Friday, May 17, 2013
Congressman John D. Dingell, who represents the 12th district stretching into the Downriver and Dearborn areas.
Longtime Congressman John Dingell criticized House of Representative Republicans Thursday for passing The Patients' Rights Repeal Act, calling it a "callous disregard for the health and well-being" of Americans. The House majority voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare—formally known as the Affordable Care Act. Many expect it will not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Dingell, who represents communities in the Dearborn and Downriver areas, blasted the Republican-supported vote, according to a statement from his office. “Mr. Speaker, it has often been said by many, including everyone from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklin, that the very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. “We…
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Wyandotte Congressman released a statement Friday on cuts that would go into effect at midnight if Congress doesn't take action.
Friday, March 1
With a deadline of midnight tonight before the Office of Management and Budget must propose a plan for agencies to administer pending sequestration cuts, Congressman John Dingell—who serves Wyandotte—released a statement urging Congress to take action: Congress needs to avert this sequester, and it must be done immediately. This will hurt our economy at a time where we cannot afford another self-inflicted wound from Washington. Under these reckless, across-the-board cuts, hardworking American families and small businesses will suffer. Our national security will suffer. Federal investment in vital programs across Michigan will suffer—including funding to keep teachers in classrooms, police on the beat, and our men and women in uniform …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, whose district includes Wyandotte, called the monument a reminder "of both the progress made, and the work still left to be done."
Michigan legislators were among members of Congress and President Barack Obama on Wednesday to witness the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. The monument to the civil rights pioneer sits in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Congressman John Dingell, who serves as Wyandotte's U.S. representative, commented that the statue "honors an American hero that sat defiantly in the face of injustice." "While the bravery and strength of Ms. Rosa Parks has lived on in the fight for equality since that December day in 1955," he said in a statement, "I believe that this statue will serve as a reminder for all who visit our nation’s capital of both the progress made, and the work still left to be done." Parks is known as an activist…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Dingell highlighted his legislative accomplishments, and spoke of what needs to come next for the 12th District.
Congressman John Dingell delivered his annual "State of the District" address Wednesday in Ann Arbor before the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce. The speech included an update on legislation and projects affecting Michigan’s 12th Congressional District in 2012, his ongoing work in Congress, and challenges that lie ahead for the district and the nation. The newly formed 12th District includes much of southeastern Wayne County, including Wyandotte, Trenton and Dearborn, as well as parts of Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor. “I’ve come to tell you that the state of our 12th Congressional District is strong,” Dingell told the crowd in prepared remarks. “Here at home, we know that we need a government that works for the …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president unveiled a sweeping number of proposals Wednesday designed to curb gun violence. What do you think?
President Obama on Wednesday unveiled what is being called the most ambitious gun control agenda in decades, initiating 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post. According to the White House fact sheet, Obama’s plan includes: In Michigan, Sen. Carl Levin quickly released the following statement: "I strongly support the efforts President Obama outlined today to curb the gun violence that plagues our nation. I have long supported legislation to restore the ban on assault weapons. I also have supported closing the gun show loophole to strengthen the background checks that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, domestic …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A report released Monday claims that ending current lowered tax rates will hurt consumer spending.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-15th District) this week backed a message from the White House that the end of current tax rates for the nation's middle class would hurt consumer spending and thus, the economy. Income tax cuts currently in effect for families making less than $250,000 per year are set to expire Jan. 1. The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would extend all income tax cuts, and the bill is supported by President Barack Obama and House Democrats, including Dingell. In a statement released Monday, Dingell called on both parties in Congress to work together in order to extend current tax rates. “Middle class families and our economy can’t afford a tax hike,” he said. “Congress needs to act in a bipartisan fashion to protect the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Dingell called his win in a release sent out Tuesday night.
With results still coming in, U.S. Rep. John Dingell has called the race for his re-election to the House of Representatives. He faces Republican Cynthia Kallgren, a businesswoman from Trenton, in the race for the newly drawn district, which includes parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties. If officially re-elected, Dingell will enter his 30th term in Congress in January. That will make him the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history. “I want to thank the fine people of Michigan's 12th Congressional District for once again allowing me to serve them in the U.S. House; it is my distinct honor and privilege to do so," Dingell said in a statement released Tuesday night. "I will continue to fight hard for their priorities and to make them …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Dearborn's Democratic Congressman gives his thoughts on the history of Labor Day.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Congressman John Dingell (D-Dearborn) shared his thoughts on Labor Day in a statement. Do you agree with his views? Tell us in the comments. "Today we honor the labor movement in America–a movement that is the engine of our middle class. America's workers are the best in the world and their productivity and ingenuity have enabled millions of families to achieve the American dream. "We must not forget how got here: organized labor fought and won numerous battles to ensure fair treatment and motivation in the workplace. Our parents and grandparents led this movement which ended child labor, established fair wages, instituted pensions for American families to live on when they retire, implemented paid sick and vacation leave, created …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Cynthia Kallgren will face longtime U.S. Rep. John Dingell in the Nov. 6 general election.
With late-night numbers too close to call on the Aug. 7 primaries, unofficial results from the Michigan Secretary of State Wednesday morning are giving the Republican bid for the 12th District U.S. House of Representatives seat to Trenton businesswoman Cynthia Kallgren. With 100 percent of precincts reporting from the Wayne and Washtenaw territories the new 12th District covers, Kallgren appears to have won by 358 votes over Karen Jacobsen of Dearborn. Kallgren's camp called the election around 9 a.m. Wednesday via their Twitter account, telling followers "The final results are in! Thanks to everyone who made this possible." The tweet links to results as reported by the Associated Press; however, the AP and other media outlets had not …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Candidates for the 12th District say it's time for John Dingell to retire. But the Dearborn Democrat said he still has work to do in the nation's capital.
If first-time candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th District are hoping that distancing themselves from politics will help boost their campaigns, Congressman John Dingell is banking on exactly the opposite. Out of four nominees for the seat that would encompass downriver, Dearborn and west to Ann Arbor, Dingell is the only who has held office. And it’s his experience that he believes will carry him into his 30th term. More: Meet the 12th Congressional District candidates “I never thought ignorance or inexperience was a qualification for running for office,” Dingell said in an interview with Dearborn Patch, speaking about candidates who tout their lack of political backgrounds. But other candidates say it's their …