Representative Joel Kitchens
Rep. Kitchens released the following statement regarding the Assembly Republican plan to fund transportation and provide tax relief to Wisconsin Taxpayers: “In light of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo which noted an additional $2 billion over the next biennium, Assembly Republicans have taken the lead on transportation funding. One of my main priorities this session is to find a sustainable funding solution for our state’s transportation fund. Transportation is the backbone of our economy and we need a common-sense conservative approach to ensure its solvency. The ability to provide a sustainable solution for our transportation fund, while at the same time not increasing the burden on taxpayers is vital. Wisconsin taxpayers will see an additional tax cut of at least $300 million, putting money back into their pockets. As the vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, I also will be advocating that additional funds be put toward K-12 education to continue our strong tradition of great schools. I am proud of the leadership our caucus has shown and I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue building on this great first step.”
Source: Kitchens press release
Congressman Mike Gallagher
The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) announced that Congressman Mike Gallagher has been appointed as one of its newest members. HASC oversees and considers legislation pertaining to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States Armed Forces. “The federal government has a sacred duty to keep the country safe, and I will work every day to fulfill that duty while serving on HASC. Wisconsin also has a long history of leading on defense issues. From Les Aspin to the recently passed Mel Laird, Wisconsinites have made vital contributions to our country’s national security and I will work as hard as possible to carry on that legacy,” Rep. Gallagher stated. “I’m eager to get to work on the urgent tasks of modernizing our military, protecting the homeland, taking care of our veterans, and restoring peace through strength.”
Source: Gallagher press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Baldwin joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA) in legislation to require the President to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Donald Trump pledged to withdraw from TPP on “Day One” of his presidency. This legislation would hold Trump accountable to this campaign promise to American workers. “TPP is a bad deal for American workers. Instead of creating an even playing field, this deal increases the global race to the bottom in worker pay. American manufacturing jobs will continue to go abroad as Buy America rules are further eroded. The agreement gives foreign companies the ability to challenge American laws in secret international courts. Negotiated behind closed doors, TPP reflects the desires of multinational corporations, not the Wisconsin workers who will have to live with its consequences,” said Baldwin. “President-elect Trump repeatedly promised to withdraw from TPP, in fact he made a pledge to do it on Friday. He must be held accountable to this pledge and he needs to keep his word to American workers.”
Source: Baldwin press release
Senator Ron Johnson
The Republican-led overhaul of the Affordable Care Act needs help from Democrats to succeed, Sen. Johnson told CNBC. In reality, “It’s way more complex than simply ‘repeal and replace.’ That’s a fun little buzzword, but it’s just not accurate,” he said. Before the legislation was implemented in 2010, it would have been fair game to repeal and replace it since nobody would get hurt, Johnson said. “You didn’t have already the tentacles of Obamacare, you didn’t already have the damage, the destruction, the harm created by Obamacare driving premiums up, distorting health-care markets and health-insurance markets,” Johnson said. Now, Johnson said, the task is much more daunting, and Republicans will need to turn to Democrats for help in fixing the sweeping law, which as of March 2016 provided coverage for roughly 20 million people.
President Donald Trump
President Trump told leaders of the country’s largest automakers Tuesday that he will curtail “unnecessary” environmental regulations and make it easier to build plants in the U.S., changes he expects will shore up the manufacturing jobs he repeatedly promised to voters on the campaign trail. After weeks of taunting the automotive industry over Twitter, Trump made a point to meet with the CEOs of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler just days into his term. He has pressured the companies to build more vehicles in the U.S. and hire more Americans into manufacturing jobs. “We have a very big push on to have auto plants and other plants, many other plants, you’re not being singled out … to have a lot of plants from a lot of different items built in the United States,” Trump told executives Tuesday. “It’s happening. It’s happening, bigly.” But Trump’s efforts to increase U.S. auto manufacturing may require more than changes to environmental regulations or permits, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the industry, labor and economics group at the Center for Automotive Research. Economics still favor building plants and hiring workers in Mexico, where labor is less expensive and there are fewer trade barriers.
Source: The Washington Post