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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 to President Obama: Hands off the 2nd Amendment
Washington, D.C. -   The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the Obama Administration is in the process of moving to use the Social Security Administration to broadly expand restrictions on the ownership of firearms.  If this plan proceeds, seniors who receive assistance from a third-party with their disability benefits would be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as ineligible to own or purchase firearms.  It is estimated that this move could jeopardize the 2nd Amendment rights of over 4 million Americans. "The 2nd Amendment is a fundamental right that  ensures that every American can protect their life, family, and property from harm.  This proposal would deny that right to millions of law-abiding citizens who are not a threat to anyone," said Dr. Dan Benishek.  In response, Dr. Dan Benishek has authored a letter to President Obama objecting to this executive overreach.  To read the text of the letter, click here.  Additionally, the Congres
Benishek Responds to Obama's VFW Speech
Washington, D.C. - President Barack Obama spoke today at a VFW Hall to address the state of the Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country.  This address comes on the heels of reports that wait times have not improved at the VA and have, in some cases, gotten worse since last year's scandal was brought to light.  "Through the Committee on Veterans Affairs, I have been working to reform the culture of "bureaucrat-knows-best" that has failed our veterans at VA clinics across the country.  I call on the President to be a willing partner in this reform.  Veterans deserve and have earned access to the highest-quality health care in our nation, and instead of defending bureaucratic incompetence, I urge the President to get past the excuses and join us in finding solutions to fix this broken system," said Dr. Dan Benishek, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Veterans Health. The President's speech follows an announcement that despite having their budget increased every year for the past de
Benishek Reacts to Secretary McDonald Testimony on VA Budget Shortfall
Washington, D.C - Secretary Robert McDonald of the Department of Veterans Affairs testified today before the House Veterans Affairs Committee on the nearly $3 billion shortfall that currently exists in the VA's budget.  The VA has threatened to close every hospital and clinic across the country unless Congress appropriates new funds to cover their cost overrun. "Congress will never allow veterans to go without care.  The VA, however, must be held accountable for this gross incompetence.  Any emergency funding bill must be accompanied by true reforms to how the VA operates.  Veterans have earned more than incompetence and obfuscation," said Dr. Dan Benishek, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Veterans Health. Yesterday evening, the House passed unanimously Dr. Benishek's Veterans Information Modernization Act, a bill that will require the VA to collect and make public basic information on the cost of treating veterans through this system.  This transparency measure is designed to ens
Veterans Data Modernization Act Passes House Unanimously
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives voted on HR 2256, the "Veterans Data Modernization Act," a bill that was authored by Congressman Dan Benishek.  This legislation will require the VA to collect basic data on the cost of providing care to veterans. "I wrote this bill after learning in hearings that the VA does not currently collect basic information like the cost of treating a patient.  In order to fix the VA, we need transparency, and this bill delivers that," said Dr. Benishek, who worked as a surgeon at the VA for over 20 years.  This legislation comes on the heels of reports that the VA has run $3 billion dollars over budget and may have to close hospitals and clinics unless additional funds are allocated to the Department.  HR 2256 will allow lawmakers and VA officials to better make decisions to improve access to veterans care.   Dr. Benishek spent 20 years as a VA doctor treating patients at the Iron Mountain VA facility.  As Chairman of the Veterans H

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