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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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Dr. Benishek Responds To Threatened Listing for Bats
Washington, D.C.-  Following the announcement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service of their intention to list the Northern Long Eared Bat as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act, Congressman Dan Benishek said the following: "Since the beginning of this process, my focus has been on ensuring that all stakeholders, from business owners to those who manage our public transportation and utilities here in Northern Michigan have an opportunity to voice their concerns about how this listing will affect their ability to make a living.  While it is important to protect this bat species, we must recognize that human activity is not the primary driver of the population decline.  I am pleased that, at a minimum, the USFWS decided to continue gathering public input in order to find a solution that balances environmental protection with reasonable economic development." In addition to listing the bat as threatened, the USFWS also released an interim special rule that will provide temporar
Benishek Applauds VA Effort to Improve Choice Act Eligibility
Washington, D.C-  Today, Dr. Benishek released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs' announced intentions to modify the rules of the Choice Act, legislation passed last year to improve the ability of veterans to access local care.  Previously, the VA had required veterans to be further than 40 miles from a VA facility "as the crow flies" before becoming eligible for the Choice Card that allows veterans to obtain care from any local provider.  "Congress passed the Choice Act to ensure our veterans have access to the care they have earned, but the VA's original interpretation of the law proved to be a burden to many of our heroes.  I have been working with the VA urging them to reconsider their interpretation, and I am pleased that they have changed the rules to better accommodate veterans like those in Northern Michigan who often had to travel long distances on account of a technicality", said Dr. Benishek. "It is just comment sense.  I look forward to lear
Benishek Supports A Balanced Budget
Washington, D.C. - Following the passage of the FY 2016 Budget Resolution, Congressman Dan Benishek released the statement below: "As any family knows, you must have a budget in order to responsibly plan for the future. This budget is a solution that balances in less than 10 years while building a healthy economy from the ground up, keeping Americans safe, and saving vital programs like Medicare and Social Security.  I ran for Congress because I was concerned about the future that we were leaving for our children and grandchildren.  Our nation is on an unsustainable fiscal path, with an anticipated debt of $25 Trillion by 2025.  This budget puts us back on the path of fiscal solvency while protecting the critical programs on which many Americans depend."        The FY 2016 budget cuts over 5.5 trillion in wasteful or duplicative government spending.  At the same time, it ensures that our country will maintain the level of funding necessary to provide for a strong national defe
Dr. Benishek Votes in Favor of Fix to Patient Provider Payments
Washington, D.C- Following the successful passage of the "Doc Fix" to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that occurred in the House of Representatives today, Congressman Dan Benishek released the statement below: "Having served as a doctor in Northern Michigan for over thirty years, I understand the need for patient-centered reforms to our healthcare system that ensure reliable access to affordable care.  This bill is a bipartisan compromise that will help keep Medicare solvent and ensure that seniors are able to get the medical care that they deserve.  It will put an end to the piecemeal patches and finally provide long-term health care stability and security for seniors in Northern Michigan." H.R. 2, the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015" passed by a vote of 392-37.  This bipartisan legislation has been endorsed by medical providers and senior advocacy groups, and will now move to the Senate in hopes of passage before the March 31st deadline.   The Sustainable

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