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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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Dr. Benishek Backs Homeland Security Funding Bill
The House voted today to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the Fiscal Year 2015.  Congressman Benishek said the following about the bill: “This legislation increases border security, enforces existing immigration laws, and keeps our country prepared for natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  Additionally, the bill defunds the President’s executive actions on immigration and begins the process of fixing our broken immigration system.  It is my hope that the Administration will now come to the table and work with the American people’s representatives to keep our country safe and our border strong.”    The Homeland Security Appropriations bill includes $39.7B in discretionary funding for the Department and creates the largest operational force at our border in American history.  Immigrations and Customs enforcement funding was increased by $689M and Customs and Border Protection received a $118M increase.  Additionally, the bill increases transparency at DH
Dr. Benishek Meets with Veterans Service Organization Leaders
Washington, D.C. - Following the announcement of Dr. Dan Benishek's Veterans Action Initiative, the Congressman hosted a roundtable meeting with representatives from many of the country's largest Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).  The topics of discussion included improving the quality and cost of VA care, ensuring proper oversight of VA activity, and maintaining the progress made on wait times and accountability.  "Veterans know best how to improve our VA system.  That's why I take every opportunity to gain their insights and to find ways to incorporate their experiences into legislative action that we take in Congress," said Dr. Benishek.  "We made great progress last year in passing the Choice Act.  I am committed to ensuring that we build on that progress in this Congress." Dr. Benishek spent 20 years as a VA doctor treating patients at the Iron Mountain VA facility.  As Chairman of the Veterans Health Subcommittee, he played an integral role in creating and helping to p
Dr. Benishek Responds to State of the Union Address
Washington, D.C.- Following the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Dr. Dan Benishek released the following statement: "What I heard from the President tonight was a plan to continue the top-down, Washington centered approach of tax, spend and regulate that has failed to produce positive results for seven years.  In Congress, I am focused on what is important to  families in Northern Michigan - growing the economy, having good paying jobs, making health care more affordable, and helping our veterans receive the care they've earned.  I remain hopeful that the President will come to the table in good faith to work with our nation's new Congress to develop solutions to address the many challenges we face." Dr. Benishek is currently serving his third term in the US House of Representatives.  "As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Veterans Health, I know for a fact that there a many bills where Democrats and Republicans can work together to get something po
Dr. Dan Benishek Announces his Veterans Action Initiative: Helping Heroes, Here at Home
Washington, D.C. - Dr. Dan Benishek is announcing today the start of his Veterans Action Initiative, a comprehensive program and legislative agenda to help serve veterans in Michigan's First District and throughout the country.  The Veterans Action Initiative is designed to provide veterans the opportunity to learn about and gain greater access to the benefits that they have earned after serving our country.  In addition, it is intended to allow Dr. Benishek the opportunity to hear directly from veterans about the issues they are facing and to monitor the implementation of the historic VA reform law that was enacted last year to get veterans off waiting lists and access to the care they need.   "Veterans put their lives on the line to protect our nation.  In return, we have an obligation to ensure that every veteran receives the care and benefits they have earned upon returning home," said Dr. Benishek.  "Over the next two years my Veterans Action Initiative will be focused on ens

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