Moolenaar tells why he deserves re-election

March 1, 2018

By Pat Maurer

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar made a stop at the Clare County Review office as one of 15 county visits announcing his candidacy for a third term in Congress.

Moolenaar was elected to represent Michigan’s Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2014.  He represents 15 counties in the heart of

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar made a stop on his re-election campaign tour Friday at the Review office.

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar made a stop on his re-election campaign tour Friday at the Review office.

the Lower Peninsula and serves on the House Committee on Appropriations.

Moolenaar said he has currently been working on tax cuts. “The Job’s Act is making a positive difference with people seeing more in their paychecks.”

He said business tax cuts are also bringing money back to our shores, noting that Dodge Chrysler is binging their Ram truck manufacturing back to Michigan from Mexico. “That means 2,500 jobs because of the tax cuts,” he said. “We need those jobs in Michigan.

He said he is also working for “greater accountability” in the Veterans Administration. “When the VA scandal happened only one job was lost because of it.

Because of greater accountability over 700 have lost their jobs at the VA for not serving veterans appropriately.

He said his goal is to rebuild the military, noting that the armed forces have received their first pay raise in eight years. “I want to make sure to give the military the resources they need. They face threats from North Korea, Iran, Russia as well as an emerging China that is becoming more active militarily.” He added, “We are defeating ISIS. That’s good news.”

Moolenaar said he is also involved in restoring Great Lakes funding to prevent the influx of Asian Carp and other invasive species.

John is the only Michigan representative on the Appropriations Committee and serves on sub committees on health where he is working on resources to combat the national opioid crisis.

As part of an emphasis on rural infrastructure he will also be focusing in the next weeks on the Farm Bill working on expanding internet access through broadband services to rural areas.  He has also fought for the 15,000 farmers of the Fourth District by opposing regulations that would let federal bureaucrats have power over mud puddles and ditches on farmers’ fields.

“I want to continue to modernize our efforts to give our workers the skills needed to meet employer’s needs, developing resources for job training and technical education, and promoting skilled trades,” he added.

He supports middle-class tax relief, a balanced budget, more government accountability, a health care system that puts patients first, and national security laws that secure the border and keep America safe.

“We have a lot going on but it’s all good,” he said, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve our district.”

Moolenaar, born and raised in Midland, and a graduate of Herbert Henry Dow High School and Hope College, also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He worked in the private sector at Dow Chemical as a chemist. Later he was a Director of the Small Business Center at Middle Michigan Development Corporation and an administrator at the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Services.

He served for six years in the Michigan House and four years in the Michigan Senate before being elected to the U.S. seat.

John and his wife Amy have six children and continue to live in Midland.

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