|Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Mike Bishop|
Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Mike Bishop
On Monday, June 22 Congressman Mike Bishop attended a roundtable discussion with Lansing Regional Chamber members. A freshman lawmaker from Rochester Hills, Congressman Bishop represents the 8th Congressional District, which includes Ingham County. Mr. Bishop was asked several questions about critical issues facing our country, our state, our region, and communities; Issues gaging from energy to federal regulations to roads, and healthcare.
One of his top priorities that he believes is extremely alarming is the increase of federal regulations. Mr. Bishop has concern when unelected bodies (such a federal departments) are making decisions that create law, especially, laws that are a burdensome on small business. One of his focuses is to look at ways at streamlining regulations and making it easier to start or expand a business.
Several other issues were at the top of his list such as road and infrastructure funding, which he told LRCC members that Congress will offer a temporary solution by August, however; he is working closely with several of his colleagues to secure dedicated sources of funding for roads and infrastructure in the near future.
Additionally, Mr. Bishop talked about the importance of passing the federal trade bill, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would essentially enhance trade and investments with China and South Asia partners while providing Congressional oversight over future trade deals. Mr. Bishop also touched based on healthcare issues, specifically, the Burwell v. King case that deals directly with the Affordable Care Act. Both the President and Congress agree that if the case is overturned, there needs to be an immediate act to assist those insured subscribers, however; the President and Congress also have different solutions on what that action may look like…Oh, politics J
Lastly, Mr. Bishop wanted to encourage LRCC members to stay involved and get engaged in the process. Either by making visits, calls, emails, or getting locally involved, whatever that may be, is an important part of ensuring that elected officials listen to voters and are held accountable.