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Amash supports Labrador for majority leader
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        June 13, 2014                                                                                        CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 <a href="mailto:will.adams@mail.house.gov">will.adams@mail.house.gov</a> <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash supports Labrador for majority leader</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Conservative needed to lead House conference, expand Republicans’ reach</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced his support for Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) for majority leader of the House.</p> <p>“The majority leader’s main job is to set the agenda for House Republicans. We must have a solid conservative set that agenda, or we’ll risk being out of step with our constituents,” said Amash. “Raúl Labrador is uniquely prepared to be a conservative voice on the Republican leadership team and to articulate and defend our principles in the media. I can think of no one more qualified to be our next leader.”</p> <p>“Washington Republicans can bury what happened last Tuesday with piles of excuses. But if they view Tuesday as an anomaly, they do so at their own peril,” continued Amash. “Ordinary Americans are frustrated that their representatives aren’t listening to them. They desperately want Republican leadership they can identify with, that speaks to their beliefs, and that will forcefully make our case going into the next term.”</p> <p>“We can’t respond to a stunning loss by giving a pat on the back and promotion to the same team. It’s time for someone new, someone conservative, someone who will put forward a fresh agenda, and someone we know is a proven and talented spokesman. That man is Raúl Labrador.”</p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-supports-labrador-majority-leader
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Amash casts 2,500th consecutive vote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        June 4, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov   <p align="center"><strong>Amash casts 2,500th consecutive vote</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Congressman continues perfect voting record</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) cast his 2,500th consecutive vote in Congress last week, extending the longest active voting streak of any sitting representative.</p> <p>“I never have missed a vote, and I publicly explain every vote I take,” said Amash. “Through diligence and transparency, I’m trying to show Congress what some West Michigan hard work can accomplish.”</p> <p>Amash is the first and only congressman to explain every vote he has cast, which he does on his public Facebook Page:</p> <p align="center">http://facebook.com/repjustinamash</p> <p>“Technology allows me to be more transparent and accountable to the people who elected me. My vote explanations have spurred members of the Michigan state House to increase transparency, and I hope the same will happen in Congress,” said Amash.</p> <p>Amash began posting vote explanations while a state representative. He began his perfect vote record there, too, totaling more than 1,300 votes in a row in the state House.</p> <p>The 2,500th congressional vote was on an amendment to H.R. 4660, the appropriations bill for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, science programs, and related agencies. His explanation was:</p> <p>For my 2,500th vote in Congress (and 2,500th public vote explanation), I voted no on the Cicilline of RI Amendment to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/hr4660">#HR4660</a>, which transfers $8.5 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program. The Project Safe Neighborhoods program sends federal funds to local governments to help reduce gun violence.</p> <p>Funding NASA is more appropriately a federal function than funding state and local law enforcement. Instead of directly funding local law enforcement functions, the federal government can improve the budget flexibility of local governments by eliminating the unfunded federal mandates that affect them.</p> <p class="align-center">The amendment was not agreed to 196-212.</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p class="align-right"> </p> <p class="align-center"> </p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-casts-2500th-consecutive-vote
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Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2014      CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   <p align="center"><strong>Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids </strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids.</p> <p>The town hall is open to the public.</p> <strong>WHO:</strong> Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting               <strong>WHEN:</strong> Saturday, May 17, 2014         10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> Grand Valley State University's Richard M. DeVos Center Room 136E 401 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49504    <p align="center">###</p>   <p> </p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-hall-grand-rapids-3
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Amash to host town halls in Caledonia and Marshall
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       April 11, 2014   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   <p align="center"><strong>Amash to host town halls in Caledonia and Marshall </strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Caledonia and Marshall.</p> <p>The town halls are open to the public.</p> <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong> Monday, April 14, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> Charter Township of Caledonia 8196 Broadmoor Ave. Caledonia, MI 49316   __________________________________________________________________________________________________   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong> Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> Calhoun County Building 315 W. Green St. Marshall, MI 49068   <p align="center">###</p> <p class="align-center"> </p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-halls-caledonia-and-marshall
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Amash announces winners of art competition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov   <p align="center"><strong>Amash announces winners of art competition</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Pieces to be displayed in U.S. Capitol and Amash’s congressional offices</em></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Third District at an awards ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday.</p> <p>Jessica Swanson’s piece, <em>Human Environment</em>, was named the grand prize winner and will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside winners from other congressional districts. <em>Let It In </em>by Alexis Hoffman (Caledonia High School) and <em>Tag It </em>by Amanda Klaasen (East Kentwood High School) were the Representative’s Choice winners and will be displayed for one year in Amash’s congressional offices.</p> <p>Swanson, a student at Northview High School, will visit Washington, D.C., this June for a reception honoring the winners. Pieces from Andrea Beary (Caledonia High School), Jasmine Bruce (Northview High School), MacKenzie Erwin (East Kentwood High School), Meghan Onak (Rockford High School), Madeline Ostrowski (Forest Hills Central High School), Oo Reh (East Kentwood High School), and Keaton Smith (East Grand Rapids High School) were named honorable mentions.</p> <p>The Battle Creek Society of Artists, Calhoun County Arts Council, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Kent Intermediate School District, Portland Community Arts Council, and UICA were sponsors and participated in the judging committee.</p> <p>The Congressional Institute sponsors the art competition in cooperation with the House of Representatives. The annual competition is open to high school students and more than 650,000 have participated in the competition since it began in 1982.  </p> <p>A copy of the grand prize winning piece is attached to this release.</p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-announces-winners-art-competition-1
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Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       March 31, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov   <p align="center"><strong>Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday.</p> <p>“I am honored to recognize these deserving students for their outstanding achievements. I wish them great success in their future endeavors,” said Amash.</p> <p>Applicants to the service academies require a nomination by a Member of Congress. To assist with the nomination process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who interviewed potential nominees, reviewed their applications, and made recommendations.</p> <p>In addition to the 10 service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 39 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.</p> <strong>Service Academy Appointments</strong>   Name                                 School                                                          Service Academy   Noah Becker                     Comstock Park High School                  United States Naval Academy                                                                                                                   United States Air Force Academy   Ethan R. Cook                  Marshall High School                              United States Military Academy   Daniel J. Davis II              Portland High School                              United States Military Academy   Alexandra Hoiles              Forest Hills Central High School         United States Naval Academy   Monica Lubis                    Marshall High School                              United States Air Force Academy   Timothy Naski                  East Grand Rapids High School          United States Naval Academy                                                                                                                 United States Air Force Academy   Devin Price                       Marshall High School                              United States Military Academy                                                                                                                 United States Air Force Academy   Turner Andrew Shaw       Harper Creek High School                    United States Military Academy   John Jurrien Veldkamp     Calvin Christian High School              United States Military Academy                                                                                                                  United States Air Force Academy   Ryan Whitlow                   Forest Hills Central High School           United States Air Force Academy   <strong>Congressional Medal of Merit Recipients</strong>   Name                                 School   Yuliana Alcauter               Union High School Jackson Bennett                Forest Hills Northern High School Kyle Beyer                        Lakeview High School Georgetta Booker             East Kentwood High School Travis R. Cole                   Douglas R. Welch High School Daniel Davis II                 Portland High School Carley Dibert                    Union City High School Scott Ely                           Byron Center High School Tatyona Fields                  Ottawa Hills High School Ethan Fletcher                   Battle Creek Central High School Ethan Guis                        West Michigan Lutheran High School Victoria Hager                  Lakewood High School Frederick Hallacy              St. Philip Catholic Central High School Ebony Haynes                   Byron Center Charter School Carl Herdegen                   Forest Hills Eastern High School Aimee Kalczuk                 West Catholic High School Steven Kopf                      Thornapple Kellogg High School Allison Lang                     Rockford High School Nick Lorencen                  Calhoun Christian School Monica Lubis                    Marshall High School Taylor Mackey                  Forest Hills Central High School Josiah March                     West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Sally Marsh                       East Grand Rapids High School Asia Nguyen                     West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Alena Olsen                      Caledonia High School Katie Oomkes                   Northview High School Lennox Gill Ramsey         West Michigan Aviation Academy Tyler Ridgeway                Homer High School Keirstyn Romesburg         Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center Nicholas Rossi                  Catholic Central High School Bailey Sarka                      Ionia High School Turner Shaw                      Harper Creek High School Jessica Shier                      South Christian High School Kellie Spahr                      Cedar Springs High School Daniel Stapley                   NorthPointe Christian High School Joseph Warner Van Harn  Grand Rapids Christian High School Kailyn Wales                     Hastings High School Andrew David Webb       Barry County Christian High School Cynthia Xiao                     City High Middle School <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-recognizes-service-academy-appointees-and-congressional-medal-merit-recipients
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Amash announces mobile office hours in Caledonia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2014   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 <a href="mailto:jordan.bush@mail.house.go">jordan.bush@mail.house.go</a>v <p class="align-center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash announces mobile office hours in Caledonia</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Staff available to assist Third District residents</em></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today announced that his staff will hold mobile office hours at the township hall in Caledonia from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25. Members of Amash’s staff will be on hand to provide constituents assistance with casework and other federal issues. No appointments are necessary, and questions may be directed to Amash’s staff at (616) 451-8383.</p> <p>“I understand that not every constituent has regular Internet access and some may have difficulty making it to our district offices in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. I want to bring our office to them,” said Amash.</p> <strong>WHO: </strong> Rep. Amash’s staff   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Mobile office hours   <strong>WHEN: </strong> Tuesday, March 25 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> Caledonia Township Board Room 8196 Broadmoor Ave. Caledonia, MI 49316   <p>Note: The Grand Rapids office will remain open as usual during mobile office hours.</p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-announces-mobile-office-hours-caledonia
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Amash to host town hall in Alpine Township
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      March 14, 2014       CONTACT Jordan Bush jordan.bush@mail.house.gov <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash to host town hall in Alpine Township</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Alpine Township.</p> <p>The town hall is open to the public.  </p> <strong>WHO:</strong> Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong> Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> Alpine Township Meeting Room 5255 Alpine Avenue NW Comstock Park, Michigan 49321 <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-hall-alpine-township
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Conservative groups give Amash top honors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Conservative groups give Amash top honors </strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Club for Growth, Heritage Action laud Amash for conservative votes</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) received top honors from two conservative groups this week. Club for Growth named Amash a “Defender of Economic Freedom” for 2013, while Heritage Action gave Amash the top score in the Michigan delegation.</p> <p>“I’ve made it my mission since the first day in office to defend the Constitution and advance individual liberty,” said Amash. “I’m honored that my work over the last three years has been recognized by every conservative group that tracks Congress.”</p> <p>Amash was one of 22 representatives to receive Club for Growth’s annual Defender of Economic Freedom award. He is one of only two members currently serving in the House to have a lifetime score of 100 percent from the group. The award is given to congressmen who consistently vote for lower taxes, less spending, fewer regulations, and school choice, among other free market issues.</p> <p>“Congress looks for any excuse to spend our tax dollars and grow government, but in 2013, the people of Michigan’s Third District had Justin Amash standing up for them in Washington,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “If we had more pro-economic growth fighters like Justin Amash serving in Congress today, America would be a better place.”</p> <p>Heritage Action, affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation, this week released its 2013 review of congressional votes as well. For the third year in a row, Amash ranked as its top congressman in the Michigan delegation.</p> <p>In every previous year as a congressman, Amash has won FreedomWorks’s “FreedomFighter” award and the National Taxpayers Union’s “Taxpayers’ Friend” award. Those organizations will announce their awards for 2013 later this year.</p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/conservative-groups-give-amash-top-honors
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Amash to host town hall in East Grand Rapids
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2014                                                        CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash to host town hall in East Grand Rapids</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in East Grand Rapids.</p> <p>The town hall is open to the public.  </p> <strong>WHO:</strong> Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong> Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> East Grand Rapids Community Center Rooms 101 &amp; 102 750 Lakeside Drive Se East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506 <p class="align-center"> </p> <p class="align-center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-hall-east-grand-rapids
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Amash introduces legislation criticizing ‘Common Core’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov   <p align="center"><strong>Amash introduces legislation criticizing ‘Common Core’</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Joins with 42 other congressmen to condemn federal intervention in local schools</em></p> <p>Grand Rapids, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and a coalition of 42 conservative congressmen introduced legislation condemning the federal government’s intervention in local schools through “Common Core” standards.</p> <p>“I’m proud of the many parents, local school districts, and states that have resisted Common Core. I want them to know that they have partners in Congress working to roll back this harmful policy,” said Amash.</p> <p>The federal government began encouraging states and school boards to adopt certain national education requirements as part of “Race to the Top,” which was funded by President Obama’s 2009 stimulus plan. Amash voted against participating in Race to the Top as a state legislator.</p> <p>Race to the Top provided more than $4 billion of federal funding to schools, but the program effectively conditioned the money on adoption of national education requirements. Compliant states and school boards also receive preferential treatment when seeking waivers from other federal mandates.</p> <p>The resolution, H. Res. 476, calls on states and school boards to “maintain the right and responsibility of determining educational curricula” and on the federal government to stop providing incentives to adopt Common Core.</p> <p>“The federal government should not impose Common Core standards and curriculum on our kids,” said Amash. “We have a strong tradition in this country of parental control of education, which fosters competition and diverse approaches to learning. That tradition is embodied in the Tenth Amendment, which is supposed to bar this kind of federal interference.”</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p> </p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-introduces-legislation-criticizing-%E2%80%98common-core%E2%80%99
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Amash announces U.S. service academies nominations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         February 10, 2014                                                                                 CONTACT Will Adams 202.225.3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov     <p align="center"><strong>Amash announces U.S. service academies nominations</strong></p> <p>Grand Rapids, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced he has nominated 19 students from West Michigan for appointment to the U.S. service academies. The nominees will be considered for the class of 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy. Nominees are not guaranteed appointment to an academy, but applicants must receive a congressional nomination to be considered.</p> <p>An Academy Advisory Board assists Amash with the selection of his nominees. Criteria considered by the advisory board when recommending a student for nomination include academic excellence, leadership experience, and a strong commitment to a variety of extracurricular activities.</p> <p>Amash nominated the following students:</p> <p></p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-announces-us-service-academies-nominations
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Amash Praises House Action on Pro-Life Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               January 28, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams will.adams@mail.house.gov <p align="center"> </p> <strong>Amash Praises House Action on Pro-Life Bill</strong> <em>Legislation Cosponsored by Amash Would End All Taxpayer Funding for Abortion</em>   <p align="left">WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) praised the House’s action on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which is scheduled to be voted on this afternoon. The bill aims to provide a comprehensive ban on federal funding for abortions.</p> <p align="left">“Using tax dollars to pay for the killing of innocent lives is unconscionable,” said Amash. “As a longtime supporter of this legislation, I am pleased that House leadership will bring the bill up for a vote, and I call on Senate leadership to do the same.”</p> <p align="left">Amash is an original cosponsor of H.R. 7, and he was an original cosponsor of the previous version of the bill in the last Congress.</p> <p align="left">The bill prohibits federal funds from being spent on abortions, health benefits plans that include abortion coverage, and federal health care facilities that perform abortions. This year’s bill was updated to include prohibitions on Obamacare exchange plans that offer abortion subsidies.</p> <p align="left">“I will continue to fight to protect the unborn,” said Amash. “Our country was founded on the ideal of individual liberty, and preserving that liberty must include preserving the right to be born.”</p> <p align="left">Amash has worked on several other bills to protect life during this Congress. He is an original cosponsor of H.R. 217, which cuts off certain funding to private entities that perform or fund abortions, and H.R. 1797, which bans abortions of unborn children 20 weeks old or older. Amash also is a cosponsor of H.R. 940, which protects the conscience of health care providers.</p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-praises-house-action-pro-life-bill
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Amash Knocks President's Surveillance Dodge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         January 17, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash Knocks President’s Surveillance Dodge </strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Congressman Calls on Congress to Enact Privacy Protections, Pass Freedom Act</em></p> <p align="left">Washington, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech concerning the government’s domestic surveillance programs:</p> <p align="left">“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated . . . .”</p> <p> The Founders proposed the Fourth Amendment to end once and for all suspicionless searches and seizures of Americans’ personal property and information.</p> <p> We now know that for some years our government has collected private information about our communications—and in many cases, the communications themselves. The government does this despite the fact that it suspects us of no wrongdoing.</p> <p> Nothing the President said today will end the unconstitutional invasion of Americans’ privacy.</p> <p> The President said he will not end the Patriot Act’s Sec. 215 program that collects the records of every phone call every American makes. Instead, he said that the government will continue to search those records without a warrant—but just a little less vigorously.</p> <p> The President said that when the government issues a subpoena to an Internet service provider for an American’s records, the government still can impose a permanent gag order on the ISP—but just when the government “demonstrates a real need for further secrecy.”</p> <p> The President said that the era of secret law will continue, that the court decisions that have contorted Congress’s limits on surveillance into broad authorizations will remain secret—but the intelligence officials who have executed mass surveillance and lied to Congress will, in their discretion, release some of the rulings as they see fit.</p> <p> Congress must do what the President apparently will not: end the unconstitutional violation of Americans’ privacy, stop the suspicionless surveillance of our people, and close the era of secret law.</p> <p> A coalition of 125 House members from both sides of the aisle have signed on to the USA FREEDOM Act. We must make the Freedom Act law.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-knocks-presidents-surveillance-dodge
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Amash to Host Town Halls in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        January 17, 2014     CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov     <p align="center"><strong>Amash to Host Town Halls in </strong><strong>Battle Creek and Grand Rapids</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. </p> <p>The town halls are free and open to the public and the media.</p> <strong>WHO:</strong> Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong> Wednesday, January 22, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> W.K. Kellog Gymnasium 60 West Van Buren Street Battle Creek, Michigan 49017 __________________________________________________________________________________________________   <strong>WHO:</strong> Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong> Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong> Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong> University Prep Academy 512 South Division Avenue Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 <p> </p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-halls-battle-creek-and-grand-rapids
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Amash to Host Town Hall in Springfield
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       December 16, 2013                                                                             CONTACT Jordan Bush 616.451.8383 Jordan.Bush@mail.house.gov <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash to Host Town Hall in Springfield</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today invited constituents to a town hall meeting on Tuesday, December 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the City of Springfield’s offices.</p> <p>“I look forward to answering questions about issues facing our country and the Third District of Michigan,” said Amash.</p> <p>The event is free and open to the public.</p> <strong>WHO:</strong>             Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong>           Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong>           Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong>         City of Springfield’s offices 601 Avenue A Springfield, Michigan 49037   <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-hall-springfield
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Amash and Huizenga to Host Academy Night
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               November 21, 2013                                                                     CONTACT Hayley Alexander (Amash) 202.225.3838 hayley.alexander@mail.house.gov                                                                                                    Brian Patrick (Huizenga) 202.225.4401 brian.patrick@mail.house.gov <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash and Huizenga to Host Academy Night</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) announced Academy Night for Second District and Third District high school students interested in learning more about the U.S. service academies. Academy Night is scheduled for Monday, November 25, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.</p> <p>Officials from the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy will provide information about the academies and the application process.</p> <p>Students typically begin the admissions process in the spring of their junior year of high school. More information about nominations can be found at:</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://amash.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations">http://amash.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations</a></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://huizenga.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm">http://huizenga.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm</a></p> <strong>WHO:</strong>            Rep. Justin Amash and Rep. Bill Huizenga Officials from the U.S. service academies   <strong>WHAT:</strong>            Academy Night   <strong>WHEN:</strong>            Monday, November 25, 2013 7–9 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong>            Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 303 Pearl St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-and-huizenga-host-academy-night
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Amash to Host Town Hall in Byron Township
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    November 4, 2013                                                                               CONTACT Jordan Bush 616.451.8383 Jordan.Bush@mail.house.gov <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Amash to Host Town Hall in Byron Township</strong></p> <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today invited constituents to a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Byron Township’s offices.</p> <p>“I look forward to answering questions about issues facing our country and the Third District of Michigan,” said Amash.</p> <p>The event and parking are free. The town hall is open to the public and the media.</p> <strong>WHO:</strong>             Rep. Justin Amash   <strong>WHAT:</strong>           Town Hall Meeting   <strong>WHEN:</strong>           Wednesday, November 6, 2013 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.   <strong>WHERE:</strong>         Byron Township’s offices 8085 Byron Center Ave. Byron Center, Michigan 49315   <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-host-town-hall-byron-township
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Congressmen Write Landmark Surveillance Reform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        October 29, 2013                                                                                  CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Congressmen Write Landmark Surveillance Reform</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Amash, Bipartisan Coalition Introduce Comprehensive Bill to Rein in NSA Snooping</em></p> <p align="left">Washington, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and a bipartisan coalition of congressmen this morning introduced comprehensive legislation to rein in the federal government’s unconstitutional surveillance of Americans.</p> <p align="left">The USA FREEDOM Act, H.R. 3361, reforms parts of the USA PATRIOT Act that have been used to surveil Americans’ telephone records and Internet activity, according to recent leaks.  Amash joined Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and more than 70 cosponsors in the House. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.</p> <p align="left">“The days of unfettered spying on the American people are numbered. This is the bill the public has been waiting for. We now have legislation that ceases the government’s unconstitutional surveillance. I am confident that Americans and their representatives will rally behind it,” said Amash.</p> <p align="left">Amash continued, “I am thrilled to join senior colleagues on the Judiciary Committee such as Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner and Ranking Member Conyers in introducing the bill.  Leading members on the committee of jurisdiction and a diverse group of more than 70 congressmen have signed on as original cosponsors. We have strong momentum.”</p> <p align="left">The comprehensive bill reforms several provisions in the Patriot Act that reportedly have been used to commit privacy abuses. First, the bill ends the government’s blanket collection of Americans’ records. Second, it increases the transparency of government surveillance. It ends the era of secret law by requiring FISA court opinions to be made available to all congressmen and summaries of the opinions to be made publicly available. Gag orders on telecommunications companies are modified so that the companies can make more information about government surveillance available to customers. Third, the bill increases privacy protections. It installs a Special Advocate to argue on behalf of Americans’ privacy before the FISA court, and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board receives subpoena power to perform its duties.</p> <p align="left">Introduction of the Freedom Act marks a major acceleration in the movement to reform government surveillance. The Amash-Conyers amendment, which was substantively incorporated into the Freedom Act, failed narrowly on a 205-217 vote in July. Eight of the Freedom Act’s original cosponsors voted against Amash-Conyers. Sensenbrenner and Leahy are the primary authors of the Patriot Act, which the Freedom Act reforms.</p> <p align="center">###</p>
Source: http://amash.house.gov/press-release/congressmen-write-landmark-surveillance-reform
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