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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 29 items )  

After House Passage of Butch Lewis Act, Sen. Baldwin Reaffirms Commitment to Solving Pension Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - If the Senate Fails to Act, the Retirement Benefits of 25,000 Pension Plan Participants in Wisconsin Could Be At Risk * * * Following House passage of the Butch Lewis Act Wednesday evening, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today reaffirmed her commitment to solving the pension crisis threatening the retirement of more than 1.3 million workers and retirees nationwide - including 25,000 in Wisconsin -   more

Baldwin, DeLauro Introduce Legislation to Hold Workplace Harassers Accountable
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today reintroduced legislation to strengthen workplace harassment laws. The Fair Employment Protection Act restores protections for workers harassed on the job by supervisors and those with authority to direct people's day-to-day work. These protections were weakened by the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball Sta  more

Baldwin, Levin Lead Effort to Create Partnership With States to Provide Students at More Affordability
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - America's College Promise helps more students gain the skills needed to succeed * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Andy Levin, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, today reintroduced the America's College Promise Act. This legislation would create a new federal-state partnership  more

Bipartisan Support Grows for Baldwin's Reform Inspired by Wisconsin Teenager
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act will provide health insurance coverage for children born with congenital anomalies or birth defects * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced growing support for her bipartisan reform to ensure health insurance coverage for needed treatment and procedures for individuals born with congenital anomalies or birth defects. After introducing the Ensuring Lasting Sm  more

Chairman Johnson Issues Statement at Hearing on School Safety Against Targeted Violence
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing to examine state and federal recommendations for enhancing school safety against targeted violence: "I want to start today's hearing by expressing my sincere condolences to the parents, families, students, and teachers across the nation who have lost loved ones to school violence. To Mr. Schachter and Mr. Hoyer, and to your fami  more

Chairmen Johnson, Grassley Continue Push for Answers From Intelligence Community on FBI's Apparent Awareness of Leaks to Media
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to the inspectors general of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to continue their push for answers regarding messages that illustrate the F  more

House Passes Sensenbrenner-Backed Bill to Help Family Farmers Unanimously
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed the Family Farmer Relief Act unanimously. Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) and Antonio Delgado (NY-19) sponsored this legislation, which would update the bankruptcy code to account for modern challenges in the agricultural industry. Congressman Sensenbrenner delivered the following remarks on the House floor: "The "Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019" brings urgently ne  more

Johnson Discusses Iran, Border Crisis on CNN
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked about Iran's aggressive behavior and addressing the immigration crisis at the southern border, including Operation Safe Return, during an interview on CNN's 'State of the Union.' Excerpts from his interview are below and video can be found here (https://youtu.be/lynNq8_xQJc). On Irania  more

Pocan Leads Members of Congress in Unveiling Bold Legislation to Fundamentally Reform Private Equity Industry
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to unveil the Stop Wall Street Looting Act. The comprehensive bill fundamentally reforms the private equity industry and levels the playing field by forcing private equity firms to take responsibility for the outcomes of companies they take o  more

Pocan, Lowenthal Introduce Legislation Honoring 71st Anniversary of Human Rights Day, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today led 27 of their House colleagues to introduce a House Resolution honoring the 71st Anniversary of Human Rights Day and the 1948 ratification by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). "In the past 71 years, we've seen significant improvements in the protection of human rights, equality, and justice aroun  more

Rep. Duffy Applauds Sen. Tim Scott For Introducing His Bill To Provide More Work Opportunities For Veterans
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Senator Tim Scott introduced the Senate companion to Congressman Sean Duffy's bill that will help veterans enter the education workforce. The Heroes Entering Roles of Education Service (HEROES) Act, previously introduced by Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) will expa  more

Rep. Duffy Joins Sen. Scott Urging Federal Coordinator to Assist Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance, issued the following statement on the need for federal oversight of Puerto Rico's rebuilding efforts. "The people of Puerto Rico have suffered enough and disaster aid must not be slowed further because of the recent political turmoil on the Island. Together with my colleagues, I have asked  more

Rep. Gallagher Discusses Veteran-to Veteran Programs and Drug Price Transparency on Matt and Earl Show
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: This week Congressman Mike Gallagher joined the Matt and Earl Show on WTAQ to discuss the importance of veteran-to-veteran programs and drug price transparency. You can listen to the full interview here (https://wtaq.com/podcasts/morning-news-with-matt-earl/921/veteran-mentoring-healthcare-education/), or read some highlights below: "So we established something called Bravo Company. It's part of what we  more

Rep. Grothman Hangs Up on Robocalls With Vote
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today voted in favor of H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, of which he was a cosponsor. The bill passed the House 429-3. H.R. 3375 was introduced by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ). Grothman was one of just 67 Republican cosponsors. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will give individuals the choice to opt-out of receiving robocalls, require callers keep de  more

Rep. Moore Introduces Bipartisan ADVANCE Act Supporting Native American Communities
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) introduced H.R. 3664, the Aiding Development of Vital Assets in Native Communities and Environments (ADVANCE) Act, with Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10). The bill supports growth and development of Native American communities by strengthening the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program's incentives for investments in Indian Country. The bill also directs the Community Developmen  more

Rep. Moore Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Ensure Lead Screening for Children
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Moore joined Congressman John Katko in introducing the Preventing Lead Poisoning Act (H.R./ 3842) which will help ensure that children enrolled in both Medicaid and CHIP are tested for lead poisoning at the proper ages to increase the likelihood of preventing long-term effects of lead exposure. Currently, Medicaid relies on guidance that all children enrolled in the program must receive a lead   more

Rep. Moore Introduces Legislation to Give Students a Second Chance
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced legislation to amend the penalties students face when convicted of minor marijuana offenses. Under current law, a student convicted of possession of marijuana could lose their federal student aid for an extended period of time. The Second Chance for Students Act would allow students convicted of marijuana possession to retai  more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs & Border Protection Custody Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House passed the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act: "The humanitarian crisis at our southern border has taken too many innocent lives and robbed vulnerable people of their dignity. "We have all seen and heard the disturbing reports of migrants dying in CBP custody and being denied access to showers, clean clothes and basic medical care. "What I witnes  more

Rep. Pocan Issues Statement on House Passage of Raise the Wage Act
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement: U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act. The legislation would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, raising wages for up to 33 million workers and lifting millions of Americans out of poverty. Pocan is one of the authors of the legislation and led his colleagues in introducing the bill earlier this  more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Issues Statement on Mueller Testimony
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee: "The presumption of innocence is at the bedrock of our American justice system. Every citizen -- even the President -- enjoys that right. Therefore, it was not Special Counsel Robert Mueller's job to exonerate the President, but rather to determine whether there was or was not sufficient evidence to show the Presi  more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Submits Op-Ed on Trade Deal
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following op-ed: The American economy is thriving. That is an indisputable fact. We've added more than 3.7 million jobs since President Trump signed the historic Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law in December 2017. Nationwide, we've seen 15 straight months of more job openings than job seekers. Here in Wisconsin, our unemployment rate has remained at or below 3 percent for the last year. Following years of stagnation, Americ  more

Rep. Steil Issues Statement on Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on the budget agreement. "Our budget process is broken and Washington has a spending problem. Congress cannot continue to spend without a plan to pay for it. Our nation is $22 trillion in debt. "Rather than promoting fiscal responsibility and providing a plan towards a balanced budget, this bill adds $300 billion to the debt. "I continue to work with my colleagues to improve our budget process and bring fisc  more

Sen. Baldwin Calls on President Trump to Keep His Promise and Support Strong Buy America Reforms
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) this week called on President Trump to keep his promises and support their efforts to strengthen Buy America requirements in the federal surface transportation reauthorization legislation that is currently moving through Congress. Earlier this month, President Trump announced a new executive order on Buy American that again falls short of taking m  more

Sen. Baldwin Votes to Permanently Reauthorize September 11th Victim Compensation Fund For 9/11 First Responders
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to make the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund permanent. "It is disgraceful that Congress made 9/11 first responders work so hard to get Washington to simply do the rig  more

Sen. Baldwin's Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Broadband Access Passes Senate Commerce Committee
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Baldwin joins colleagues in highlighting the need to close broadband gap and expand broadband services to rural communities in Wisconsin and throughout the country * * * Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, led by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), passed the Senate Commerce Committee. The bipartisan legi  more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on National Urban Search & Rescue Response System
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-60) on legislation (S. 1521) to amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include federal employees. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on July 22. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of S. 1521 is to   more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on SMART Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-55) on legislation (S. 1420) to amend title 5, U.S. Code, to improve the effectiveness of major rules in accomplishing their regulatory objectives by promoting retrospective review. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on July 15. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of S. 1420, the Setting Manageable Analysis Requirements in Text  more

Senate Science Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Wisconsin Department of Administration Coastal Management Program
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries and Weather issued the following testimony by Michael J. Friis, testified on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Administration Coastal Management Program, at a hearing entitled "America's Waterfronts: Addressing Economic, Recreational, and Environmental Challenges": "I'm honored to provide this testimony and speak with you today regarding our nations working water. "To truly app  more

Sensenbrenner Leads Effort to Rein in Unelected Bureaucrats
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), Doug Collins (GA-09), and Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) introduced the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act). This legislation would require that Congress has the opportunity to take an up or down vote on any executive branch agency rule that would have an annual economic impact of $100 million or more. "It is time for Congress  more