GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Together with his vote to question President Donald Trump behind him, first-term Republican Congressman Peter Meijer says he’s able to deal with the challenges, from the coronavirus pandemic to growing old infrastructure, dealing with residents in West Michigan and past.
Prime-of-mind for the Grand Rapids native: Making certain satisfactory funding is offered for COVID-19 vaccinations, supporting small companies, revitalizing the nationwide financial system and modernizing outdated infrastructure.
“These are the problems that I hope we will begin to give attention to now that the chaotic occasions of January are a bit bit behind us,” mentioned Meijer, 33, a military veteran whose household based the Meijer retail chain.
Meijer was within the U.S. Capitol when the constructing was stormed on Jan. 6 a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters with the purpose of stopping lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. 5 folks died throughout the incident.
Meijer gained nationwide consideration after he joined 9 different Home Republicans in voting to question Trump for inciting the rebellion.
Following the vote, the freshman consultant mentioned he supported impeachment as a result of “so as to get to a degree the place we will speak about unity — we have now to have accountability for what occurred.” One West Michigan Republican, Tom Norton, of Ada, says he’ll attempt to unseat Meijer within the 2022 GOP main. Norton was amongst 4 Republicans Meijer soundly defeated within the August 2020 main for Michigan’s third Congressional District.
For his half, Meijer says he’s able to get to work on legislating.
He has joined the Downside Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers centered on discovering widespread floor options to a number of the large challenges dealing with the nation. He additionally was certainly one of 17 Home GOP freshmen to signal a letter stating their intention of working in a cooperative style with President Joe Biden’s administration regardless of their ideological variations.
Meijer says his purpose of working throughout the aisle isn’t simply lip service.
“There’s quite a lot of areas the place we would have elementary political disagreements, however that shouldn’t cease us from looking for locations the place there is perhaps widespread floor,” he mentioned. Later, he added: “You’ll be able to’t simply retreat to your nook. You must be prepared to go midway, and albeit, the opposite facet must be prepared to satisfy within the center as effectively.”
Infrastructure modernization is one space that’s ripe for bipartisan cooperation, Meijer mentioned.
“An excessive amount of of our infrastructure in our cities was constructed within the 19th century or possibly early 20th and an excessive amount of of our infrastructure as a nation was constructed after World Conflict II after which quite a lot of the required upkeep has simply been perennially deferred,” he mentioned.
“I acknowledge the necessity for infrastructure funding, and I additionally am passionate that we’re prioritizing methods of making certain that spending isn’t wasteful, is as environment friendly as potential and finally delivers a robust return on funding to the American taxpayer.”
Trying ahead, Meijer mentioned he plans to affix a gaggle of lawmakers centered on PFAS. He mentioned the poisonous chemical compounds, which have been discovered within the setting and consuming water round former navy and industrial websites, together with in northern Kent County, are of “nice concern.”
Meijer additionally mentioned he stays “dedicated to repealing the put up 9/11 authorization for the usage of navy drive and bringing our troops house from abroad.”
However whereas Meijer sees areas for cooperation, he mentioned he’s additionally “involved” about some Biden administration priorities.
“I’m already involved about President Biden who has lengthy supported the Hyde modification reversing or trying to reverse prohibition on federal funding for abortions,” Meijer mentioned. “I’m troubled what was additionally contained in these government orders a few sort of blanket amnesty and pathway to citizenship for 11 million people who will not be on this nation legally. I feel there are locations the place we’re going to want to verify government authority and curtail a progressive agenda.”
Following the rebellion on the Capitol, Meijer can also be desirous about the way forward for the GOP.
“I feel it’s vital that we notice inside our get together there’s extra that unites us than divides us, however we additionally must have a shared set of info,” he mentioned.
“There are quite a lot of people within the get together who’re working not on what’s in the most effective curiosity of the conservative motion or in the most effective curiosity of the nation — not trying to simply drive coverage ahead or arise for our values — however are really working in a egocentric means for their very own private political profit and private monetary profit.”
Meijer’s workplace declined to say which members of the GOP he was referring to.