PIONEER PRESS: Jason Lewis: It’s not xenophobic to guard against these viruses

PIONEER PRESS: Jason Lewis: It’s not xenophobic to guard against these viruses

Jason Lewis
03/26/2020

In all crises, leaders emerge. Not one leader, but thousands if not millions. Whether in a natural disaster or amidst the carnage of war, one characteristic has stood out among those who had the temerity to act — courage.

And the courage that saves us is not just physical bravery. It is truth. The willingness to say what has to be said and to speak when others remain silent.

America is faced with an immediate public health challenge, and focusing on defeating the coronavirus has put the nation on wartime footing with all the attendant sacrifices. As in any battle, those who place the welfare of their countrymen and women first will prevail. Those who don’t, who are unwilling to face the facts and do what is necessary, will suffer great loss.

We cannot let that happen to America.

There is little doubt the novel outbreak started in a live animal market in Wuhan, China. It should accurately be recognized as such. It is not “xenophobic” to state the obvious unless you are willing to put political correctness above the health of Americans.

This is not a “Chinese” virus — but it started in China.

According to Boston University, the first five cases in Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois came from infected individuals returning from Wuhan, China. The elephant in the living room is this — practices that are uncommon, unsanitary and in some cases illegal in this country were nevertheless allowed to be imported here.

As researchers put it, “Often, a key that works on animal cells, like bat cells, won’t let that same virus enter into human cells. From time to time, however, there will be mutations or other types of changes to the protein key of a virus that turn it into a master key, able to open the doors of both animal cells and human cells. When this happens, a virus can now ‘jump’ from animals to humans, a process called zoonotic transfer. The new coronavirus, similar to SARS, appears to be another example of a virus that successfully made the jump.”

Obviously, a complete travel ban from China was not only warranted but must continue for the foreseeable future along with prohibited travel from other hot spots throughout the globe.

But to lead, we must not just vanquish the pandemic at hand, we must never allow it to happen again.

Protecting our borders and reconsidering the cavalier way in which international travel takes place to and from the United States must be a top priority. We are enduring a sizable inconvenience of self-quarantining to help contain just one zoonotic virus. Adopting a practice of enhanced medical screening of all international travelers on a permanent and routine basis amounts to a far less one.

We did it for terrorism; it’s now time to do it for the third leading cause of death in the United States, infectious disease.

Is globalism so grand, internationalism so fashionable and the next quarter’s bottom line so dear that we expose ourselves to the very serious health and financial risks of DENV, MERS, SARS, Ebola or COVID-19?

A century ago, European immigrants at Ellis Island were medically examined and preemptively quarantined. It goes without saying that open borders and sanctuary cities screen no one for disease.

We simply have no choice but to secure our borders.

But if America First means anything, it also means an end to outsourcing medical supplies to China. A Communist country so emboldened they’ve already threatened to cut off the U.S. drug supply, plunging America “into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic.”

It means a new “Buy American” emphasis ending a dangerous supply-chain dependence for our key industries, starting with a directive that all federal agencies buy American-made supplies in these vital areas affected by a public health or national security crisis.

It means an end to politicizing economic relief and defeating the virus through advances in medicine and eventually “herd immunity”—not by closing down the greatest economy in the world.

But most of all, it means protecting the health and well-being of our citizens where it matters most. All we need is the courage to do it.

Jason Lewis, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a Republican candidate to represent Minnesota in the Senate.

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INFORUM: Letter: Open Minnesota for business

INFORUM: Letter: Open Minnesota for business

Jason Lewis
03/25/2020

Sometimes clarity emerges from a crisis. As Americans brace for health consequences, they are just as worried over the economic disruption ahead. You simply cannot order a halt to the nation’s productive capacity and not expect inevitable ramifications. Yet politicians and pundits seem fixated on shelter-in-place policies and yet another “stimulus” plan to save us.

They won’t.

I am not opposed to a temporary economic buffer. After all, the government got us into this, it should help alleviate it. Getting families through the next few months with readily available emergency care, penalty-free withdrawals from retirement accounts, and early tax rebates and a filing delay is reasonable. Moreover, avoiding the dangerous contagion of a liquidity crunch by quickly opening direct lines of credit for cash-strapped businesses seems warranted as well.

But the only thing that will get the “animal spirits” going again is to defeat the virus through advances in science or our own herd immunity—not by closing down the greatest economy in the world. Every American now intuitively understands that government can’t create demand when there’s nothing to buy.

Ask anyone waiting in line for empty shelves at Costco.

It is the supply-side that has always had the “pride of place” in our circular economy. Call it Say’s law or whatever you want, but in this present crisis there’s little need to get into the intricacies of economic jargon. Americans want to go back to work because they produce wealth—not government spending.

By 1938, after years of an unprecedented New Deal “stimulus,” the unemployment rate had rebounded to nearly 20%, prompting FDR’s own Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau, to lament, “We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work…we have just as much unemployment as when we started…and an enormous debt to boot.”

Repurposing the “arsenal of democracy” during World War II helped, but only if you ignore the forced rationing of food, shoes, typewriters, fuel and cars. No, it wasn’t until the private economy took over and Washington slashed spending and regulations that the post-WWII boom ensued.

Right now, it matters less whether the politicians want guns or butter—what matters is whether we’ll have either. Without putting Americans back to work, no Keynesian “multiplier,” no “stimulus,” no “bailout,” and certainly no “MMT” will save us.

And certainly not with a $24 trillion debt.

Besides, policymakers have no choice as it is next to impossible to enforce a law that people won’t follow. From prohibition to speed limits to closing businesses, sooner or later freedom-loving Americans will rebel.

There is now a growing body of evidence on two major fronts. 1) younger people are not falling seriously ill, and 2) antiviral therapies are emerging that show great promise for the currently ill. Nothing is certain, but only politicians can wait for 100% ontological certitude before acting. Meanwhile, it’s the rest of us who may discover the cure was worse than the disease.

We also know the Wuhan virus is disproportionately concentrated across the country. While the federal government has responsibility over national borders, which must be secured, state and local units of government must be free to act on local data.

Therefore, those states, like Minnesota, where the outbreak is far less threatening should be open for business for the vast majority of its working age citizens while protecting its most vulnerable. Just as important, the federal bureaucracy should get out of the way and approve antiviral therapies for anyone who wants them.

Not allowing people to earn a living or provide for their families so as to not overwhelm extant medical facilities says more about recent changes to our health care system than it does about disease. Flattening the curve doesn’t beat the virus, it only delays it.

Some are unfortunately portraying fighting a virus and getting Americans back to work as a binary choice. It is not–you can’t do one without the other. So, let’s get started.

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ALPHA NEWS: Jason Lewis: Time For Truth

ALPHA NEWS: Jason Lewis: Time For Truth

Jason Lewis
03/22/2020

America is faced with an immediate public health challenge and focusing on defeating the coronavirus has put the nation on wartime footing with all the attendant sacrifices. As in any battle, those who place the welfare of their countrymen and women first will prevail. Those who don’t, who are unwilling to face the facts and do what is necessary, will suffer great loss.

We cannot let that happen to America.

Most authorities now say the novel outbreak started in a live animal market in Wuhan, China. It should accurately be labeled as such. It is not ‘xenophobic’ to state the obvious unless you are willing to put political correctness above the health of Americans. We know some politicians and journalists are, but that is no excuse for the more serious among us.

This is a Chinese virus.

According to Boston University, the first five cases in Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois came from infected individuals returning from China. As with SARS, it appears the virus jumped from animal to human. The elephant in the living room is this—practices that are uncommon, unsanitary and in some cases illegal in this country were nevertheless allowed to be imported here.

Obviously, a complete travel ban from China was not only warranted but must continue for the foreseeable future along with prohibited travel from other hot spots throughout the globe. But we must not just vanquish the pandemic at hand, we ultimately must never allow it to happen again.

Protecting our borders and reconsidering the cavalier way in which international travel takes place to and from the United States must be a top priority. We are set to endure a sizable inconvenience of perhaps a months-long self-quarantine to help contain just one zoonotic virus. Adopting a practice of enhanced medical screening of all international travelers on a permanent and routine basis, not after the virus has landed, amounts to far less of an inconvenience.

We did it for terrorism; it’s now time to do it for the third leading cause of death in the United States, infectious disease.

Is globalism so grand or the next quarter’s bottom line so dear that we expose ourselves to the very serious health and financial risks of DENV, MERS, SARS, Ebola, COVID-19, or any other infectious disease with uncontrolled cross-border migration?

A century ago, European immigrants at Ellis Island were medically examined and preemptively quarantined. It goes without saying that open borders and sanctuary cities screen no one for the myriad diseases showing up in caravans south of the border. What country does this to its citizens?

If America First means anything, it means an end to outsourcing medical supplies, including devices, to China, a Communist country so emboldened they’ve already threatened to cut off the US drug supply, plunging America “into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic.”

It means a new Buy American emphasis ending a dangerous supply chain dependence for our key industries, starting with a directive that all federal agencies buy American-made supplies in these vital areas affected by a public health or national security crisis.

It also means a temporary ‘stimulus’ and a permanent regulatory streamlining at the FDA.

But most of all, it means protecting the health and well-being of our citizens where it matters most. Now we all just need the courage to do it.

Jason Lewis, a former member of the House, is a Republican candidate to represent Minnesota in the Senate.

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ALPHA NEWS: Jason Lewis Releases Call to Action Amidst Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak

ALPHA NEWS: Jason Lewis Releases Call to Action Amidst Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak

John Lucke
03/21/2020

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis has released a statement regarding America’s continuing efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Lewis is concerned about the severe impact that his fellow Minnesotans face, saying that while these “disruptions to our daily lives are warranted, it’s important that we stick together and adopt best practices.” 

He notes that sound guidelines are in place to halt the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable among us. Senate candidate Lewis intends to lead by example in light of these new quarantine habits. 

Jason Lewis has been highly complimentary of the Trump administration’s efforts to fight the Chinese virus as well as the bipartisan approach of several state governors on the front lines. 

Putting the interests of American citizens first, Lewis continues with several calls to action in his own words:

“Adopt an Economic Buffer 

The government has been forced to shut down the economy. Though necessary, there is also a responsibility to help those who are negatively affected. That means, among other things, getting families through the next few months with readily available emergency care, penalty-free withdrawals from retirement accounts, and early tax rebates and filing delay. The federal government must avoid a liquidity crunch for cash strapped businesses by immediately opening direct lines of credit. This could be directed through the Small Business Administration, the Treasury, or even the Federal Reserve itself. Ultimately, the best way to fix the economy is to beat the virus. But no corporate ‘bailout’ funds should be available for share-buybacks or bonuses.

Expand ‘Right to Try’ 

As a cosponsor of the first successful law reducing regulations for the terminally ill, I have been a steady advocate for reducing regulations and giving patients more control over their health. We must focus on streamlining the FDA and ridding the medical bureaucratic red tape for all patients—particularly with regard to new and existing off-label drugs and therapies is already showing promise. Innovations like telehealth—which I discussed in-depth, including HIPPA restrictions, in a January Sanford Medical roundtable in Luverne—should be rolled out immediately along with redirecting our ‘arsenal of democracy’ towards a medical infrastructure crash program manufacturing test kits, medical supplies, and increasing hospital capacity.   

Buy American, Now. 

This virus has revealed the other side of globalism. We’ve outsourced critical industries like electronics, medical supplies and devices, prescription drugs, and antibiotics to China. We should immediately end the outsourcing of key industries to our adversaries—especially a Communist country so emboldened they’ve already threatened to cut off the U.S. drug supply, plunging America “into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic.” Ending this dangerous supply chain dependence starts with Defense Protection Act but should eventually include directives that all federal agencies buy American-made supplies in vital areas affected by a public health or national security crisis. 

Control Human Migration

This virus has migrated across the globe. Thankfully the Administration cut off direct travel to China early, and now it has been extended to other hotspots. We must not only control our northern and southern borders but also reconsidering the cavalier way in which international travel takes place to and from the United States. We are set to endure a weeks-long self-quarantine to help contain just one zoonotic virus. Adopting a practice of enhanced medically screening of all international travelers on a permanent and routine basis amounts to far less inconvenience. We did it for terrorism; it’s now time to do it for the third leading cause of death in the United States, infectious disease. 

No Rationing of Health Care

We cannot tolerate what we’ve witnessed in Italy or other countries. Disturbing reports of health care rationing and even medical officials suggesting they must let people die by evaluating the “presence of comorbidities” is unacceptable in America. This cruel triage is a direct result of scarce medical resources coming from a government-led system that underprices the value of providers. America should end any flirtation with single-payer ‘options’ that a recent Navigant study showed would devastate rural hospitals and clearly lead to rationing of care to our most vulnerable.

Finally, authorities say the novel outbreak started in a live animal market in Wuhan, China. It should accurately be labeled as such. It is hardly ‘xenophobic’ to state the obvious unless you ignore the names of every other international virus. Names that help us identify important aspects to the origins of disease. Some politicians and pundits can’t help themselves—but that is no excuse for the more serious among us for refusing to speak the truth. This is a Chinese virus and we should not be putting political correctness above the health of Minnesotans.”

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ALPHA NEWS: Jason Lewis Reproaches Democrat for Politicizing Coronavirus

ALPHA NEWS: Jason Lewis Reproaches Democrat for Politicizing Coronavirus

John Lucke
03/16/2020

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement and accompanying video regarding the coronavirus:

“We as Minnesotans and Americans have faced our challenges over the years, and this new coronavirus certainly qualifies. But we’ve never met a challenge we didn’t overcome. While there will be some disruptions to daily life, it’s not a time for panic. Remember that the measures being put in place are for the greater good: to halt the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable among us.” 

Lewis continues, saying, “thankfully the Trump Administration cut off China travel early, and now it has been extended to other hotspots in Europe and beyond, which is a good step. We need a modern-day Marshall Plan to swiftly develop a safe and widely available vaccine for this virus.  Additionally, Republicans and Democrats must join together to suspend payroll taxes and ensure disruptions to our economy are minimal. Continued efforts should be made to ensure reliable test kits are widely available.

This virus has also revealed the other side of globalism. We’ve outsourced critical industries like our medical supplies, devices, and prescription drugs to China. Even the Department of Defense outsources to China. This must stop. We need policies to make certain that we’re going to be safe when we need these vital industries most. 

This isn’t a time for baseless, partisan attacks. Whether it’s Joe Biden’s ridiculous claim that the President’s response has been “xenophobic,” or Senator Tina Smith’s repeated, hyper-partisan attacks on the President, it needs to stop and it needs to stop today. In one breath Senator Tina Smith says we shouldn’t point fingers or blame, and in the next breath she launches blistering, personal attacks against the Administration. Enough is enough, Senator. Let’s put aside our differences and work together. Only our nation’s collective cooperation, determination and resolve will ensure this virus is in our rear-view mirror as quickly as possible.”

You can watch the full video of Lewis’ address here.

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OP-ED—WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Three ways big government is squeezing young people

OP-ED—WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Three ways big government is squeezing young people

Jason Lewis
02/19/2020

Young people need more than protests.

For decades, bad public policy has been economically squeezing the next generation as never before. Whether Generation X, millennial, or even Generation Z, younger generations now find themselves in too much debt with too little income. The answer isn’t to embrace socialism but to end the sort of crony capitalism that has priced too many young people out of getting a good start in life.

This is especially true when it comes to education, housing, and healthcare.

For too long, the exorbitant costs of higher education have been rising, outpacing all other expenses that younger consumers face. The inability to service the debt on a $1.6 trillion student loan bubble is directly tied to a lack of transparency and all too often an illiberal education, to boot. Democrats say they want to forgive trillions in student debt, but that’s just code for another bailout of Big Education. It merely transfers the bill to taxpayers while doing absolutely nothing to rein in costs.

The 115th Congress, in which I served, sought to address the problem. We tried to strengthen workforce development, streamline Title IV student aid, and require that colleges and universities have more skin in the game when it comes to defaults. Naturally, Democrats blocked this.

These wealthy institutions of higher learning receive billions of taxpayer dollars annually, not that they need it, given their revenue from billion-dollar endowments and big-money athletics. If they can’t or won’t reduce tuition rates, Congress should consider imposing price controls on federal aid.

Meanwhile, homeownership is fast becoming another luxury out of reach for young people trying to get a leg up. Again, government intervention is largely to blame. For years, politicians have been underwriting the costs of housing and then bailing out investors while inflating home prices with overregulation, urban growth boundaries, and cheap money.

The inevitable housing bubble that followed might have been great for real estate investors and the wealthy who already own property, but it was, and remains, horrible for first-time buyers.

A recent Housing First Minnesota study showed that up to one-third of a new home’s price in the Twin Cities comes from fees and regulations, making it nearly impossible to build a single-family home in the metro area for under $375,000.

Meanwhile, unelected bureaucrats at the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities have strong-armed the suburbs with “smart growth” policies that limit cheaper housing in the name of high-density development in mass transit corridors. Costs have naturally escalated, along with disturbing levels of crime, hardly a conducive environment for starting a family.

Finally, the healthcare affordability crisis has hit young adults especially hard. As so many of us warned, the primary outcome of the billions spent on the Affordable Care Act has been skyrocketing insurance premiums, most pronounced for the young and healthy.

By forcing those in better health to overinsure with a one-size-fits-all approach, the ACA priced millions out of the market. States such as Minnesota have even been forced to buy down premiums with millions more in taxpayer dollars, but that hasn’t kept up.

Indeed, for those who don’t qualify for subsidies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports a 40% decline in enrollment between 2016 and 2018.

No wonder all the calculations have been so horribly off the mark. Only half the enrollees predicted by the Congressional Budget Office when the law was passed are actually getting their insurance today on exchanges such as MNSure.

Perhaps this is why the architects of Obamacare let grown children stay on their parents’ plans. They knew they wouldn’t be able to afford it on their own.

The solution is straightforward: Let young people buy precisely the kind of health insurance, including more affordable, catastrophic plans, they want.

Whether it’s education, housing, or healthcare, our liberal friends continue their cynical ploy of promising something for nothing, but I suspect young voters are becoming increasingly woke to what Elizabeth Warren won’t admit: The “something” is coming right out of their rising middle-class tax bill.

Jason Lewis, a former member of the House, is a Republican candidate to represent Minnesota in the Senate.

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MARSHALL INDEPENDENT: Lewis brings Senate campaign to Greater MN

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT: Lewis brings Senate campaign to Greater MN

Deb Gau
01/31/2020

MARSHALL — Former U.S. Representative Jason Lewis has been back on the campaign trail since August, in a bid to unseat Sen. Tina Smith. And this month, the emphasis has been on Greater Minnesota.

“We think Greater Minnesota has sort of been the forgotten man and woman in politics in Minnesota, that no one has represented them. Whether it’s rural health care, but also energy, logging and mining,” Lewis said Wednesday, during a stop in Marshall. “For those people that think the only things that matter in statewide elections are Hennepin and Ramsey County, there’s 85 other counties that matter just as much to me. And we’re going to make certain they have a voice. And quite frankly, the numbers are such that, if you win that, you win the race.”

Lewis, a former radio talk show host and congressman representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican candidate against Smith.

“I wanted to go where I could have the most impact in the quickest amount of time. We have a golden opportunity here — the best opportunity we’ve had in decades — to get a little balance back into the Senate, and Minnesota traditionally has had balance,” Lewis said. Now, Minnesota has two Democratic senators. “I think there’s a need there, but there’s also an opportunity to really move the needle towards, in my view, more freedom and more prosperity, more constitutional jurisprudence,” he said.

Last week, Lewis kicked off a campaign tour that has taken him through several northern and southern Minnesota cities so far. On Wednesday, he met with the Independent in Marshall, after a tour stop in Luverne, where he met with local health care providers. Lewis said the discussion in Luverne talked about both developments in rural health care, like telemedicine, and the need to keep rural health care services viable.

“Basically it’s reimbursement for the providers and clinics and doctors and nurses, to make it viable for them to keep their facilities in rural Minnesota. That’s going to be a key challenge going forward, to make certain we’ve got facilities that will meet the needs of rural Minnesotans. It’s very key that we not try to be penny wise and pound foolish, like ‘Medicare for all’ schemes that would drastically slash the viability of rural medicine and rural medical care,” Lewis said.

“The bottom line is, you’ve got to make certain people can buy the plan they want, and get the medicine they want, with the doctor and provider they want. So that means cleaning up the system a little bit,” he said.

Lewis said he also supported industry and international trade — two subjects crucial to the survival of Greater Minnesota communities. In the northern part of the state, that meant supporting mining and logging, and the Enbridge oil pipeline replacement project.

“If you take a look at copper-nickel (mining), Twin Metals and PolyMet on the (Iron) Range, you take a look at Enbridge Line 3, and fixing some things with regard to logging, especially renewable fuel for forest biomass, you’re looking at 10,000-15,000 jobs on the Range. That is a huge economic impact, $5.9 billion in total,” Lewis said. However, he said those projects weren’t getting support from Democrats like Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Lewis said trade deals like the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and agreements with China and Japan, were all “absolutely vital” to agriculture in Minnesota.

“Getting USMCA done, which we almost had done in my last year in Congress, but has been sitting on the sideline for a year now because Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t get it out — that was a big victory. Trade with Mexico and Canada, and especially opening up those dairy markets in Canada,” he said.

Lewis made some headlines during a campaign stop in Bemidji last week when he spoke out in support of Beltrami County’s decision not to accept refugees. On Wednesday, he said he stood by his remarks. He said there are costs that go with refugee resettlement, whether direct costs like SNAP benefits or public housing, or indirect costs to the education and corrections systems, that local governments should have a voice in.

“Minnesota has 2% of the (U.S.) population, and we have 13% of the nation’s refugees. There does become a critical mass in this, that sometimes communities can’t handle it. Refugees are not like illegal immigrants. They’re vetted. They’re legal. They aren’t even like people seeking asylum. They’ve already been approved by the State Department. But the problem is there’s a moral hazard writ large in this when you pay the refugee resettlement organizations,” Lewis said. “When you pay them a stipend to resettle, and the sooner they can get those folks on public assistance the less it costs them, you have induced an incentive that doesn’t always work for the benefit of the community.”

Beyond that, Lewis said, he believed in local control.

“You have the very same people who think local municipalities ought to control the sanctuary city movement, but don’t want local control over whether people ought to accept refugees? I can’t have one without the other,” he said. “I absolutely reserve the right for local government to engage in self-government, so people can live under the laws they choose.”

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WDIO: Jason Lewis Promotes Campaign for U.S. Senate in Northland

WDIO: Jason Lewis Promotes Campaign for U.S. Senate in Northland

01/26/2020

Former U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, Jason Lewis announced his run for United States Senate in August of last year. Across Northern Minnesota, Lewis has been promoting his campaign. On Sunday, he stopped in Duluth.

“We’re really focused on greater Minnesota so the folks out here have a voice. We think that the forgotten man or woman of greater Minnesota whether it’s on the Iron Range or over at Enbridge Line 3, Beltrami County or farmers out West or down south—they need a voice,” Lewis said. “We love the Twin Cities, but everything isn’t the Twin Cities so we’re trying to make certain since we launched our campaign in August to spend a lot of time out here and we have.”

On his campaign tour, he visited Brainerd, Bemidji and Ely before stopping in Duluth.

In Bemidji, Lewis held a town hall event focused on refugee resettlement, where he showed support for Beltrami County’s vote to opt-out of refugee resettlement. He said he stands with President Trump’s executive order on refugee resettlement.

“Local government, government that’s closest to people is the epitome of self-government and they ought to live under the laws they create,” Lewis said.

In Ely, Lewis toured Twin Metals and met with some pro-mining groups including Fight For Mining Minnesota and Minnesota Miners. He said he hopes to get Minnesota moving again through safe and responsible mining, energy, and timber industries.

“If you add up Line 3, Polymet, Twin Metals and other companies looking in, you’re looking at $5.9 billion in new economic growth, you’re looking at ten to fifteen thousand jobs direct and indirect. It would be a variable economic growth for the Iron Range,” Lewis said.

Lewis will be taking on Senator Tina Smith. He believes his experience in congress will be helpful in the senate. Additionally, he has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

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KBJR6.com: Former Congressman, Jason Lewis, running for U.S. Senate

KBJR6.com: Former Congressman, Jason Lewis, running for U.S. Senate

John Cardinale
01/26/2020

DULUTH, MN– The former U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, Jason Lewis, announced back in August that he will be running for the United States Senate.

He has been campaigning around the northland and Sunday he stopped in Duluth.

Lewis, a Republican, has spent the last month campaigning on the Iron Range learning more about mining.

He says he believes copper-nickel mining could be the next renaissance for the Range.

Lewis says he is also a big supporter of local units of government making their own decisions for their community.

Lewis says he wants to specifically make sure rural communities have a voice.

“I firmly believe their voice has not been heard. The voices out here in greater Minnesota whether it is on the range or western Minnesota or southern Minnesota. They seem like the forgotten man and women of Minnesota. Everything is so centric to the cities and so I am making a deliberate attempt to make sure their voices are heard and they will be heard if I am the next senator,” Lewis said.

Lewis will be taking on Senator Tina Smith.

He believes his experience in congress will be helpful in the senate.

Additionally, he has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

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