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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 34 items )  

Chairman Johnson Issues Statement at Hearing on Supply Chain Security, 5G
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing entitled "Supply Chain Security, Global Competitiveness, and 5G": "We are at a technological crossroads. While the development of 4G wireless technology made innovations like Uber and Netflix possible, the transition to 5G promises connectivity that is 100 times faster and five times more reliable. It will also enable us to conn  more

Following Senator Baldwin's Request, Senate HELP Committee Announces Hearing on Lung Injury Outbreak Connected to Vaping
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Following the request of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) announced it will hold a hearing next month on the outbreak of lung injury connected to electronic cigarette use, or vaping, and the rise of youth use of these products. Senator Baldwin, a member of the Senate HELP Committee, called for a hearing in September to investigate the outbrea  more

GAO Issues Report on Infrastructure Projects Covered Under FAST-41
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the steps the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council has taken to develop performance schedules for the 10 infrastructure sectors. The report (GAO-20-19) is titled "Infrastructure Projects: Actions Needed to Fully Develop Performance Schedules for Environmental Reviews". The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environmen  more

Rep. Gallagher Issues Statement on Resolution to Continue Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House voted on the resolution to continue the ongoing impeachment inquiry (H.Res. 660): "From day one, Speaker Pelosi's partisan impeachment inquiry has lacked transparency, disregarded due process, and denied fairness to the President and House Republicans. Today's vote doesn't change that. It doubles down on a fundamentally flawed process that breaks with historical precedent and continues to res  more

Rep. Gallagher, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Plan to Rescue Troubled Federal Trust Funds
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Reps. Ed Case (D-HI), William Timmons (R-SC), and Ben McAdams (D-UT), today introduced the Time to Rescue United States' Trusts (TRUST) Act, a bill that would establish special congressional rescue committees tasked with crafting legislation that restores and strengthens federal trust funds on the brink of insolvency. Without legislative action, critical government t  more

Rep. Grothman on Committee's Higher Education Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Over the last three days, Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) has taken part in the Committee on Education and Labor's markup of H.R. 4674, the so-called College Affordability Act. H.R. 4674 is a large bill that would bring about sweeping changes to the U.S. higher education system. It has received zero Republican cosponsors and key Republican amendments were rejected in committee. Grothman is a me  more

Rep. Grothman: Ignoring Federal Immigration Law
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Today, at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) questioned witnesses about the crisis at our southern border and the challenges faced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Acting ICE Director, Matthew Albence, addressed the issues immigration officers, and the agency as a whole, have faced w  more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Action on Influx of Toxic Chemicals Found in Baby Food
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement: Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore along with 15 of her House colleagues, wrote a letter to the FDA to demand action after reports found that 95 percent of tested baby food had toxic chemicals, including arsenic and lead. Past research findings reveal that even mild exposure to toxic chemicals harmed baby's neural development. Congresswoman Moore released the following statement: "The earliest years of a child's   more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Activist Harpole
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on the death of civil rights activist Mildred Harpole "Mildred Harpole, a pillar in the community, devoted her life to bettering the people of Milwaukee. As a champion for justice, she was an educator in under resourced schools, who worked to integrate the Milwaukee public school system and used the tools at hand to educate and empower students. "Her commitment to equality did not end in the classroom. "She t  more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Resolution That Outlines Next Steps in Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on a resolution that the outlines next steps in impeachment inquiry: "Today, I voted for a measure today to formalize the next steps in the ongoing impeachment inquiry that supports a transparent investigation. This vote protects the rights of the President, allows Trump's lawyers to cross-examine witnesses and guarantees open hearings throughout the process. "From there, Members of Congress and the American p  more

Rep. Pocan Introduces Bill to Strengthen Apprenticeships for New Wave of Working People
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), today introduced the Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills (LEARNS) Act. The LEARNS Act would increase the number of skilled workers in the United States and strengthen registered apprenticeship programs as an effective earn-and-learn model for students, workers, and employers. "The LEARNS Act is an investment in the economic power of millions of peopl  more

Rep. Pocan Issues Statement on Homestead Detention Center Closure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Homestead detention center will close and not have its contract renewed: Rep. Pocan previsouly questioned Director of DHHS' Office of Refugee Resettlement, Jonathan Hayes, in a Congressional hearing that uncovered the $720,000 daily cost of running the empty detention center. "The decision for the government to shut down the Homestead Detention Center and not renew its   more

Rep. Pocan Submits Public Comment on F-35 Mission at Truax Air National Guard Base
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today submitted the following public comment on the United States Air Force's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed F-35 mission at Truax Air National Guard Base, also available to view here (https://pocan.house.gov/sites/pocan.house.gov/files/Rep.%20Pocan%20Draft%20EIS%20Public%20Comments%2010.30.2019.pdf). "Dear Secretary Barrett: I write to su  more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Issues Statement on Impeachment Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement regarding the Democrats impeachment resolution: "An unfair process can only lead to an unfair result, and this entire process has been fundamentally unfair to the President. "Just as no American -- including the President -- is above the law, no one is below it either. "Yet, Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff continue to rob the President of his due process rights. "The rules outlined in today's r  more

Rep. Steil Congratulates Johnson on His Appointment to President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 28, congratulating Fisk Johnson on his appointment to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology: I rise today to recognize Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson & Son, Inc. For 133 years, SC Johnson has been a cornerstone of Racine, Wisconsin. President Trump was wise to select Fisk to serve on his Council of Advisors on Science an  more

Rep. Steil Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi's Resolution Validating Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on his vote against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's resolution validating the impeachment process: "I oppose the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Impeachment is a serious power invested in Congress by the Constitution. From the start, the process has been secretive and lacked due process. "Today's resolution does not provide the president with due process protections that were afforded to both President Clinton and P  more

Rep. Steil to Serve on House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship & Capital Markets
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Following a vote in the House Financial Services Committee, Bryan Steil (WI-01) was named a member of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets. Steil is the only Republican freshman to serve on the Subcommittee. "Vibrant capital markets are critical to the success of workers and entrepreneurs in Southeast Wisconsin. On the Capital Markets Subcommittee, I will work to a  more

Sen. Alexander Issues Floor Statement on No Junk Plans Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on the No Junk Plans Act (S. 1556): In reserving the right to object, the Senator from Wisconsin is exactly correct. Every Senate Democrat has voted to take away a low-cost insurance option from what the Urban Institute says is 1.7 million Americans. These people can't afford other kinds of insurance. That is what they want to take away, and  more

Sen. Baldwin Issues Floor Statement on ENROLL Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on the Expand Navigators' Resources for Outreach, Learning and Longevity Act (S. 1905): Despite the sabotage that I have described from this administration against the Affordable Care Act, in Wisconsin this year, things are getting better with the new Governor. Thanks to strong leadership from Governor Evers and the investments his administrati  more

Sen. Baldwin Issues Floor Statement on No Junk Plans Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on the No Junk Plans Act (S. 1556): I rise to join my colleague Senator Mark Warner and the entire Senate Democratic caucus to force a vote on his resolution to protect Americans with preexisting health conditions and stop the Trump administration from using American taxpayer dollars to promote junk insurance plans that don't even have to cover  more

Sen. Baldwin Pays Tribute to Ex-Wisconsin Gov. Earl
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, paying tribute to ex-Wisconsin Gov. Tony Earl: I rise today to recognize former Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his election to the Wisconsin State Assembly and the beginning of a remarkable career of public service. Governor Earl is a progressive champion in Wisconsin politics and government. He successfully   more

Sen. Baldwin Urges CMS to Increase Childhood Lead Screenings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Urging CMS to Address Gaps in Key Data used to Inform Prevention * * * Following National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her colleagues in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to do more to address prevention, screening and treatment of children affected by lead exposure. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma led  more

Sen. Baldwin Urges Commerce Committee Leadership to Guarantee Access to In-State Broadcast Television
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Baldwin introduced legislation to make sure all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to receive in-state broadcasts * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, yesterday urged Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to implement solutions for the 400,000 residents in Wisconsin who lack access to in-  more

Sen. Baldwin, Democrats Force Vote on Legislation to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Republican Majority Votes Against Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined the entire Senate Democratic Caucus to force a vote on Senator Mark Warner's (D-VA) resolution to roll back the Trump administration's rule on 1332 waivers, which the Trump administration is using to push junk insurance plans that don't have to cover people with pre-exi  more

Sen. Baldwin, Rep. McEachin Introduce Legislation to Make Health Care More Affordable for Young Adults
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - The Advancing Youth Enrollment Act lowers health care costs while maintaining critical ACA protections * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) today reintroduced legislation that provides a better deal for young Americans by improving health coverage affordability while maintaining Affordable Care Act protections and access to essential services. Wit  more

Sen. Baldwin: Senate Democrats Promote Open Enrollment, Call for Passage of ENROLL Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: At a press conference today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Josh Peck, Co-Founder at Get America Covered, promoted the start of Open Enrollment on Friday and called for passage of the Expand Navigators' Resources for Outreach, Learning, and Longevity (ENROLL) Act to restore funding for the Navigator program that he  more

Sen. Johnson Meets With Guatemalan Ambassador to United States to Discuss Success of Border Security Partnership
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Guatemala's ambassador to the United States, Manuel Alfredo Espina, Tuesday to discuss how the U.S.-Guatemala border security partnership has contributed to the reduc  more

Sen. Johnson Requests Clinton-Obama Emails From U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Archivist David Ferriero of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Thursday to request email communication between former Secretary Clinton and President Obama. Based on a communication from   more

Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Support Health, Wellbeing of Family Caregivers Authored by Sen. Baldwin
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to advance legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to support the health and wellbeing of family caregivers. The Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 now heads to the floor for consideration by the full Senate. Senators Baldwin and Collins are members of the Senate HELP Committ  more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Report on Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-152) on legislation (S. 2119) to amend title 5, U.S. Code, to appropriately limit the authority to award bonuses to federal employees. The report was advanced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Oct. 24. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary The purpose of S. 2119, the Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act, is to prevent agencies from giving bonuses to employees that  more

Sens. Baldwin, Johnson Introduce Legislation to Rename New Richmond Post Office for World War II Veterans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate to designate the post office at 430 South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond as the "Captain Robert C. Harmon and Private John R. Peirson Post Office." The legislation honors Captain Robert C. Harmon and his half-brother, Private John R. Peirson, who were both killed during World War II. "Captain Robert Harmon and Pri  more

Sens. Johnson, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Rename New Richmond Post Office for World War II Veterans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate to designate the post office at 430 South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond as the "Captain Robert C. Harmon and Private John R. Peirson Post Office." The legislation honors Captain Robert C. Harmon and his half-brother, Private John R. Peirson, who were both killed during World War II. "More than 33,000 Wisconsinites   more

Sens. Johnson, Grassley Call for Transparency in Criminal Inquiry Into Origins of Russia Investigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr Tuesday to call for transparency in the reported Department of Justice criminal inquiry into the origi  more

Sens. Markey, Fischer, Baldwin Urge Commerce Committee Leadership to Help Restore Access to In-State Broadcast Television
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - As Commerce Committee considers updates to current video marketplace rules, Senator Markey pushes for restored access to Massachusetts stations in Berkshire County * * * Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, yesterday sent a letter urging Chairman Roger Wicker (R- Miss.) and R  more