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@MyKitchenTable: Friday, July 29, 2022

Washington, July 29, 2022 | Jamal Ware (202 - 225 - 3761)

July 29, 2022

@MyKitchenTable: Friday, July 29, 2022

Dear Friend:

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley


Many of you may have heard me talking about semiconductor chips and the strong tie to Michigan and the nation’s economy. The lack of domestic chip production has caused delays and thousands of auto jobs have been put on hold due to lack of readily available chips, interrupting the supply chain in so many products. This week, the House passed the CHIPS bill after it passed in the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 64 to 33 on Tuesday morning. This bill provides critical funding for domestic chip fabrication plants (also known as “fabs”) and tax-incentives for companies across the country to invest in this essential industry for economic and national security reasons. Importing chips has proven to be a costly and unreliable way to go about things. Investing in American chip manufacturing will open the floodgates to innovation and lower costs on everything from cell phones to vehicles – all important technologies that rely on chips. I also explained how important this bill is with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan’s Big Show on Thursday morning. You can listen to the episode HERE.

A huge win for domestic manufacturing with good-paying jobs in the Midwest. The U.S. once produced >40% of the world’s chips which has now fallen to 12%. Intel announced they would invest tens of billions in this country versus overseas with this legislation enacted.


On Wednesday, the House passed the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act by a bipartisan vote of 416 to 12 with my support. This bill ensures the continuity of several telehealth polices under Medicare that were first put in place at the beginning of the pandemic. It will now continue through 2024, pending Senate approval. Among other provisions, Medicare services will be extended throughout the country – a pivotal step in expanding rural healthcare and so important as experienced firsthand the value of telehealth throughout the COVID era.


As many of us know, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 this week and has credited his mild symptoms and quick recovery to Paxlovid, a COVID treatment made by Pfizer right here in Portage. Unfortunately, this latest strain of the virus seems to be able to evade vaccine immunity and immunity from previous COVID infections,  leading to a rise in numbers across Southwest Michigan that you can read more about HERE.


I am leading a bipartisan letter to ensure Michigan gets its fair share for lead line replacement. Specifically, we are requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expedite and complete the next Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment by need before designating funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the BIF, for FY 2023. We want to ensure all states have access to necessary resources to provide lead-free water to their citizens. As we’ve seen in Flint and Benton Harbor, Michigan has an outsized need for additional resources to make certain everyone has access to clean drinking water. Without changing the EPA’s initial proposal, more than $1 billion in funding would be unjustifiably diverted away from those that have the greatest need. I will continue to press the administration on this key issue.Image


On Wednesday, I joined Adriel Bettelheim of Axios to discuss healthcare post-pandemic and the progress of Cures 2.0. Even though there is not much legislative time left between the August recess, the election and holiday breaks coming up shortly after, I am still pushing to get elements of Cures 2.0 to the president’s desk before the end of the year. You can watch my interview HERE.


This week the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport welcomed direct service by Avelo Airlines to Florida. This new flight is good news for Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan, and another great benefit for residents living in our area. This expanded service gives riders the chance to reach a new destination from our own backyard and is another sign of the vibrancy of our community. I have been a long-time supporter of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport, and I am happy to hear it is making more travel options for our families and neighbors possible. You can read more about this new service HERE.


This coming Monday I will be at Western Michigan University with my colleague, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) for a roundtable discussion on bipartisanship and the work of the Problem Solver’s Caucus. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Edward Montgomery, the President of WMU. While the round table will not be livestreamed, I’ll be sure to include a link in my next Kitchen Table update.

When the House adjourns today, we will start our August break at home. The Senate will be in session next week and they will likely begin debate on a major comprehensive reconciliation bill which raises roughly $739 billion in taxes, provides subsidies for energy, an extends healthcare subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. Should the Senate adopt this bill, we will likely be called back in August to consider it as well. You can read the Wall Street Journal story on the proposed Senate package HERE.



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