Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/22/2017

December 22, 2017

Sand Lake

Dear Friends,

The House and Senate passed a major tax bill this week, adding at least $1.5 trillion to the deficit. As a founding member of the Congressional Blue Dog Coalition, I have pushed for fiscally responsible policies throughout my entire career and have concerns about the impact this debt will have on future generations. The bill was a missed opportunity for a bipartisan effort to focus on promoting real economic growth and policies that help middle class families. This Christmas, I hope we are all able to take the spirit of the holiday season into a more cooperative and productive New Year.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Happy Holidays

Please click the above image to see my holiday greeting. I wish all of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Pheasant Hunting

On Saturday, I was happy to get out for a pheasant hunt before heading back to Washington. I joined my friend Chuck Ellingson at Watson Hunting Camp in Chippewa County where we spent a few hours on 165 acres of western Minnesota prairie. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the outdoors before the season ends.

Tax Reform discussion on KFGO

I was a guest on KFGO News and Views with Joel Heitkamp on Tuesday morning to talk about the GOP tax reform and its impact on Minnesota and the U.S. I expressed my concerns with the tax bill and the strict partisan process it went through. While many people will see modest temporary tax cuts, others will see increases if they pay high state and local taxes or have families with many children. This was a missed opportunity to work on a bipartisan basis to promote economic growth and simplify the tax code. I was not able to support a bill that makes the tax system more complicated for the middle class and small businesses while adding up to $2 trillion to the nation’s debt.

Listen to our discussion here.

University of Minnesota Crookston Horticulture Club

The University of Minnesota, Crookston’s Horticultural students had to get an early October start on poinsettia cuttings in order to be ready for their annual holiday sale. The students limit the amount of light the plants receive each day so their leaves will change color. I am glad to see all their hard work culminate in a successful poinsettia flower sale. 

Red River Water Management Board Meeting

Rob Sip, the new Executive Director of the Red River Water Management Board, presided over his first monthly meeting this week. The meeting covered issues from budget and general operating issues to reports from various groups. I am committed to securing resources that protect our communities from flood damage and commend the Board on the work they do to address this important issue.

Legislative Update

This week, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. These tax reform measures will affect every American household. Many of my colleagues and I have expressed serious reservations with the legislation. This bill was passed in a highly partisan process and contains provisions which I fear will end up harming many in the middle class while exploding our nation’s debt. While I support making our corporate tax rate more competitive internationally, this bill failed to adequately target real economic growth and needed support for the middle class.

Spotted in the Seventh

Congratulations to Brian Field of Barnesville, who was the first to correctly identify last week’s location as the Fireplace of States, inside the Tourist Information Center
in Bemidji!

Visitors from the Seventh

Jo Ann DeBruycker (WILLMAR)

Redwood Falls