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The U.S. Representative for Michigan's 1st congressional district, serving since 2011.
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ENG: Daniel Joseph Benishek (born April 20, 1952) is an American physician and politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Early life, education, and medical career Benishek was born in Iron River, Michigan in 1952, to a daughter of Polish immigrants. His father was killed in local iron mines in 1957, so Dan was raised by his widowed mother and extended family. He worked in the family business, the Iron River Hotel, until he went to college. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974 with a degree in biology. From there, he graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1978. Prior to his election to Congress, he was a general surgeon in the Dickinson County ...
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Benishek's Goals Include Healthcare, Social Security

The race to fill Congressman Bart Stupak's seat representing the entire Upper Peninsula and most of the Northern Lower Peninsula is considered too close to call. It's drawing national attention. To The PointRepublican nominee, Dr. Dan Benishek, is a big man, six-foot-three. You can't miss him on the campaign trail. However imposing his physical stature, though, he keeps it short and polite when addressing an audience. At a G.O.P. rally in Escanaba earlier this month, gubernatorial hopeful Rick Snyder fired up the crowd for almost ten minutes: "We are going to create more and better jobs," ...

Benishek: Oil companies pay their fair share

Politico reports that at a public forum back in Michigan, freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) said, "(Democrats) talk about raising the taxes on the oil companies. I think oil companies pay their fair share." In the 2010 cycle, Benishek received $36,650 from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, he has received $9,000 in donations from the industry. Benishek was one of the House members included in our report with the League of Conservation Voters on oil PAC giving in the first half of the year. According to the report, "a whopping 94% of ...

Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI-1) Tours Afghanistan

Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement: “This past weekend I had the privilege to meet with members of America’s fighting forces in Afghanistan. I believe I speak for all Americans when I state how proud I am of the men and women who have chosen to defend this country’s interests abroad. I went on this brief tour for the purpose of learning more about the medical techniques being used to treat those who have been maimed on the battlefield. I remain deeply concerned about the endless nature of this decade long conflict in Afghanistan. I am ...

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Benishek Votes to Increase Funding for Local Harbor Maintenance
Washington, D.C- On Friday, May 01, 2015 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.  This legislation supports funding for the United States Army Corps of Engineers to dredge and maintain federal harbors, as well as larger projects like the Soo Locks. "Every year since I have come to Congress, I have worked to ensure that our federal taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately.  Ensuring the ports and waterways of the Great Lakes are adequately maintained is a vital use of taxpayer resources.  Maintaining these ports and harbors creates jobs and commerce in our region and across the nation," said Dr. Benishek, Michigan's only member of the Natural Resources Committee.  H.R. 2028 provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, and other related agencies.  Of note to Northern Michigan, the legislation provide
Dr. Benishek: Canada Must Not Store Nuclear Waste Near Great Lakes
Washington, D.C- Today, a Joint Review Panel in the Canadian government has given a favorable recommendation on a proposal to place a permanent, underground, nuclear waste storage facility less than a half a mile from Lake Huron.  If this plan were to proceed, more than 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste would be buried at the site. "The recommendation by the Canadian Joint Review Panel to approve a plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron is unacceptable.  While I support the need to find long term storage solutions for nuclear waste, burying waste this close to the Lake Huron is not the answer.  The Great Lakes play a tremendous role in our economy and way of life here in Northern Michigan and we must remain stewards of this natural resource.  I am please there is bipartisan support in the House that is opposed to Canada's plan, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that there is not permanent storage of nuclear waste in
Dr. Benishek Reminds Local Farmers of Expanded Crop Insurance
Washington, D.C- As a result of the 2014 Farm Bill, which Dr. Benishek helped craft as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, specialty crop farmers now have expanded access to crop insurance.   In addition, all farmers, regardless of the types of crops they produce, must ensure that meet conservation compliance requirements in order to maintain eligibility for crop insurance subsidies.  These changes help to ensure that there will be less soil erosion and that wetlands will be protected in agricultural areas. In order to continue to qualify for crop insurance, all farmers, including specialty crop producers like cherry and apple farmers, must complete a form AD-1026 with their local USDA service center by June 1st.   The form is available at local USDA service center or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form.  "From cherries to apples to grapes grown for wine, there are a number of specialty crop farmers in our district who could benefit from this program.  Agricultu
Benishek Votes to Increase Funding of Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C- Yesterday, the House voted to pass the Milcon VA Appropriations Act which funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and Military Construction for the Fiscal Year 2016.  In this bill, language requested by Dr. Benishek has been incorporated to improve care at the VA by: Directing the Department to research the effects of Toxic Exposure Requiring the VA Office of the Inspector General to meet a high standard of transparency Directing the Department to work with the local community when a VA Chapel is found to be in violation of a national policy regarding religious symbols Directing the VA and the DEA to resolve regulatory issues concerning the ability of VA physicians to prescribe controlled substances "Every year since I have come to Congress, we have increased the funding levels for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Now it is incumbent upon the VA to deliver on the needs of our veterans.  The time for excuses is over," said Dr. Benishek, who worked at the VA for

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