lucida Sans" size="1"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;;">“Yes, jobs and the economy should be our number one focus.&nbsp; No State has had a tougher time.&nbsp; We also know that Washington has not worked well together through the past number of years and the challenge for Congress was echoed in the President’s earlier statement as to ‘whether we can work together tomorrow.’&nbsp; Whether it’s fighting spending or helping our economy, we really have no choice but to roll up our sleeves and get to work.&nbsp; That will be my mission."</span></font></p></li><li><p><font face="Lucida Sans" size="1"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;;"><a href="http://dingell.house.gov/">Democratic Congressman John Dingell</a>: </span></font><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">"President Obama called on us to find common ground for the future of this great Nation— we need to manufacture in America, educate in America, and invest in America. &nbsp;This country has a history of rising to immense challenges and far exceeding expectations set for us.&nbsp; We are a great country and not only can we continue to compete globally, but we simply must.&nbsp; This means we have to invest in the future and create an atmosphere where innovation and ingenuity flourish."</span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"><a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Republican Congresswoman Candice Miller</a>: "</span>I sincerely hope the President understands we cannot continue to borrow and spend money because our current debt and level of spending is completely unsustainable and is limiting the opportunities for our children and grandchildren.&nbsp; It is also limiting our ability for job creation and economic growth. This past election was a historic pivot for our nation, where the voters demanded we chart a new course.&nbsp; It is time for both the President and the Congress to make clear that we heard the message.”</p></li><li><p><a href="http://levin.senate.gov/">Democratic Senator Carl Levin</a>: "The president gave a compelling and upbeat call to bipartisan action. His priorities were the right priorities, focusing on the economy and job creation, and on promoting innovation, new technologies and education as the path to achieving recovery and growth. I very much approve of his commitment to finish the mission in Iraq on schedule, and to begin the reduction of American troops in Afghanistan in July because I believe only a strengthened and enlarged Afghan army and police force can ensure success of our mission in Afghanistan by taking over responsibility for the security of their country." Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:40:26 +0000 Zoe Clark 1012 at http://michiganradio.org What Michigan lawmakers are saying about the State of the Union address Michigan Congressional delegation shows support for Rep. Giffords http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressional-delegation-shows-support-rep-giffords <p>Members of <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-be-sworn-today">Michigan's congressional delegation</a> sent out releases over the weekend expressing their anger and sadness over the shooting of <a href="http://giffords.house.gov/">U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords</a> in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday.&nbsp; Six people were killed <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/09/132780010/vitriol-cited-as-possible-factor-in-arizona-tragedy">in the attack outside of a Safeway</a>.</p><p>As the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, served with Giffords on the House Science and Technology Committee in the last session of Congress. He says he grieves for those killed and prays for the "speedy and full recovery" of her and the other wounded. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, says she and Giffords share an interest in border security and the space program. Miller says she's "deeply saddened by this senseless crime."</p></blockquote><p>Meanwhile, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576073002519837620.html?mod=googlenews_wsj">Jared Loughner</a>, the 22-year-old who is accused of killing six and injuring 13 others as he tried to kill Rep. Giffords, will appear in federal court today in Phoenix. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:51:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 806 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressional delegation shows support for Rep. Giffords The 112th Congress in numbers http://michiganradio.org/post/112th-congress-numbers <p>The politicos over at <a href="http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/01/05/5770003-first-thoughts-what-gop-control-of-the-house-means-and-doesnt">NBC's First Read</a> have put together a look at the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/05/AR2011010501936.html">112th Congress </a>by the numbers:</p><ul><li>In the House: Republicans will hold a 242-193 advantage.</li><li>In the Senate: Democrats will hold a 53-47 majority. (Two senators are independent but caucus with the Democrats).</li><li>There are 96 new members of the House (87 Republicans, nine Democrats).</li><li>The House will include 43 Tea Party-backed members.</li><li>The Senate will have five Tea Party-backed members.</li><li>In total, in the Senate, there will be 16 new members (13 Republicans, three Democrats). Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:01:49 +0000 Zoe Clark 755 at http://michiganradio.org The 112th Congress in numbers Get to know your Representative in D.C. http://michiganradio.org/post/get-know-your-representative-dc <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Michigan's congressional delegation is getting a makeover. One-third of its 15 members will be new when they're <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-be-sworn-today">sworn in later this afternoon at the Capitol</a>.&nbsp; Here's a rundown of who is in... and who is out:</p><p><strong>1st District</strong></p><p>Republican Dan Benishek won the race to succeed veteran Democrat Bart Stupak in Michigan’s 1st District which covers all of the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula. Stupak announced last April that he would not seek a 10th term in Washington. Benishek was a Tea-Party favorite and was endorsed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.</p><p><strong>2nd District</strong></p><p>Republican Bill Huizenga beat Democrat Fred Johnson in Michigan’s 3rd District in western Michigan.&nbsp; Huizenga takes the seat left open by Republican Pete Hoekstra who was a GOP candidate for governor in the state’s 2010 primary.</p><p><strong>3rd District</strong></p><p>West Michigan freshman state lawmaker Justin Amash beat his Democratic challenger Pat Miles in Michigan’s 3rd District which covers parts of west Michigan. At 30 years old, Amash will become one of the nation’s youngest U.S. Congressmen.&nbsp; He had Tea-Party backing.</p><p><strong>4th District</strong></p><p>Republican Dave Camp won an 11th term as Representative of Michigan’s 4th District.&nbsp; Camp beat his democrat challenger Jerry Campbell.&nbsp; The 4th District includes parts of Saginaw County, as well as northern and central Michigan. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 13:19:58 +0000 Zoe Clark 751 at http://michiganradio.org Get to know your Representative in D.C. Michigan's Congressional delegation to be sworn in today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-be-sworn-today <p>Members of Michigan's Congressional delegation will take the oath of office today at the nation's Capitol. As we've reported, the state's delegation is <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/mis-congressional-delegation-full-new-faces">full of new faces</a>. The Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-michigan-congress,0,2306641.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Longtime congressmen and first-termers alike are scheduled to be sworn in en masse at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, and incoming House Speaker John Boehner is to hold individual ceremonies for some lawmakers later in the day. One of those getting an individual swearing-in ceremony is Justin Amash, a Republican from the Grand Rapids area. New Michigan Republican congressman Tim Walberg of Tipton also will be sworn in individually by Boehner around the same time.</p></blockquote><p>There are 15 members of the state's Congressional delegation, five of them are new.&nbsp; Although, GOP <a href="http://www.walbergforcongress.com/Home.aspx">Representative Tim Walberg</a> could be considered a 'second year freshman' as he won a seat in Congress in 2006 but lost it in 2008.&nbsp; He won back the seat in this past November's election. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 13:02:54 +0000 Zoe Clark 750 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Congressional delegation to be sworn in today GM CEO to meet with Michigan lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-meet-michigan-lawmakers <p><a href="http://www.gm.com/corporate/about/bios/akerson.jsp">Dan Akerson</a>, Chairman and CEO of <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a>, is planning to meet Friday with members of Michigan's congressional delegation.&nbsp; That's according to an official familiar with the meeting.&nbsp; The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-gm-akerson,0,7214707.story">The Associated Press</a> that, "it will give Akerson a chance to meet some Michigan lawmakers for the first time".</p><p>Akerson was named GM's CEO in September, 2010. GM has not yet commented on the meeting.</p><p>As the AP <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-gm-akerson,0,7214707.story">notes</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Michigan's 15 House members and two senators were key allies for GM as it underwent a government-led bankruptcy in 2009. The Detroit company had its initial public offering last November, reducing the government's ownership share to 33.3 percent. Tue, 04 Jan 2011 11:43:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 733 at http://michiganradio.org GM CEO to meet with Michigan lawmakers Commentary: Michigan Power http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-michigan-power <p>Who are Michigan’s most powerful people in Washington? For decades, the same names have come to mind. First, Dearborn’s John Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in history.</p><p>For many years, Dingell was either the chair, or ranking Democrat, of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.&nbsp; Then come the Levins. Younger brother Carl is chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Older brother Sandy this year became the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.</p><p>Then there is John Conyers, who has chaired the House Judiciary Committee for the last four years. These men are icons.&nbsp;</p><p>But they are aging icons, and when the Republicans take over&nbsp; the House next month, Conyers, Dingell and Sandy Levin will lose power and status, because they will be in the minority.</p><p>But Michigan will have two newly powerful representatives in key positions, men who are far less well known statewide -- but whom we ought to get to know better. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:40:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 529 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Michigan Power