Governor Scott Walker
China and international trade issues have become central to the 2016 presidential campaign, especially given that the country’s economic struggles precipitated Monday’s stock market dive. As he has done with immigration, Walker moved to be the furthest right on China, releasing a statement calling for Obama to cancel Chinese president Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit. “Given China’s massive cyber attacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists, President Obama needs to cancel the state visit,” Walker said in the statement. But up until he emerged as a presidential contender, concerns about Chinese currency manipulation and human rights violations didn’t seem like a top priority for Walker. Throughout his governorship, Walker adopted rhetoric and policies that sought to build bridges and deepen relationships between China and Wisconsin – even though, according to one analysis, the Badger State lost more than 600,000 jobs during his tenure because of the growing Chinese trade deficit and the country’s currency manipulation.
Representative Reid Ribble
Ribble announced a major victory in his push to reform our nation’s failed federal budget process through biennial budgeting. The Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act, H.R. 1610, which he introduced earlier this year, has gained broad support in the House of Representatives with a total of 202 co-sponsors from 49 states and both sides of the aisle. This support includes a majority of the House Budget Committee, a majority of the House Republican Majority, half of the House Rules Committee, and eight House committee chairmen. The bipartisan Senate companion legislation, the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act (S. 150), is led by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and currently has 23 additional cosponsors.
“America is a tremendous economic engine, and our federal budget needs consistency, reliability, and thorough oversight to function efficiently,” Ribble said. “By taking budgeting out of election years and forcing Congress to conduct budget oversight of federal agencies, we give agencies and businesses the stability they need and can finally begin to address the real drivers of our debt. I am proud of the support this sensible reform has received, and will continue to work to rein in our spending and get America’s fiscal house back in order.”
Source: Ribble press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
On Aug. 18, Baldwin joined in a celebration of the completion of the largest recreational and timber land conservation project in Wisconsin history. Protected under a working forest conservation easement, the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest preserves important natural resources, globally significant pine barrens habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities while maintaining sustainable timber operations that support local economies in Northwest Wisconsin. The Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest success is due in large part to funding from the Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – the federal program dedicated to the continued conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks, which is set to expire on Sept. 30.
“The Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest delivers on our shared goals of environmental protection and sustainable economic growth and is an excellent example of why the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is so important for Wisconsin. These investments in the Badger State have served as engines of growth for local economies that face economic challenges that require long-term solutions,” said Senator Baldwin. “That is why I’m proud to cosponsor legislation to permanently reauthorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund – strengthening one of the world’s most successful conservation programs, and ensuring our nation’s long lasting commitment to stewardship.” Senator Baldwin, a champion of conservation efforts in Wisconsin, helped introduce legislation to fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Source: Baldwin press release
Senator Ron Johnson
Earlier this month, the National Journal, a nonpartisan political magazine, ranked Sen. Ron Johnson’s seat the second-most likely in the country to change parties in the coming election. The authors of the ranking cited the evergreen popularity of Democrat Russ Feingold, who’s running for the seat that Johnson took from him in 2010. They added that Johnson erred during the first phase of his term by focusing almost exclusively on issues like President Barack Obama’s health care law. A recent Marquette Law School Poll found Feingold leading Johnson 54 percent to 38 percent. “Wisconsinites still harbor warm feelings for Feingold, and he is undoubtedly a favorite to retake his old seat. Though Republicans say Johnson’s performance as a senator has improved greatly in the last year, the mistakes of his early tenure could still haunt his campaign,” they wrote.
Source: National Journal
President Barack Obama
Vice President Joe Biden received President Barack Obama’s “blessing” to make a 2016 bid for the White House, according to a senior Democrat. But that’s if Biden chooses to run – the decision is his. While he doesn’t need the President’s permission, of course, a potential presidential candidacy was among the topics of their lunch Monday at the White House. The President made clear he would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run, the senior Democrat said.