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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 35 items )  

Baldwin Helps Secure Federal Funding to Conduct Gun Violence Research for First Time in More Than 20 Years
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin has long supported funding for gun violence prevention research * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped secure $25 million in the Fiscal Year 2020 government funding agreement for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to stu  more

Baldwin Secures Wins for Wisconsin in Bipartisan Defense Spending Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured a number of critical investments for Wisconsin in the final defense spending legislation that passed Congress this week and will be signed into law by the President. "I worked to make sure the final bipartisan defense spending bill includes a number of funding provisions that support our veterans and our economy in Wisco  more

Baldwin, Colleagues Call on Purdue Pharma to Cancel $1.3 Million Bonus for CEO
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led 10 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Purdue Pharma's Board of Directors, calling on them to cancel the reported $1.3 million bonus they are planning to give to Purdue Pharma CEO Craig Landau. Attorneys General from 24 states, including Wisconsin, have argued that Landau should not collect a bonus, and on Thursday, a bankruptcy judge is expected to issue a decis  more

Brown Secures Record Investment in Researching Non-Addictive Methods for Pain Treatment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Helped Create Defense Department's Opioid Alternative Research Program Last Year - Helped to Secure Record $15 Million in Final Appropriations Bill This Year * * * The Senate is expected to pass a spending package that includes key wins for Ohio that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped secure. In the package, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped secure a record investment of $15 milli  more

Chairman Johnson Issues Statement at Hearing on Office of Inspector General's FISA Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing entitled "DOJ OIG FISA Report: Methodology, Scope, and Findings": I want to thank Inspector General Horowitz and his team for being here, and for all your hard work and efforts preparing the report that is the main subject of our hearing today. The bipartisan praise you have already received for your efforts is well deserved, an  more

Cotton, Colleagues: China Shouldn't Lead World Intellectual Property Organization
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York), along with Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-California) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin), sent a letter urging the president to strongly oppose China's efforts to lead the World Intellectual Property Organization at the United Nations. In the letter, the lawmakers write that China's persistent violations of intellectual property protections--as  more

Markey Joins Baldwin, Colleagues To Call on Purdue Pharma to Cancel $1.3 Million Bonus for CEO
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and 9 other Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Purdue Pharma's Board of Directors, calling on them to cancel the reported $1.3 million bonus they are planning to give to Purdue Pharma CEO Craig Landau. Attorneys General from 24 states, including Wisconsin, have argued that Landau should not collect a bonus, and on Thursday, a ban  more

Rep. Gallagher Issues Statement on FY 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House passed two appropriations bills that direct more than $1.3 trillion in spending over the course of fiscal 2020: "Last night we received 2,313 pages of appropriations bills that not only direct more than $1.3 trillion in spending, but are also filled with a whole host of special interest provisions that have no place in a traditional appropriations package. "In less than 24 hours, the House n  more

Rep. Gallagher Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House voted on two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Speaker Pelosi has acknowledged that something as divisive as impeachment should be 'compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.' Yet from day one, she rushed this process, moved the goal posts, and failed to live up to her own words about the gravity of impeachment. "What we are seeing here is unprecedented: it's the first time   more

Rep. Grothman Issues Statement on House Passage of FY 2020 Spending Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after House passage of the fiscal 2020 spending bills: "Congress voted on two appropriations bills that, as a practical matter, is the budget for the fiscal year ending in September 2020. A week ago, most felt that a budget deal would not be reached this year and that Congress would pass a two-month continuing resolution that held spending at last year's levels. Five days ago, we were told that a deal was re  more

Rep. Grothman Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "The USMCA is the 21st century solution we need to promote free trade, economic growth and continued cooperation between the United States, Mexico and Canada. This trade agreement should have been taken up by Congress a year ago," said Grothman. "Wisconsin's world-famous dairy industry, and our entire agriculture sector, will benefit from the USMCA tr  more

Rep. Grothman's Letter to Secretary DeVos
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah), along with Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Ron Wright (R-TX), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Randy Weber (R-TX), sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing compliance concerns with Title VI-funded Middle East Studies National Resource Centers (NRCs), given that many directors and  more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement After Voting for Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after voting for the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Until now, I have reserved judgment, waiting for all the facts to come out. I've reviewed the evidence and followed the hearings. It's clear the President's actions were a flagrant abuse of constitutional power; it was unlawful, and it jeopardized our national security. The President had every opportunity to present contrary evidence but didn'  more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement on Passage of Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement: * * * - Kind voted NO on fiscally irresponsible funding bill that significantly adds to our national debt * * * Rep. Ron Kind voted against the fiscally irresponsible government spending package, which includes a number of policies unrelated to funding the government, including significantly increased spending and around $500 billion in lost revenue for the Government. The 1,773-page bill was released less tha  more

Rep. Kind Votes, House Passes USMCA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind and the House of Representatives voted to pass the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The agreement passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a largely bipartisan manner. "For months, my colleagues and I worked to get a trade deal that ensures a level playing field for Wisconsin farmers, workers, and families, keeps jobs in the United States, and makes this deal enforceable. I'  more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement in Tribute to Paula Penebaker
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 18, entitled "Tribute to Paula Penebaker": I rise to pay tribute to the career and ongoing legacy of Milwaukee's own Paula Penebaker. Ms. Penebaker, the President & CEO of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Southeast Wisconsin, is retiring on December 31, 2019. Paula enjoyed a successful career in the for-profit sector in the Management Sys  more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on House Committee Passage of U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee voted to pass the U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement: "I am proud to vote in support of the improved United States Mexico-Canada Agreement. Throughout the negotiating process, I remained concerned that, unless we address the lack of basic labor rights in Mexico, American workers would continue to be at a competitive disadvantage. After the House Democrats secured major revision  more

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Need for Revisions to PFIC Insurance Exception for Financial Guaranty Insurance Companies
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, entitled "The Need for Revisions to the PFIC Insurance Exception for Financial Guaranty Insurance Companies": I thank the Speaker and the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for working on an end of year bipartisan tax package and helping Congress get on with the business of legislating. While I wish that our colleagues in the Senate would take up  more

Rep. Pocan Issues Statement House Impeachment Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump: "On January 3rd, 2013, I was sworn into Congress. On that day, I swore an oath--an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all its enemies. Unfortunately, President Trump has made it clear: he doesn't support our Constitution. "In July of 2019, President Trump blocked $400 million in Congressionally-approved aid that Ukraine desperately needed to de  more

Rep. Pocan Issues Statement on Implementing Bill for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House voted on the implementing bill for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "I voted against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Though this new deal is a definitive improvement from NAFTA, I cannot be confident that this trade deal would correct its core flaws that led to the outsourcing of hundreds of thousands of American jobs, as well as serious environmental concerns. "This was not   more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Issues Statement on FY 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House passed the fiscal 2020 appropriations bills: "Our national debt recently passed $23 trillion, and Washington didn't even blink. "These appropriations bills fail to address our spending problem, and I could not in good conscience vote for either. "However, one of the few positive provisions included in them is my bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices - the CREATES   more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Issues Statement on Holding Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement: Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI05) has served as a House manager in more Senate trials than any other member in history, including the 1998-99 impeachment of President Clinton. He offered the following statement in response to Speaker Pelosi's decision to withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate: "The Democrats repeatedly said that President Trump had to be impeached now. 'This can't wait  more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Submits Op-Ed on Impeachment Against President Trumph
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following op-ed on the impeachment against President Trumph, which was provided to the New York Times: As I walked into the House chamber on Wednesday evening, I had flashbacks to a sadly familiar scene. Just a day short of 21 years ago, I had cast my votes to impeach President Bill Clinton and was then selected to serve as a House manager -- a prosecutor -- to argue our case before the Senate. While the Clinton impeach  more

Rep. Steil Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after voting against the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Today, I voted against impeaching President Trump. "From the start, I have been opposed to impeachment. "Although the Senate is now tied up with the impeachment trial, the House should get to work on issues impacting Americans: tackling the rising costs of health care, securing our border, and addressing our national debt."  more

Rep. Steil Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "USMCA is a win for Wisconsin farmers, workers, and families. USMCA is an improved trade deal with Canada and Mexico. "It allows Wisconsin workers to sell our products to our allies. "Throughout my first year in office, I have pushed for USMCA to be brought to the floor. "I am proud to support Wisconsin's agriculture and manufacturing industries." * *  more

Reps. Sensenbrenner, Gallego Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Disabled Veterans Overcome Mobility Challenges
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced legislation that would help disable veterans regain their independence. Rep. Sensenbrenner: "This is a no-brainer. Veterans who sacrifice so much for our country, especially those who must overcome serious injuries, should not have trouble getting the equipment they need to adjust back to civilian life. This legislation sim  more

Sen. Baldwin Gets the Job Done for Wisconsin Farmers in Government Funding Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced two major successes for Wisconsin farmers and agriculture workers in the government funding agreement for Fiscal Year 2020. Baldwin worked to secure $20 million for her Dairy Business Innovation Initiative, as well as $10 million to provide our nation's farmers and agricultural workers with more mental health resources. Both of these investments for Wisconsin farmers   more

Sen. Baldwin Secures Increase in Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, successfully secured $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for Fiscal Year 2020, an increase of $20 million from FY19. The increased investment in GLRI is included in the government funding agreement that will be voted on in Congress this week. "Investments in the Great Lakes are an investment in the future of   more

Sen. Baldwin Working for Wisconsin in National Defense Authorization
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - Baldwin's legislation to strengthen Buy America requirements, support American workers and manufacturers included in NDAA * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for the final version of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 that includes a number of measures that deliver results for Wisconsin. The final version of this defense funding bill now heads to the Presi  more

Sen. Johnson Highlights IG Testimony of Bias at FBI
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: During an appearance on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends' Thursday, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke about the testimony Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz gave to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday. Excerpts of the interview are below and video can be found here (https://youtu.be/sWkh9j6o7To). "When you combine basically the underscoring of the 17 ina  more

Sen. Johnson Issues Statement on Appropriations Deal
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement regarding his votes on a two-bill appropriations deal: "Instead of passing 12 individual appropriations, on time, in an open and transparent legislative process, Congress just passed a massive spending deal 80 days into the new fiscal year. "Whenever Congress spends $1.4 trillion, many good and worthy programs are funded, which is why I voted for the spending bill covering defense and homeland security. But t  more

Sen. Johnson Statement on Bipartisan HSGAC EMP, GMD Legislation in NDAA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: The U.S. electric grid is a critical component to our nation's economy and everyday life. While electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) and significant geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs) are characterized as low probability/high impact events, their physical and economic impacts would be substantial. Until recently, there had not been sufficien  more

Sen. Johnson: Senators Seek Interviews With Former Obama Administration Officials Regarding Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are seeking records from and transcribed staff interviews with five former Obama administration officials: Antony Blinken Former  more

Sen. Peters Issues Statement at Hearing on Office of Inspector General's FISA Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following testimony by Ranking Member Gary C. Peters, R-Wisconsin, at a hearing entitled "DOJ OIG FISA Report: Methodology, Scope, and Findings": Inspectors General play a vital role in conducting oversight, offering independent assessments of how programs are working, and holding agencies accountable when errors are made. The Justice Department Inspector General's Office conducted a thorough, 19-  more

Sens. Johnson, Peters Introduce Domestic Terrorism Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- 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, introduced legislation, the "Terrorism Reporting and Classifying (TRAC) Act of 2019," Thursday to better track domestic terrorism data and require that agencies provide that i  more