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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 20 items )  

Baldwin, Johnson Reestablish Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson agreed to reestablish the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission to advance nominations for vacant federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions in Wisconsin during the 116th Congress. "The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission process is the right way forward. I am pleased to join Senator Johnson in moving forward in a bipartisan manner to advance the pro  more

Bipartisan Group of HSGAC Members Urge Action to Address Vacant Inspector General Positions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Gary C. Peters (D-Mich.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, were joined by a bipartisan group of committee members in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump Friday urging the administration to swiftly nominate permanent inspect  more

Dairyland Democrats Send Letter After Administration Strikes Backroom Deal With Japan That Could Leave U.S. Dairy Industry Behind
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, Wisconsin Reps. Kind, Moore, and Pocan--along with Reps. DelBene and Welch--sent a letter to United States Trade (USTR) Ambassador Lighthizer after finding out at the eleventh hour that the administration potentially failed to acquire a truly level playing field for U.S. dairy exporters into Japan. Instead, in the backdoor agreement, U.S. dairy will have inferior access to the market compared to compet  more

Following Request From Sen. Baldwin, CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center to Help Address Outbreak of Lung Disease Connected to Vaping
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Hundreds of Americans have been reported sick, including more than 30 Wisconsinites * * * Last week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to address the outbreak of severe lung disease connected to vaping, and today the CDC announced that they would do so. "My home state has been on the fro  more

GAO Issues Report on FEMA, Red Cross Mass Care Coordination to 2017 Hurricanes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross' coordination of mass care in response to the 2017 hurricanes. The report (GAO-19-526) is titled "Disaster Response: FEMA and the American Red Cross Need to Ensure Key Mass Care Organizations are Included in Coordination and Planning". The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson,   more

GAO Issues Report on HHS Response to Hurricanes in Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal public health and medical services response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The report (GAO-19-592) is titled "Disaster Response: HHS Should Address Deficiencies Highlighted by Recent Hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico". The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsi  more

Johnson, Baldwin Reestablish Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) agreed to reestablish the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission to advance nominations for vacant federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions in Wisconsin during the 116th Congress. "The bipartisan nominating commission has delivered highly qualified nominees in the past, and I am hopeful it can deliver similar results going forward. I respec  more

Rep. Gallagher Secures Grants to Support Appleton International Airport Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today announced the award of $4.7 million for improvements to Appleton International Airport. The grants will be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Appleton International Airport plays a critical role in supporting economic development in Northeast Wisconsin," said Rep. Gallagher. "Past develo  more

Rep. Gallagher Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee, Urges Colleagues to Pass Foreign Lobbying Ban
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today testified before the House Judiciary Committee on his bill H.R.1522, the Congressional and Executive Foreign Lobbying Ban Act. This legislation, which Gallagher introduced earlier this year, would ban Members of Congress, senior executive branch officials, and general and flag officers of the Armed Forces from lobbying on behalf of foreign interests. In light of   more

Rep. Gwen Moore Applauds Federal Approval of Lead Abatement Program to Protect Health, Safety of Wisconsin Children, Expectant Mothers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a lead abatement initiative program for pregnant women and low-income children enrolled in BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid. Governor Evers' budget included $14.2 million for lead reduction efforts and testing. Congresswoman Moore released the following statement: "Lead exposure is a pervasive public health crisis throughout Wisconsin that affected M  more

Rep. Kind Introduces Higher Education Action While Visiting the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
PLATTEVILLE, Wisconsin, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Yesterday during a stop at UW-Platteville, Rep. Ron Kind rolled out his Higher Education Action Plan. Rep Kind's plan takes a common-sense approach to lower costs and expand access to the classroom for Wisconsin students. "With Wisconsin's Third Congressional District being home to fourteen colleges and universities, I've seen firsthand the impact that today's higher education costs and student l  more

Rep. Steil Issues Statement on Beginning of Trade Negotiations Between U.S., Japan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release on the beginning of trade talks between the U.S. and Japan: "This decision is a step in the right direction. Bringing trading partners to the table bodes well for farmers and workers in Wisconsin. "Lowering barriers to trade will ensure American products can be sold freely, fairly, and reciprocally throughout the world. "I look forward to working on this agreement and finalizing a trade deal with Japan th  more

Rep. Steil Seeks Nominations for Wisconsin's First Congressional District Veteran of the Year Award
JANESVILLE, Wisconsin, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Bryan Steil is seeking nominations for Wisconsin's First Congressional District's Veteran of the Year Award. The Veteran of the Year Award is an opportunity for a veteran to be honored for his or her service and contributions in the First District. "I've made it a priority to support veterans and their families. I want to be the scissors that cuts through bureaucratic red tape at the VA and oth  more

Rep. Westerman Issues Testimony Before Natural Resources Committee in Favor of Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee in favor of the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act (H.R. 2485): "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'd like to first thank my colleague from Wisconsin, Mr. Kind, for introducing this sound, bipartisan legislation. I'd also like to recognize my former colleague, Senator Cramer, for continuing the fight for smart governmental reform in the upper chamber. "Mr. Chairman  more

Reps. Moore, Speier and Dingell Introduce Resolution Recognizing Intersection of Misogyny, Violence Against Women, Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (MI-12) in introducing a resolution that recognizes the intersection between misogyny, violence against women, and gun violence. Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation to protect against our nation's epidemic of domestic violence, stalking, dati  more

Sen. Baldwin Opposes Labor Department Proposal to Allow Government-Funded Discrimination Against LGBTQ People, Women, More
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate HELP Committee Democrats urge Trump-Pence administration to withdraw rule allowing for federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate on ideological grounds * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP), sent a letter to Acting Secretary Pizzella urging the Department of Labor to withdraw a proposed rule that wo  more

Sen. Baldwin Supports Introduction of Legislation to Stop Use of Taxpayer Dollars at Trump Properties
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today helped introduce the Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act to immediately stop the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars at properties owned by the President, Vice President and Cabinet officials. The legislation, led by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, aim  more

Sen. Baldwin Warns That Pharmaceutical Mergers May Increase Drug Prices, Reduce Patient Access to Essential Medications
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: In light of ongoing consolidation in the pharmaceutical sector, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues in calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to closely scrutinize pharmaceutical mergers that could increase prescription drug prices and reduce patient access to needed medications. In a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons led by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Senators raised  more

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Gets the Job Done for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Wisconsin Selected to Receive $454,000 to Host the Midwest Regional Dairy Business Innovation Initiative - Senate Agriculture Appropriations Legislation Includes Major Funding Increase for Baldwin's Dairy Business Innovation Program * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced two major wins for Wisconsin dairy farmers and our agriculture economy through her Dairy Business Innovation Ini  more

Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy Introduces Legislation to Prevent Genetic Testing on Babies in The Womb to Determine Their Sexual Orientation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Currently, genetic tests cannot definitively predict the sexual orientation of an unborn child; however, a recent large scale GWAS study found genetic differences account for roughly one-third of same-sex behavior. The repercussions of this breakthrough and further advances in this medical technology could be profound, resulting in the termination of pregnancies by parents who do not wish to have a same   more