THURSDAY, Jan. 24 — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, earned high praise Wednesday from neighboring U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.


The six-term House member said on statewide radio that if the freshman from the 8th District, which includes Ingham County, and other Michigan congressional members were allowed to meet with President Donald Trump, they could hammer out a solution that would end the government shutdown.


Slotkin grabbed headlines earlier in the week with her bill that would allow federal workers impacted by the month-long government shutdown to withdraw money from their retirement plans without penalty.


She met with a group of federal workers at the American Legion in Rochester to discuss specific impacts of the ongoing government shutdown on their families.


Walberg didn't mention that on “Michigan's Big Show,” with Michael Patrick Shiels, but did say: "We could get it done. I truly think that if Elissa Slotkin, myself, Debbie Dingell, Bill Huizenga, etc., were in the room, together, with the president, we could get this done in probably less than an hour and the agreement would go forward.


Slotkin said in a prepared statement that the message she is taking back to Washington is that "federal workers are tired for the partisan finger pointing — and simply want Congress to demonstrate the same commitment to our jobs as federal workers do to theirs: to get in a room and hammer out a deal to keep the government funded and functioning."


Slotkin nabs second committee assignment


In other news, Slotkin announced today she will serve on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, her second committee assignment. Slotkin worked for 14 years in the national security as a former CIA analyst and acting assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon.


"As someone who has spent my career working to protect the Homeland as a national security professional, I look forward to working on some of our country's most pressing issues, including cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, border security, counterterrorism, and protecting and enhancing our election systems," she said in a statement.


Slotkin is also serving on the House Armed Services Committee.


In related news, Slotkin announced Wednesday that she and 10 other members of Michigan's congressional caucus are taking part in a bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp.


The creation of the caucus comes in response to the threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that is impacting communities across Michigan and the country.


"I'm particularly proud to be joining this bipartisan task force at a time of such partisan polarization and see it as a sign that there are some issues, like the health of our families, that transcend politics," Slotkin said.