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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 14 items )  

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Postal Service, Additional Guidance Needed to Assess Effect of Changes to Employee Compensation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on U.S. Postal Service. The report (GAO-20-140) is entitled "Additional Guidance Needed to Assess Effect of Changes to Employee Compensation". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Jan. 17, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated wit  more

Johnson Asks for Review of Visa System From DHS Following Iran Conflict
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- 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 Wednesday to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf to better understand the vulnerabilities our visa system faces from Iran, Hizballah, and other Iranian proxies. Chairman Johnson wr  more

Rep. Gallagher Issues Statement on Effects of PFAS
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, issued the following floor statement: On the House Floor, Rep. Gallagher delivered a speech on the harmful effects of PFAS. "Last week the House passed H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019. This important legislation marks a critical step forward in addressing the public health crisis caused by "forever chemicals" like PFAS. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, certain compounds of PFAS like PFOA and PFOS a  more

Rep. Kind Cosponsors the War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind announced his support for a War Powers Resolution, which would prevent further military escalation with Iran without authorization from Congress. This resolution comes after U.S. forces conducted an airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport last week, targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. The President failed to notify Congre  more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement on Senate Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on Jan. 16 after the Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Today, we cleared another hurdle in getting a trade deal signed into law that ensures a level playing field for Wisconsin farmers, workers, and families, keeps jobs in the United States, and makes this deal enforceable. The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a renewed commitment between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and I look for  more

Rep. Kind Issues Statement on Signing of Trade Deal With China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement on Jan. 15 after President Trump signed the phase one of a trade deal with China: "Today's actions will not erase the burden farmers in Wisconsin and across the country have been forced to carry due to the President's reckless trade war for nearly two years. During those two years, Congress has had little to no input in making sure this agreement was the best deal possible for Wisconsinites. While this deal is we  more

Rep. Kind Votes to Protect Student Loan Borrowers, Taxpayer Dollars
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Rep. Ron Kind voted to overturn Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's rewritten borrower defense rule which gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. In 2016, following the collapse of two major for-profit college chains that consistently defrauded students, President Obama issued the Borrower Defense rule, creating a streamlined process to help defrauded borrowers access rel  more

Rep. Steil Issues Statement Recognizing Heroic Actions of Castro For Rescuing Children
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 13, entitled "In Recognition of the Heroic Actions of Estanislado "Tony" Castro III: I rise today to recognize Tony Castro of Mukwonago, Wisconsin for his heroic actions. While Tony and his wife were driving in Mukwonago on December 26, 2019, Tony noticed that there was an unattended bicycle on the corner. He then immediately noticed two children screami  more

Reps. Steil, Blunt Rochester Announce Future of Work Caucus
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Co-Chairs Bryan Steil (R-WI) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) officially launched the Congressional Future of Work Caucus. "The future of work depends on us working together now. Technology, manufacturing, and jobs are changing. We must be proactive and take advantage of the opportunities ahead of us. Among other issues, we'll examine how to create effective skills programs, promote growth within emerging i  more

Sen. Baldwin Helps Introduce Bipartisan Industries of the Future Bill
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release on Jan. 15: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, helped introduce the bipartisan Industries of the Future Act of 2020. The legislation, introduced with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), would advance U.S. global leadership in artificial intelligence, advanced manufact  more

Sen. Baldwin Joins Colleagues in Demanding Boeing Cancel CEO's Bonus for Ungrounding the 737 MAX
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: * * * - 737 MAX plane crashes killed 346 people, FAA still investigating, emails indicate that Boeing misled regulators and rushed a dangerously flawed plane into the sky * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), are calling on the Boeing Company's Board of Directors to immediately cancel a $7 million bonus payment for its new CEO. The co  more

Sen. Baldwin Votes to Move USMCA Forward
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voted in favor of moving the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) forward. All three committees voted to pass the USMCA on a strong bipartisan basis, clearing the way for a Senate floor vote as soon as Thursday. Baldwin   more

Sen. Baldwin, Democrats Slam FDA E-Cigarette Policy Riddled With Loopholes for Kid-Appealing Flavors
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), joined 29 of her Democratic Senate colleagues, led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), in sending a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn criticizing the FDA's decision to break the Trump administration's promise to clear all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarett  more

Sen. Johnson Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after voting for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Wisconsinites rely on trade agreements that will benefit businesses, ensure collaboration between our trading partners, and promote stable economic growth. The final version of the USMCA will help Wisconsin farmers and manufacturers continue to sell their goods throughout North America. I was pleased to vote for it, and I hope that this is the first of many tr  more