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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 26 items )  

Baldwin Calls for Investigation Whether AG Barr Initiated Politically Motivated Investigation Based on Unfounded Conspiracy Theories About 2016 Election
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined nine Senate Democrats to urge the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to investigate whether Attorney General William Barr is using the power of his office to pursue a politically motivated investigation to undermine the Intelligence Community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump. In their  more

Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Call to Action for Better Patient Safety and Oversight at VA Facilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators demand answers following cases of inadequate care or mistreatment of veterans at VA medical facilities across the country * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined nine of her colleagues led by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in calling for action following alarming incidents of veterans receiving inadequate care or mistreatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA  more

Baldwin Works to Increase Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Amendment Supported by Baldwin Passes Senate * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, worked to secure an additional $9 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for Fiscal Year 2020. "Investments in the Great Lakes are an investment in the future of Wisconsin's economy. I am proud to have worked in a bipartisan way to increas  more

Baldwin's Bipartisan Amendment to Expand Flight-Training Programs for Veterans Wins Full Senate Approval
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bipartisan amendment with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) to increase federal funding and expand flight-training services for veterans to become commercial airline pilots passed the full Senate. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin successfully secured $5 million in federal funding, an increase from $1 million, in the Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation,   more

Baldwin, Colleagues to DOD IG: Investigate Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative Funding That Was Held by Trump Administration
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - More Than One Month Has Passed Since Senators Made Initial Request for DoD OIG To Investigate The Delay Of Ukraine Military Assistance * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and her colleagues today reiterated their call for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to review DoD's Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding appropriated by Congress, which was halte  more

Chairman Johnson Issues Statement at Hearing on Threats to Homeland
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing entitled "Threats to the Homeland": "The threats we face today are all too familiar. Most fall within the categories of the four main homeland security priorities of this committee: border security, cyber security, critical infrastructure security, and countering violent extremism. Unfortunately, these threats are evolving with t  more

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Advances Judicial Nominees, 15 Bills During Markup
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- 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 advanced four judicial nominees and 15 bills during a committee markup Wednesday, including 11 postal-naming bills. The bills, amendments and nominees were passed by voice vote unless otherwise noted. Nominations: 1. Nomination of Joshua A. Deahl to be an Associate Judge, Di  more

Johnson, Peters Urge President Trump to Nominate Homeland Security Secretary, Fill Department Vacancies
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- 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.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter Wednesday requesting President Trump swiftly address the absence of Senate-confirmed leadership at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In a letter, the sena  more

Rep. Gallagher: Chopping Down Burdensome Regulations
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Whether you're driving around Green Bay or headed up north, odds are you've probably seen a logging truck somewhere along the way. That should come as no surprise: forestry is an integral part of our economy in Northeast Wisconsin. But just like any industry, these businesses are subject to a whole host of regulations. And however well-intentioned some of these regulations are, some actually increase cos  more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement on Pfaff as Department of Agriculture, Trade, Consumer Protection Secretary
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, Nov. 4 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement in support of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers nomination of Brad Pfaff as the Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: "As a kid who grew up on a family farm in Wisconsin, no one understands the challenges that our family farms face or the work that needs to be done to revitalize our state more than Brad Pfaff. "Brad has dedicated his life to ensuring Wisconsin farmers, worke  more

Rep. Kind's Bipartisan Bill to Lower Out-of-Pocket, Over-the-Counter Drug Costs for Wisconsin Families Passes Out of Committee
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means passed Rep. Ron Kind's bipartisan Restoring Access to Medication Act, which will improve access to care and help families afford the medications and other health care products they need. The bill will give individuals the ability to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to purchase over-the-counter medications and menstrual care   more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Acid Attack in Milwaukee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on acid attack in Milwaukee: "I'm horrified to learn about this violent act of hate inflicted on an innocent member of our community. I am sending my deepest sympathies to Mahud Villalaz and his family. "I thank the Milwaukee Police Department for their efforts to find the perpetrator who committed this awful attack. "No person should feel vulnerable because of their ethnicity or identity. The bigotry and hat  more

Rep. Steil Announces Racine Native as Wisconsin's First Congressional District Veteran of the Year
RACINE, Wisconsin, Nov. 7 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Following a press conference at the Racine County Sheriff Patrol Station, Bryan Steil announced Retired United States Navy Commander Richard "Dick" Vallin as Wisconsin's First Congressional District's Veteran of the Year. "Thank you to everyone who nominated a veteran for this award. There are many who have dedicated their lives to protecting our nation and helping our community. Today, I am proud to  more

Rep. Steil Urges Speaker Pelosi to Conduct Transparent Impeachment Process
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Bryan Steil urges Speaker Pelosi to release full transcripts of all depositions taken since the beginning of the impeachment inquiry in a letter sent today. Steil also urges Speaker Pelosi to commit to making any future deposition transcripts public to the American people and Congress. "We have a duty to uphold the principles of our Constitution and work responsibly to serve the interests of the American pe  more

Reps. Chabot, Sensenbrenner Submit Op-Ed on Clinton Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 -- Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following op-ed on the impeachment against President Clinton, which was provided to the Wall Street Journal: Tensions ran high 20 years ago as we stood in the well of the Senate before Chief Justice William Rehnquist, all 100 senators and the nation. As House impeachment managers, we presented our case against President Clinton. We were somber but confident, knowing that we had afforded Mr. Cli  more

Reps. Sensenbrenner, Chabot Submit Op-Ed on Clinton Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on the impeachment against President Clinton, which was provided to the Wall Street Journal: Tensions ran high 20 years ago as we stood in the well of the Senate before Chief Justice William Rehnquist, all 100 senators and the nation. As House impeachment managers, we presented our case against President Clinton. We were somber but confident, knowing that we had afforded Mr. Cli  more

Sen. Baldwin Announces Increased Federal Funding to Provide Farmers With Mental Health Resources, Services
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate appropriations bill will provide $8 million for Baldwin's FARMERS FIRST Act * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced increased federal funding to provide our nation's farmers with critical support and mental health resources. Senator Baldwin's FARMERS FIRST Act, introduced with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), was included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed the Senate last year. As a member  more

Sen. Baldwin Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Award WWII U.S. Army Ranger Veterans With Congressional Gold Medals
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for bipartisan legislation, led by Senators and combat veterans Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), to award the U.S. Army Ranger Veterans of World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal. There are approximately 40 living WWII Army Ranger Veterans, including 94-year-old Ranger Rene G. Kepperling from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Ranger Kepperli  more

Sen. Baldwin Helps Introduce Legislation to Counter Trump Administration's Health Care Sabotage That Will Spike 2020 Out-of-Pocket Costs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped introduce the Fair Indexing for Health Care Affordability Act - legislation to reverse the Trump administration's recent rule change that would make fewer Americans eligible for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) premium tax credits, and cause those who are eligible to receive less in tax credit support. The legislation is led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Chris Murph  more

Sen. Baldwin Issues Statement Calling for Wisconsin State Legislature to Confirm Pfaff as State Agriculture Secretary
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement calling for the Wisconsin state legislature to confirm Acting Secretary Brad Pfaff to lead the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: "I have worked across party lines to support Wisconsin farmers and the State Legislature should do the same. "State legislative Republicans should not let politics get in the way of helping our farmers when they are dealing with many difficult challenge  more

Sen. Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group Urging President Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Agreement
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - As Trump begins formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, bipartisan group of Senators are encouraging administration officials to prioritize American global leadership on climate change * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin helped introduce a new resolution, led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), calling for the United States to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement Yesterday, President Donald Trump s  more

Sen. Baldwin's Bipartisan Amendment to Fight Methamphetamine Abuse Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped successfully include a bipartisan amendment in appropriations legislation that passed the full Senate to increase funding for an anti-methamphetamine abuse program. "I've met with local health officials, law enforcement and those who have lost loved ones throughout Wisconsin, and it's clear Washington must do more t  more

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Honors 93 Year-Old Shawano Veteran
SHAWANO, Wisconsin, Nov. 8 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Baldwin visited the home of Phyllis Hafemann Olson to recognize her service in the Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII * * * United States Cadet Nurses are currently not granted veteran's status, but that didn't stop U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin from visiting the Shawano home of Phyllis Hafemann Olson to thank her for her service in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and present her   more

Sens. Johnson, Grassley Call for State Department to Release Documents on Hunter Biden and Burisma
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- 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 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday seeking answers to questions regarding the way a consulting firm hired by Burisma Holdings,   more

Sens. Johnson, Rick Scott, Rubio Introduce School Safety Legislation in Memory of Parkland Students
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- 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 Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation Tuesday to create a Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices to help schools and their faculty, parents, and community officials identify school s  more

Veterans Groups Voice Strong Support for Baldwin's Bipartisan Reform to Create Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan bill designates 9-8-8 as a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline * * * Support from leading veteran advocacy organizations is growing for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's bipartisan reform to designate a three-digit phone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline and ensure states have the flexibility to strengthen local crisis call centers.   more