ICYMI: What Swing District GOP House Members’ Constituents Are Reading

September 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — House Republicans barnstormed their districts during August: returning home to announce wins and their plans to improve the lives of the people they represent.

In case you missed it…

John James (MI-10)

Macomb Daily: $25 million may be secured for 10th congressional district projects, Soo Locks also may be in line for $22 million

“U.S. Rep. John James, a Shelby Township Republican who represents the 10th District, says requests granted under the program are allocated within their respective agency program accounts and would not raise the overall spending level of the bill that was approved. The awards are for fiscal year 2024.”

Van Orden (WI-03)
LaCrosse Tribune: Van Orden hosts almost 300 farmers, elected leaders at farm bill listening session

“Discussed topics included crop insurance, input costs, an aging workforce, funding for new technology, agricultural research and the impact of government regulation. U.S. Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Prairie du Chien, who sits on the House Committee on Agriculture, hosted the listening session along with committee chairman Rep. Glenn Thompson.”

Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05)
KATU: Rep. Chavez-DeRemer introduces legislation to ‘kill Oregon tolling permanently’

“U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Oregon, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would ban the use of federal funding and prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation from approving tolling projects on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in Oregon.The bill has been dubbed the ‘No Tolls on Oregon Roads Act.'”

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)
WFMZ: Brian Fitzpatrick announces $185K in grants for Bucks County first responders

“A Bucks County fire company and EMS squad will receive nearly $185,000 in federal grants, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) announced Friday. According to a press release from Fitzpatrick’s office, Warwick Township Fire Co. No. 1 received $167,192.38, and the Chalfont Emergency Medical Services received $17,535.81.”

Jen Kiggans (VA-02)
Washington Examiner: Freshman GOP lawmaker sounds alarm about dilapidated military housing in district

Freshman Rep. Jen Kiggans (R-VA) was despondent whenever she saw that the House’s version of the Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act would slash the funding to fiscal 2022 levels… ‘I was kicking and screaming and pretty much yelling at people like, ‘Is there anything we can do? Is there an amendment? Is there a floor amendment?’ I’m trying to understand the process of Congress, how to get things done, and we had missed that,” Kiggans said.”

Tom Kean (NJ-07)
Tap Into Somerville: Kean Visits Somerville YMCA in Advance of House Vote to Spend $3.8M on Renovations

“Rep. Tom Kean, Jr., R-7th, toured the Somerville YMCA Thursday afternoon to hear first-hand how the facility plans to spend almost $3.8M in federal funds to expand and build classrooms to help ease a space crunch in local schools.”

Lauren Boebert (CO-03)
Montrose PressI’m excited to be home” Congresswoman Lauren Boebert discusses national, local issues

“Digging into matters of regional importance, Boebert said she’s secured around $20 million for water and infrastructure projects in CD-3, as 10 of her project requests were approved by the House Appropriations Committee. These include projects as close as Gunnison and Glenwood Springs, while Boebert noted $2 million that was appropriated toward building a new interchange for I-70 at 29 Road near Grand Junction will benefit many constituents, including Montrose residents.”

Brandon Williams (NY-22)
The Oneida Daily Dispatch: Congressman Williams visits Sherrill Manufacturing

“‘I’ve actually toured two manufacturers in Oneida County today,’ Williams said. ‘Briggs and Stratton have doubled their workers here in the past three years. It’s a tremendous investment right here in Central New York in manufacturing. I just can’t thank you enough for your investment, for your investment in the future of New York. It’s absolutely critical that we keep jobs here.'”

Don Bacon (NE-02)
3News Now: Rep. Bacon visits eCreamery warehouse and distribution center; owners urge protections for small businesses

“eCreamery wants legislation to support several policy issues to protect its ability to effectively market to customers. One thing the business supports is a national privacy law. ‘Our goal was to educate Congressman Bacon on how we use data to help the consumer and help grow our small business. I think he was able to learn how we do this on a day-to-day basis,’ App said.”

Michelle Steele (CA-45)
Orange County Register: Wave of smash-and-grab thefts condemned by Orange County congress members

“During a public discussion in Irvine, Kim and fellow Orange County Reps. Michelle Steel and Lou Correa told members of the Orange County Taxpayers Association that they’re working on everything from new legislation to international diplomacy as a way to end the crime sprees that recently have hit hard in Southern California.”

Marc Molinaro (NY-19)
Binghamton Homepage: Molinaro’s August Action Plan

“Calling it his August Action Plan, the freshman Republican has been attending community events, hosting roundtables, and visiting constituents on farms, small businesses, non-profits and more. Today, he held an open house at his main district office in the MetroCenter in downtown Binghamton. Molinaro says voters continue to express concern over the economy and public safety. He says it’s his responsibility to be accessible to everyone.”

Zach Nunn (IA-03)
Des Moines Register: Zach Nunn introduces new bill cracking down on online child pornography and sexual abuse

“Nunn announced the legislation at a news conference Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Des Moines, surrounded by local law enforcement officials. ‘It is imperative that we use the full extent of the law to hold accountable those who would exploit and sexually assault a child in violation of the laws, and moving it from pornography to what it truly is: a sexual crime against a minor,’ Nunn said.”

Ryan Zinke (MT-01)
Flathead Beacon: Zinke and Former Trump Administration Officials Hone in on Federal Overreach, Immigration, Fentanyl at Whitefish Event

“Over the course of 90 minutes, Zinke, joined by former acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and former acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker… highlighting what they described as unchecked immigration at the Southern Border and an explosion of fentanyl on American streets.”