Author: Jason Lewis

When I visited the southern border earlier this year I saw first-hand the challe…

When I visited the southern border earlier this year I saw first-hand the challenges our law enforcement officials face to keep our country safe. Tonight I voted for legislation that passes the remaining government funding bills and would ensure we properly fund border security so that we know who is coming into our country and we stop those who wish to do us harm. Additionally, we prevent human trafficking, stem the flow of dangerous drugs like fentanyl and stop those who take unfair advantage of our nation’s generosity—at the expense of our fellow Americans. This common sense compromise bill also provides aid to disaster-hit areas, reauthorizes a number of expiring programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Violence Against Women’s Act. I have called for and previously supported compromise measures to address our border security, immigration system, and DACA recipients – a true compromise bill my democratic colleagues opposed. However, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer seem to think that compromise means they get everything they want and in return the American people get no assurances that our border and national security will be addressed. It’s troubling, but one is left with the very sad reality that today’s Democratic party is committed to appeasing their most radical, open-border advocates by calling for the abolishment of ICE and blocking Congress from finishing our funding bills and improving our...

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Criminal justice bill passes House, heads to President Trump for his signature

Today the House passed the First Step Act and it now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. While we can and should do more to fix our criminal justice system, this bill is a great “first step” in tackling our nation’s overcriminalization and recidivism problems. As a strong proponent of criminal justice reform, it has been extremely exciting to have a hand in helping pass not only this bill but also my Juvenile Justice Reform bill. Both of these bills help those who have previously made poor decisions get their lives back on track and...

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For decades, our nation’s juvenile justice system struggled to function under an…

For decades, our nation’s juvenile justice system struggled to function under antiquated methods that fail our most at-risk kids and perpetuate a cycle of incarceration. Today we finally tackled this much-needed reform by passing my Juvenile Justice Reform Act out of Congress and sending it to the President’s desk. This historic reauthorization—remarkably, the first since 2002—has been recognized as long overdue by both Republicans and Democrats in the House as well as the Senate. Through bipartisan efforts, we crafted meaningful reforms designed to prioritize effective strategies, improve public safety, increase efficiencies and help give troubled kids a second chance to become productive citizens....

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Giving our Minnesota farmers much needed certainty has been a priority of mine, …

Giving our Minnesota farmers much needed certainty has been a priority of mine, and that’s why I support agriculture and voted for the Farm Bill’s passage two times. Unfortunately, I could not vote for today’s half a trillion dollar farm bill after modest reforms to the SNAP program—which accounts for nearly 80% of the bill’s cost—were removed in conference. As everyone suggests, our fiscal situation is serious enough that we simply cannot continue to kick the can down the road and fail to address our very serious problems with debt service—which stem directly from federal spending. We now have twice the number of food stamp recipients than pre-recession levels even though the economy continues its robust expansion. The House reforms would have helped by simply requiring only able-bodied adults with no young dependents to meet basic work, training, or volunteer requirements to remain eligible for SNAP benefits. Moreover, these reforms would have a profound impact on workforce development, welfare transparency and our fiscal situation....

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