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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 36 items )  

Baldwin-Supported Funding to Expand Flight-Training Programs for Veterans Wins Committee Approval
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Federal funding supported by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to expand flight-training services for veterans to become commercial airline pilots passed the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin successfully secured $1 million in federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies A  more

Chairman Johnson Issues Statement at Hearing on Countering Domestic Terrorism
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing entitled "Countering Domestic Terrorism: Examining the Evolving Threat": "This is the first in what I expect will be a series of hearings examining domestic acts of terrorism. Although we must remain vigilant, the defeat of the territorial caliphate of ISIS and focused counter-terrorism efforts have resulted in the recent decli  more

GAO Issues Report on Use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Process
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of regulatory changes governing the use of the lowest price technically acceptable process. The report (GAO-19-691) is titled "Federal Contracting: Information on Agencies' Use of the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Process". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-  more

Peterson, Stauber Introduce Bill to Return Wolves to State Management
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: Representatives Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. and Pete Stauber, R-Minn. today introduced the Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2019 that would return management of the Western Great Lakes gray wolves to state control in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Management of these gray wolves was transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions that reinstate  more

Rep. Gallagher Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "The question of impeachment is serious business, and Congress must be responsible in how it discharges this authority. "Unfortunately, Democratic Leadership rushed to judgement, and called for impeachment before getting all the facts. Already, many of the anonymously sourced media reports have proven to be false. A matter as grave as impeachment de  more

Rep. Gallagher Issues Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on President Trump's announcement that U.S. and Japan have signed a trade-enhancement agreement impacting agricultural, industrial and digital trade: The agreement is the first step in a broader trade agreement with Japan, and will reduce tariff barriers and open up Japanese markets to over $7 billion in U.S. products when implemented. "This is great news for Northeast Wisconsin. "The agreement negotiated  more

Rep. Grothman Honors the Hmong New Year
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) has introduced H. Res. 573, a bipartisan resolution with Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Ron Kind (WI-03), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jim Costa (CA-16), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Judy Chu (CA-27), Mark Takano (CA-41), Lou Correa (CA-46) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), recognizing the   more

Rep. Grothman Issues Statement on Impeachment Proceedings
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, announced that the House will begin impeachment proceedings directed toward President Trump: "I was disappointed to see Speaker Pelosi move forward with impeachment proceedings yesterday. We know that probably every Democrat in the House voted for Secretary Clinton in 2016 and the endless string of investigations in the House are reaction to that election. But, the   more

Rep. Gwen Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on an impeachment inquiry: "I welcome Speaker Pelosi's decision to begin an impeachment inquiry. The findings from the Mueller report troubled me and made it clear that he solicited help from Russia and obstructed justice. "Trump's abuse of presidential power did not stop there. His recent calls urging Ukraine's president to investigate his political opponent is the latest example of Trump's lawlessness. "The  more

Rep. Kind Urges Dairy Farmers to Sign Up for Insurance Program After USDA Extends Deadline
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind is encouraging Wisconsin dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage program after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that the deadline to sign up was extended to Friday, September 27, 2019. The program offers protection for dairy farmers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost falls below a certain dolla  more

Rep. Moore Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Sources of Capital for State, Local Government Public Works Investments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Moore introduced bipartisan legislation to expand how money market funds can be used as a source of capital for public infrastructure projects. The Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule restricts money market funds, which increases the cost for state and local governments to issue municipal bonds. Rep. Moore released the following statement: "The American Society of Civil Engineers (  more

Sen. Baldwin Calls for HELP Committee Hearing on Health Outbreak Connected to Vaping
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), is calling for a hearing on the outbreak of severe lung disease connected to vaping. In a letter to Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Baldwin emphasizes the increasing number of cases of this mystery illness that have been ident  more

Sen. Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Protections for SEC, CFTC Whistleblowers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to introduce the bipartisan Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act (WPIA) that would extend whistleblower protections to more individuals who report wrongdoing and violations of securities and commodities law. "If we strengthen and empower whistleblowers,   more

Sen. Baldwin Issues Statement on President Trump's Nominee for Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on her decision not to support President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia: "I had an opportunity to meet with Mr. Scalia and participate in a Senate HELP Committee hearing on what I feel is a rushed nomination process. "The leader of the Department of Labor should be someone who has proven experience acting on behal  more

Sen. Baldwin Supports Senate Resolution to Protect Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate resolution would force a vote to reverse the Trump administration's rule to allow states to promote "junk" health plans that lack protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for Senator Mark Warner's (D-VA) effort to force a Senate vote on a resolution to protect people with pre-existing conditions from another at  more

Sen. Baldwin Urges Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Take Away Food Assistance From Millions of Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposed rule would take food assistance away from more than 118,000 Wisconsinites * * * Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is raising serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would take food assistance away from millions of families  more

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Presses Trump Administration for Urgency on Addressing PFAS Contamination in Water
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the Trump administration to respond more urgently to water contamination caused by harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in order to protect human health. In her letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Senator Baldwin is demanding more EPA rese  more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Charging Helps Agencies Realize Government Efficiencies Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-95) on legislation (S. 2193) to require the administrator of General Services to issue guidance to clarify that federal agencies may pay by charge card for the charging of federal electric motor vehicles. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY S. 2193, the Charging Helps Agencies Realize Genera  more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-100) on legislation (S. 1434) to prohibit the use of reverse auctions for design and construction services procurements. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY S. 1434, the Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2015, amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to prohibit Fe  more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Duplication Scoring Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-113) on legislation (S. 2183) to require the comptroller general of the U.S. to analyze certain legislation in order to prevent duplication of an overlap with existing federal programs, offices and initiatives. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 23. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of S. 2183, the Duplication Scori  more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Federal Advanced Contracts Enhancement Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-84) on legislation (S. 979) to amend the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 to incorporate the recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office relating to advance contracts. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary S. 979, the Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement A  more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Grant Reporting Efficiency, Agreements Transparency Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-96) on legislation (H.R. 150) to modernize federal grant reporting. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of H.R. 150, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2019, or the GREAT Act, is to improve and modernize reporting by recipients of Federal grants. Th  more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Repeal Insurance Plans of Multi-State Program Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-86) on legislation (S. 1378) to repeal the multi-State plan program. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary S. 1378, the Repeal Insurance Plans of the Multi-State Program Act, or the RIP MSP Act, repeals the Multi-State Plan (MSP) Program authorized under Section 1334 of the Patient Protection   more

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Secure Federal LEASEs Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-92) on legislation (S. 1869) to require the disclosure of ownership of high-security space leased to accommodate a federal agency. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY The purpose of S. 1869, the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage And Suspicious Entanglements Act, or Secure Federal LEASEs A  more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Deepfake Report Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-93) on legislation (S. 2065) to require the secretary of Homeland Security to publish an annual report on the use of deepfake technology. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY S. 2065, the Deepfake Report Act of 2019, requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to publish an annual report on t  more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Early Participation in Regulations Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-88) on legislation (S. 1419) to require agencies to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking for major rules. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The Early Participation in Regulations Act of 2019 requires Federal agencies to solicit and consider public comment early in the rulemakin  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-99) on legislation (S. 731) to amend the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010 to authorize certain polygraph waiver authority. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of S. 731, the Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act, is to ensure the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is abl  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-91) on legislation (S. 1867) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security an unmanned aircraft systems coordinator. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary S. 1867, the DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act, establishes a Count  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-97) on legislation (H.R. 2590) to require a Department of Homeland Security overseas personnel enhancement plan. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY H.R. 2590, the DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2019, requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) to provide   more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-112) on legislation (S. 734) to leverage federal government procurement power to encourage increased cybersecurity for internet of things devices. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 23. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY The purpose of S. 734, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, is to proactively mitiga  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on Protecting America's Food, Agriculture Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-94) on legislation (S. 2107) to increase the number of CBP Agriculture Specialists and support staff in the Office of Field Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY The purpose of S. 2107, the Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019, i  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on Protecting Faith-Based, Nonprofit Organizations from Terrorism Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-89) on legislation (S. 1539) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide funding to secure nonprofit facilities from terrorist attacks. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary S. 1539, the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act of 2019, authorizes an exis  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on State, Local Government Cybersecurity Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-90) on legislation (S. 1846) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for engagements with state, local, tribal and territorial governments. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of S. 1846, the State and Local Cybersecurity Act of 2019, is to improve the cybersecurity  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Issues Report on Venezuela Contracting Restriction Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-85) on legislation (S. 1151) to prohibit contracting with persons that have business operations with the Maduro regime. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Sept. 10. Excerpts of the report follow: I. PURPOSE AND SUMMARY The purpose of S. 1151, the Venezuelan Contracting Restriction Act, is to prohibit Federal agencies from contracting for the procurement  more

Sens. Baldwin, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Quality of Health Care for Veterans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan bill would expand access to training and educational opportunities for future health professionals on veteran-specific health needs * * * U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced the bipartisan Veterans-Specific Education for Tomorrow's Health Professionals (VET HP) Act that aims to better educate future health care professionals on the specific med  more

Sens. Cotton, Schumer Issue Statement on Motion to Strengthen Provision to Keep Huawei on Entity List
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York, issued the following joint statement after the Senate passed a motion to instruct the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee to retain and strengthen an amendment from Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, to the NDAA prohibiting the removal of Huawei from the entity list without the consent of Congress: "Huawei is the eyes and ears of the Chinese Communist Party overseas and a menace to our econom  more