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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 30 items )  

After Weekend Storms, Rep. Kind Helps Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Prevention Bill
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Following yet another round of extreme weather causing flooding and leaving thousands of Wisconsinites without power for days, Rep. Ron Kind helped introduce the bipartisan Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act with Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) to help reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. This landmark bill would create a low-interest loan program for Wisconsin and other states to   more

Amid Negotiations, Rep. Kind Calls for TV Channel Carrying Packers Games Be Restored to Thousands of Wisconsinites
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind sent letters to executives at AT&T and Nexstar Media Group (the parent company to WLAX TV, FOX 25-48), urging both to restore service to thousands of Wisconsinites who rely on the station, while they continue negotiating. The blackout disproportionally impacts Wisconsin's rural communities who may not have any other stream services available. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after   more

Baldwin, Cornyn Bipartisan Legislation to Support Veterans Experiencing Bankruptcy Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - HAVEN Act will amend current bankruptcy law to protect veterans experiencing financial hardship * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) released the following statement after her Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act passed the Senate today by unanimous consent and now heads to the President's desk for his signature. The bipartisan reform, which Baldwin introduced with Senator   more

CBP Detention Facility Conditions Discussed at Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussed the conditions at CBP detention centers, and changes needed to ensure that we are able to provide a safe and sanitary environment for children while still securing our border. "For more than a year and a half, officials at the Department of Homeland Security and th  more

Chairman Johnson Issues Statement at Hearing on Unprecedented Migration at Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing entitled "Unprecedented Migration at the U.S. Southern Border: What Is Required to Improve Conditions?": "For more than a year and a half, officials at the Department of Homeland Security and throughout the Trump Administration have been warning that the migration crisis at our southern border is overwhelming our system. Their w  more

GAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' cybersecurity risk management programs. The report (GAO-19-384) is titled "Cybersecurity: Agencies Need to Fully Establish Risk Management Programs and Address Challenges". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the Hou  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Information Security
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' information security policies and practices. The report (GAO-19-545) is titled "Federal Information Security: Agencies and OMB Need to Strengthen Policies and Practices". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, and  more

Graham, Manchin Introduce Bill to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturers
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) today introduced the United States Reciprocal Trade Act, which will level the playing field with our foreign trade partners. Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) in January 2019. Graham noted that, with some of the lowest tariffs in the world, the United States is not cu  more

House Passes Rep. Kind's Bipartisan Resolution Urging for Peace in Cameroon
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Rep. Ron Kind calling on the government of Cameroon, armed groups, and all citizens to respect human rights and adopt nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution in the anglophone region. The resolution was led by Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Rep. Karen Ba  more

In A Win for the Great Lakes Region, Sen. Baldwin Secures Authorization for Additional Great Lakes Ice Breaker
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin successfully secured authorization for an additional Coast Guard icebreaker for the Great Lakes in the fiscal year 2020 Coast Guard Reauthorization legislation that passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee today with strong bipartisan support. The legislation will now head to the full Senate for a vote. "In the Great Lakes, inadequate icebreaking capacity is costing us thous  more

Rep. Duffy Applauds Sens. Graham, Manchin for Introducing U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act to Address Foreign Tariffs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 2409, the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act, which would empower the President to address unfair foreign tariffs on US goods. A similar version of this bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Sean Duffy, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance, earlier this year. "Wiscons  more

Rep. Gallagher Hosts Fording Flood Waters
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: This week Congressman Gallagher hosted the Fording Flood Waters Forum. In case you missed the presentation, please find the resources linked below: Fording Flood Waters Agenda (https://c/Users/AAprahamian/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/HFAD907Y/Fording%20Flood%20Waters%20Agenda%202019.pdf) Recent Flood Impact Presentation (https://c/Users/AAprahamian/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Wi  more

Rep. Kelly Introduces Legislation to Make Straw Purchases Federal Crime
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the Preventing Gun Trafficking Act, H.R. 4116, legislation to make straw purchases a federal crime. "One of our greatest challenges to combatting gun violence in our communities is that Illinois is an oasis of commonsense safety laws surrounded by a desert of misguided 'guns everywhere, rules nowhere' ideology. In fact, more than half of all crime guns used in  more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement on Human rights in Cameroon
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, calling on government of Cameroon and armed groups to respect the human rights of all Cameroonian citizens: Over the past two years, tensions have escalated in the Northwest and Southwest regions in Cameroon between the minority Anglophone population and the Francophone factions that control the government. The conflict has killed hundreds of Cameroonians,   more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement on Tariff Increase by Trump Administration
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement: Just in time for back to school shopping, the Trump Administration announced another round of tariff increases on $300 billion worth of Chinese exports--including pens, pencils, classroom instructional tools, children's shoes, and cellphones--further escalating the U.S.-China trade war. "Tariffs are taxes on Wisconsin's farmers, workers, and families, and that's exactly who is going to feel it after thi  more

Rep. Kind Opposes Irresponsible Budget Deal That Adds $1.7 Trillion to National Debt
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind voted against a rash, backroom budget deal that is not paid for and would add $1.7 trillion to the country's debt over the next ten years. The U.S. annual deficit is on track to exceed $1 trillion this year -- the highest level since 2012, when much of the country was still climbing out of the recession. In fact, deficits have never been so high outside of wartime or an economic recession. "Less  more

Rep. Kind Votes to Protect Wisconsinites From Scams and Put a Stop to Bad Robocalls
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind voted for the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which would implement a nationwide caller authentication system, free for consumers, so they can again trust that the number they see on their caller ID is actually the person calling them. It would also give law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission critical tools, information, and incentives to go after robocallers that break   more

Rep. Kind Votes to Save Pensions and Ensure Secure Retirement for Thousands of Wisconsinites
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind voted for and the House passed H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (Butch Lewis Act). This bipartisan legislation will address the multiemployer pension crisis by allowing the Treasury Department to sell special bonds to finance pension plans. Rep. Ron Kind was an original cosponsor of the bill, which will provide retirement security for workers and retirees. Earlier this   more

Rep. Moore Opposes Global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement Targeting Israel
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, on a resolution (H.Res. 246) opposing efforts to delegitimize Israel and the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement targeting Israel: The right to participate in boycotts, whether we agree with them or not, is protected by our constitution, including political expression aimed at Israeli policy. Americans have long used such tactics to influen  more

School Safety Solutions Discussed at Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing With Parkland Parents
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussed school security, threat mitigation and prevention best practices, as well as past and present recommendations from the state and federal level on how we can keep our children safe and secure at school. Panel participants, who included parents of children killed in   more

Sen. Baldwin Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Sun Prairie Post Office For Fire Captain Cory Barr
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday introduced by Senator Baldwin to honor Fire Captain Cory James Barr, a first responder who was killed by an explosion while responding to the July 2018 natural gas leak in Sun Prairie. Captain Barr is credited with evacuating more than 100 people from the building. "Captain Cory Barr paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sun Prairie residents and save liv  more

Sen. Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Renew, Expand Funding for Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand funding for the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 will reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2021, for another five years. The bill increases the current authorization leve  more

Sen. Baldwin Joins Congressional Resolution to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate and House Democratic colleagues, led by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representative Annie Kuster (D-NH), in unveiling a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would roll back the 1332 waiver rule, another Trump Administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing  more

Sen. Baldwin Requests Data From Trump Administration on Consequences of Texas V. United States Prevailing
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter to Azar, Mnuchin Stresses Risk in Upending Health Care System, Need to Understand Ramifications if Obamacare is Gutted * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined her colleagues, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), to request data from the Trump administration to help states and Congress better understand the  more

Sen. Baldwin Urges VA Secretary to End Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Tactics
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - VA has Gone around Workers & Employed Delay Tactics; Baldwin Says Failing to Negotiate in Good Faith Threatens Quality of VA Services Provided to Veterans * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and her Senate colleagues are urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department's current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the American Federat  more

Sen. Baldwin's Bipartisan Infrastructure Reforms Pass Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan provisions authored by Baldwin will improve transportation access and build stronger roads, highways and bridges * * * Today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act that includes U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bipartisan reforms to rebuild America's infrastructure and improve transportation access for workers an  more

Sen. Baldwin, Hawley Lead Bipartisan Effort to Restore Competitiveness to U.S. Exports, Boost American Manufacturers, Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: For two decades, foreign countries, including China, have manipulated their currencies to boost their exports while making American products more expensive abroad. Foreign purchases of U.S. stocks, bonds and other assets have also led to an overvalued American dollar that has put our businesses and workers at a disadvantage. As a result, our trade deficit has exploded and 90,000 factories have closed down  more

Sen. Johnson: Correction - The Possible Scope of Guatemalan Migration
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson noted Tuesday corrected figures about how many Guatemalans could potentially flee Guatemala for the United States after the national PolitiFact organization reported that a Guatemalan newspaper misreported a survey on the subject. After the committee he chairs, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, held another in a series of more than 30 hearings on all   more

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-59) on legislation (S. 411) to establish a Counterterrorism Advisory Board. 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. 411, the Counter Threats Advisory Board Act of 2019, is to establish within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) a Counter Threats Advisory B  more

Sens. Cornyn, Baldwin Issues Statement on HAVEN Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statements after their Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act passed the Senate unanimously: "Veterans with disabilities deserve the hard-earned benefits they receive after serving our country," Sen. Cornyn said. "By protecting their disability compensation during bankruptcy, we can help them and their families regain financial stability." "Forcing our veterans and their families to d  more