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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 17 items )  

Cotton, Schumer, Gallagher, Gallego Urge DOD to Name Chinese Defense Companies in U.S.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) along with Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) and Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging him to use all available statutory authorities to combat the Chinese Communist Party's espionage against the U.S. defense-industrial base. The letter specifically requests that the Department of Defense publ  more

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Assistance to Mexico
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on funding and projects the U.S. has provided under the Merida Initiative. The report (GAO-19-647) is titled "U.S. Assistance to Mexico: State and USAID Allocated over $700 Million to Support Criminal Justice, Border Security, and Related Efforts from Fiscal Year 2014 through 2018". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Se  more

HSGAC Hearing at 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York Reflects on National Security Challenges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard from three former homeland security secretaries at a field hearing at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York Monday to discuss how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has evolved to address an ever-changing threat landscape since 9/11, how it  more

Johnson, Grassley Push for Transparency Surrounding the October 2016 Meeting Between Christopher Steele and State Department Officials
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - State Department Office of the Inspector General failed to issue report on investigation into the October 2016 meeting between Steele, state department officials in run-up to the Carter Page FISA application * * * U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committe  more

Rep. Collins Issues Statement After Rep. Sensenbrenner Announced That He Will Not Seek Reelection
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, announced that he will not seek reelection: "Jim Sensenbrenner is already a legend in the Judiciary Committee and in the House of Representatives. His contributions will always be a part of our committee's histor  more

Rep. Gallagher Welcomes Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today welcomed veterans from Northeast Wisconsin traveling to Washington, D.C. as part of the Old Glory Honor Flight. Gallagher met the group of 92 veterans at the World War II memorial to thank them for their service. "As we commemorate the horrific attack on 9/11, it's important we also remember the service and sacrifice of those who have worked to keep our country s  more

Rep. Kind Demands Answers After Millions of Trade Bailout Money Goes to Trump Campaign Advisors
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Once again USDA Secretary Perdue's method of distribution of the Market Facilitation Program has caused concern * * * Today in a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, Rep. Ron Kind asked for Secretary Perdue to explain how over $2 million in trade aid went to some of the President's closest political agricultural advisors from his presidential campaign, while   more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Holds Roundtable On His Legislation To Combat Distracted Driving With The National Safety Council
ITASCA, Illinois, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * Participants Also Included Community Leaders and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Allstate Insurance * * * Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), held a roundtable discussion on distracted driving at the National Safety Council with local leaders, elected officials, and advocates on the States Afforded Funding Extensions To Oppose Driving Recklessly In Vehicular Engag  more

Rep. Moore Honors Vision Forward Association
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 9, honoring the Vision Forward Association: I rise to honor the Vision Forward Association which serves Southeastern Wisconsin, as they mark their centennial in 2019. For more than 100 years, Vision Forward has provided services to a diverse community of individuals who are blind or visually impaired as well as their families. What began as an advocacy gro  more

Rep. Sensenbrenner: Financial Net Worth
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 9: Through the following statement, I am making my financial net worth as of March 31, 2019, a matter of public record. I have filed similar statements for each of the forty preceding years I have served in the Congress. Assets REAL PROPERTY Single family residence at 609 Ft. Williams Parkway, City of Alexandria, Virginia, at assessed valuati  more

Rep. Steil Issues Remarks at House Financial Services Committee Hearing on Rising Costs of Education
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following remarks: At today's House Financial Services Committee hearing, Bryan Steil outlined the underlying problems of rising higher education costs and the need to redirect federal efforts to make education affordable for students and parents. "I appreciate you [Chairwoman Waters and Ranking Member McHenry] calling today's hearing to highlight what is a really serious issue. We have a 1.5 trillion-dollar student loan problem  more

Sen. Baldwin Demands Answers From Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), ranking member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and 13 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that   more

Sen. Baldwin Issues Statement on National Gastroparesis Month
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 9, on National Gastroparesis Month: I would like to call attention to the estimated 5 million Americans suffering from gastroparesis and recognize the observance of National Gastroparesis Month, which takes place in August. Gastroparesis is a chronic digestive disease caused by the stomach's inability to empty properly in the absence of any observabl  more

Sen. Baldwin Urges CDC to Address Outbreak of Severe Lung Disease Connected to Vaping
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Mystery illness has sickened hundreds of Americans, including more than 30 Wisconsinites * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is raising concerns to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the outbreak of severe lung disease connected to vaping in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. In her letter to CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Senator Baldwin asks how the agency is su  more

Sen. Johnson Issues Statement on Supreme Court Third-Country Asylum Ruling
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration's third-country asylum policy to take effect: "This ruling is a game changer. The Supreme Court, with only two recorded dissents, recognized the absurdity of a single judge dictating immigration policy for the entire country. "This ruling allows us to finally start to address o  more

Sen. Tammy Baldwin's Go Pack Go Act Guarantees All Wisconsinites Can Watch Every Packers Game Broadcast
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: As the 100th NFL season kicks off, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is working to make sure all Wisconsinites, no matter where they live across the state, can watch Green Bay Packers game broadcasts every week. Baldwin today reintroduced her Go Pack Go Act that requires cable, satellite and other video providers to provide their Wisconsin subscribers with access to programming from broadcast television station  more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-87) on legislation (S. 1388) to manage supply chain risk through counterintelligence training. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY S. 1388, the Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act of 2019, requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the   more