The Thumb’s freshman congresswoman is slated to hold several town halls in the next few days — the first series announced since she took office earlier this year.
U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township, will be in Harbor Beach, Port Austin and Caseville for three separate events on Monday. On Tuesday, she is slated to be in Marine City, Marysville and New Baltimore.
Each town hall is scheduled at 45 minutes, according to a release.
McClain replaced former congressman, Paul Mitchell, who didn’t run for re-election last year.
She covers Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac counties, as well as part of Macomb and Tuscola counties.
Town halls schedule
Monday, March 15
- 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., Harbor Beach City Hall, 766 State St.
- 11 – 11:45 a.m., Port Austin Township Hall, 8751 North Hellems Road
- 12:15 – 1 p.m., Caseville City Hall, 6767 Main St.
Tuesday, March 16
- 9:30 – 10: 15 a.m., New Baltimore Civic Club, 36551 Main St.
- 11 – 11:45 a.m., Marine City Chamber, 480 South Water St.
- 1 – 1:45 p.m., Marysville Community Center, 867 East Huron Blvd.
Since taking office, McClain has sponsored or co-sponsored roughly 50 legislative measures. The following are a few of those bills, as well as other subjects she’s publicly addressed.
Supporting the National and Coast guards
Among McClain’s more recent efforts address concerns related to the U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard.
Following the heavy icebreaking activity amid widespread flooding along St. Clair County’s waterfront in February, McClain joined several other lawmakers this month to back a U.S. House bill that would more clearly define the Coast Guard’s icebreaking activities on the Great Lakes.
Dubbed the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act, HR 1561 was introduced March 3.
Lorne Thomas, a district governmental affairs officer for the Coast Guard, said the agency technically performs icebreaking in channels and harbors under a 1936 Roosevelt executive order.
McClain, in a release earlier this month, said further codifying those duties would clarify the Coast Guard’s mission and help make sure policy is meeting commerce demands. Similar measures have been introduced in the past prior to her election.
“This winter, towns along the St. Clair River are experiencing widespread flooding due to thick ice forming on the river,” the congresswoman said in a statement. “It’s apparent now more than ever that we need an additional heavy icebreaker in the Great Lakes region to meet the demands of the winter months and prevent flooding.”
Last Thursday, McClain was also one of 13 co-sponsors to a bill introduced directing the secretary of defense to pay per-diem to reimburse some National Guard members for out-of-pocket money they would’ve spent on food while deployed at the Capitol from Jan. 26 through March 15.
She also joined a bipartisan letter earlier this month calling for National Guard to void the contract related to food received by Michigan National Guard members while in Washington D.C.
In a statement on March 3, McClain said, “I am horrified our guardsmen and women, who are protecting our Capitol, are being fed inedible food. This problem needs to be addressed now before anyone else gets sick.”
Prior to her election, McClain had spoken in favor of supporting businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most recently, she voted against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, an economic stimulus bill aimed in response to COVID-19. Last week, she called it a “partisan Democrat wish list.”
“When only 9% of this spending goes directly to COVID relief, it’s hard to even call this a COVID relief bill,” McClain said in a statement.
In February, she was additionally one of nine to back a measure, that would require state and local governments to commit to not limiting operation, hours, or occupancy of small businesses without local legislative action before receiving future payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
McClain introduced a bill prohibiting research with human fetal tissue obtained through abortions within the first month of her taking office.
The measure, HR 568amends the Public Health Service Act and was referred to the House energy and commerce committee, where it remains.
In a statement at the time, McClain said she wanted to protect unborn people, adding, “The Safe RESEARCH Act … ensures scientists can continue important research so long as they’re not using fetal tissue from abortions.”
Also introduced in January, the Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act of 2021 would require physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 15 miles of their primary office. Clinics would have to comply with requirements for ambulatory surgery centers, as well.
A House resolution introduced Feb. 2 — co-sponsored by McClain and 11 others — supports an international investigation into how China handled COVID-19 and its impact on Americans, as well as citizens of other countries.
A bill, HR 1263, introduced later that month would limit federal funding for institutions of higher education that have partnerships with China.
Another, HR 352 or the CCP Visa Disclosure Act of 2021, would require those applying for a student to exchange visitor visa to disclose receipt of funds from the Chinese government and communist party, and if the case, to inform U.S. Homeland Security and State Department. That was introduced in January and referred to a subcommittee on immigration and citizenship on March 5.
McClain was one of five and 11 co-sponsors, respectively, with both House bills.
The congresswoman was among three co-sponsors backing a bill, HR 1634, introduced March 8 that would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to ban voting systems used to administer elections for federal office from containing any wireless components.
Another in January — HR 607, for which McClain’s among nine sponsors — would establish the Election Integrity Commission to study the November 2020 processes and make recommendations to Congress to improve security and oversight of federal elections.
“The Voter Confidence Act is like watching a game film on our previous election,” McClain said in a statement about the measure earlier this year. “We must ensure Americans feel confident in the integrity of our voting system and I believe establishing this commission is a vital first step.”
Efforts in other issues
Throughout her first two months in office, McClain has supported legislative efforts related to veterans’ issues and finance, among a wide range of other issues.
Two veterans’ affairs-related measures include HR 1520 and 217, for which she was one of six and 20 co-sponsors, respectively.
The former, introduced this month, directs the secretary of veteran affairs to establish a pilot program to provide veteran health savings accounts to allow vets to receive care based under non-department services. The other, introduced in early January and dubbed the Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act, handles enforcement of a licensure requirement for VA medical providers.
One bill introduced in February addresses broadband access, and McClain was one of 11 to back it. HR 1362 would amend statute to allow refundable credit against the tax for purchases of communication signal boosters in areas without adequate broadband internet access.
McClain introduced another bill Feb. 22 that’d limit the U.S. from rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Last month, she called the deal “horrific” and “incredibly dangerous.”
“Lifting President Trump’s sanctions on Iran, including visa restrictions on Iranian leaders, gives the regime relief without any verification of adherence to the spirit of the deal,” the congresswoman had said in a statement. “This sets a dangerous precedent. Iran must hold up its end of the deal before any sanctions are lifted.”
Additionally in February, McClain’s office announced the creation of an agriculture advisory council, appointing a group of farmers in the Thumb to serve as a voice for issues impacting the agriculture community. She said previously she aimed to meet routinely.
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