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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Jobs and Economy


At a time when Americans are facing economic uncertainty, the last thing our country needs is additional taxes, spending and regulation. It has been more than 6 years since the start of the Great Recession, but many families are still on the road to recovery. 

It’s true Michigan has made a drastic resurgence under the leadership of Governor Rick Snyder. At the end of his first term, our unemployment rate was the lowest it had been since 2002. Today, more than 95,000 jobs are ready to be filled. Families are settling down roots. New businesses are flocking here, and autos are reinvesting again. Michigan has been projected to make a ‘faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span.’

But the fact remains: our work is not done. Many Americans continue to find it difficult to make ends meet. Graduates are struggling to pay off their burdensome student loans. Families are seeing the cost of their medical care skyrocket as a result of President Obama's flawed health care law. Unfortunately, the Administration’s solution is to spend more, tax more, and strangle our economy with more red tape. 

Washington’s regulatory road blocks continually drain taxpayer’s hard-earned wages and stand in the way of opportunity and growth. Today, Americans face $3+ trillion burden from federal taxation and regulation; in fact, our federal regulatory burden is larger than the 2013 GDP of all but the top ten countries in the world. I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance open, bottom-up solutions to build a healthy economy. We must grow an economy that harbors opportunity. Tomorrow’s good-paying jobs will come from the freedom to innovate from the ground up – from our local communities, not Washington.

More on Jobs and Economy

February 14, 2017 Press Release
“I am grateful for this opportunity to fight for Michigan on the House Ways and Means Committee,” said Bishop. “We have a real opportunity this Congress to grow our economy and help families get ahead – just as we did in the Comeback State."
January 6, 2017 Press Release
"Today the House sent a clear message that the overreach we’ve seen out of the Executive Branch for the last eight years stops here," said Bishop.
December 8, 2016 Press Release
“Representing this district and state means fighting for our families – and that includes getting the people of Flint the long-overdue help they need," said Bishop.
March 31, 2016 Press Release
“I am absolutely thrilled that the FAA has made its decision to continue direct flights between the Comeback State and our nation’s capitals," said Bishop, who has been working on this issue throughout his time in Congress. The route, which was discontinued when Sun Country Airlines officially ended its Lansing services on Oct. 1, 2015, has an estimated $16 million economic impact on the Lansing area.
February 24, 2016 Video

Rep. Bishop questions about the Department of Labor's proposed overtime rule.



January 6, 2016 Video

Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) discusses the need to repeal Obamacare by discussing two of many local examples from the district over the last year. In 2016, the average price of healthcare premiums under Obamacare is expected to rise an average of 12.56% nationally.

December 18, 2015 Press Release
Read Rep. Bishop's statement on the omnibus package and its legislative highlights for Michigan.
December 11, 2015 Press Release
“Congressman Bishop was a leader, along his Michigan colleagues, to ensure that the final customs bill includes new tools to address currency manipulation,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady.
November 30, 2015 Video

On Nov. 18, Congressman Bishop introduced the bipartisan "Child Protection Improvements Act" with Rep. Adam Schiff to ensure all youth-serving organizations have access to FBI background checks, the gold-standard check to ensure our kids remain safe.  Learn more here:

November 16, 2015 Video

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey in October, Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) voiced concerns about the vetting of Syrian refugees who wish to enter the United States, specifically the state of Michigan. Director Comey told Rep. Bishop that while the intelligence community has “gotten better at querying our holdings,” there is little to no data on many of their refugees – which means the vetting process is not “risk-free.”