Our Representatives In the News

Gov. Scott Walker

Republican presidential candidate Walker said he believes the children of undocumented immigrants shouldn’t automatically have a right to American citizenship if they’re born in the United States. Asked by MSNBC if birthright citizenship should be ended, the Wisconsin governor replied:  “Yeah, to me it’s about enforcing the laws in this country. And I’ve been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it’s important to send a message that we’re going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here we’re going to enforce the laws.” Ending birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants is part of GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s immigration plan, first outlined Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. On Monday morning, Walker told Fox and Friends that his own immigration plan is “similar” to the plan Trump outlined.

Source:  MSNBC

Representative Reid Ribble

Ribble was named a Lake Michigan Champion of Conservation by the Lake Michigan Stakeholders and Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership for his ongoing work on his Save the Bay initiative to fight the toxic algae blooms that can kill fish and make the waters of Green Bay unsafe for recreational and residential use in the summer.

 “My goal has consistently been to leave our country in better shape for my children and grandchildren, and algae blooms that render the waters of Green Bay unsafe are a concern that cannot be ignored. As someone who grew up fishing, swimming, and boating in our lakes and rivers, I know how important they are to families, tourism and local businesses,” Ribble said. “Unsafe water is a problem for our entire community, and I am proud to be working with area stakeholders to find a solution. I appreciate all the hard work that so many people have put into saving the waters of Green Bay. Ribble

 recently sponsored legislation that would allow local farmers to apply for up to $30 million in grants to help them make changes that would cut down on farm runoff, and is working with stakeholders to develop a broader community-based solution.”

Source:  Ribble press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement in support of the Iran nuclear agreement:  “I’m proud that America led six countries toward a historic international agreement with Iran. I believe we are right to choose a path of international diplomacy to achieve our goal of verifiably preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I have carefully reviewed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), attended numerous classified briefings, heard from experts and constituents, and examined detailed arguments for and against the agreement. I have also been guided by the hard lessons that should be learned when America chooses to engage in military action and war in the Middle East. Simply put, I do not believe that rejecting this agreement is in our national security interest. For that reason the choice is clear, I will support this international agreement because it will best serve America’s national security interests and it is built on verification with a robust inspections and compliance regime that will cut off all of Iran’s potential pathways to a nuclear weapon.”

Source:  Baldwin press release

President Barack Obama

The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates — some wanted in China on charges of corruption — to return home immediately, according to American officials. The American officials said that Chinese law enforcement agents covertly in this country are part of Beijing’s global campaign to hunt down and repatriate Chinese fugitives and, in some cases, recover allegedly ill-gotten gains. The Chinese government has officially named the effort Operation Fox Hunt. The American warning, which was delivered to Chinese officials in recent weeks and demanded a halt to the activities, reflects escalating anger in Washington about intimidation tactics used by the agents. And it comes at a time of growing tension between Washington and Beijing on a number of issues:  from the computer theft of millions of government personnel files that American officials suspect was directed by China, to China’s crackdown on civil liberties, to the devaluation of its currency. Those tensions are expected to complicate the state visit to Washington next month by Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.

Source:  The New York Times