Congressman Mike Gallagher
Congressman Gallagher introduced a bill to impose term limits on members of Congress. This is the first of several reforms that Gallagher pledged to make in his first 100 days of Congress. “I’m holding true to my commitment to bring some Wisconsin common sense to Washington D.C. and change the way business gets done. Imposing term limits is just the first of a number of measures I will introduce in my first 100 days in office to clean up Congress. Congress should not be a career; rather, individuals should serve for a time, doing everything they can to work together to fix problems before returning home to civilian life. Our government should be for the people and by the people, and with that as our guiding principle, term limits are something that both sides of the aisle should be able to agree on and unite behind.” This joint resolution strictly applies to members who took office after the conclusion of the 114th Congress, and grandfathers in members who began their service prior to that time.
Source: Gallagher press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin released this statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Russian troubles: “If America’s top law enforcement official and the Trump Administration are truly committed to law and order, they will understand that this principle starts with them. It is deeply disturbing that Attorney General Sessions was not open and honest with the Senate and the American people about his communications with the Russian government while our American intelligence community and law enforcement were conducting investigations of possible ties between Trump associates and Russia, and Vladimir Putin and the Russian government’s intervention in our election. I also remain very concerned that President Trump refuses to release his tax returns because he has something to hide from the American people. He must release his tax returns, and if he doesn’t, then Congress should use every tool available to reveal whatever secrets he is keeping from the American people. We need a full, independent, impartial, transparent investigation into all the facts.”
Source: Baldwin press release
Senator Ron Johnson
A Milwaukee man who acknowledges calling Sen. Johnson’s office hundreds of times has received a “cease and desist” warning from Johnson’s staff. Earl Good said the letter he recently received from Johnson’s office tells him to communicate only in writing and that he should stop making “unwarranted telephone calls and office visits.” Johnson’s staff warns that they will contact U.S. Capitol police if he fails to comply. Good told WDJT-TV that he’s a Vietnam veteran, a registered Democrat and concerned citizen. He started calling the Republican senator to voice his opinion after President Trump’s inauguration. Good admits he’s persistent and even called 83 times one day until someone picked up. A spokesperson for Johnson responded, saying, “Constituents are always welcome and encouraged to contact our office with their concerns, regardless of political viewpoint. Unfortunately, very infrequently a pattern of inappropriate behavior emerges that crosses the bounds of decency and requires action to ensure the well being of visitors to the office and staff.” That same spokesperson says this is only the second time in two years a letter like this has been sent.
President Donald Trump
Former U.S. intelligence officials continued to dispute President Donald Trump’s explosive allegations that he was subject to wiretapping ordered by his predecessor, saying it never happened. “I can deny it,” James Clapper, the Obama administration’s Director of National Intelligence, said when asked whether he could confirm or deny that a court order allowing for eavesdropping at Trump Tower in New York existed. Joining Clapper in knocking down Trump’s assertions was FBI Director James Comey, who asked Department of Justice officials to issue a statement rejecting Trump’s claims, according to a U.S. official who requested anonymity in order to discuss sensitive issues. The agency has not done so. The New York Times first reported Comey’s request. A former director of the CIA and NSA during the George W. Bush administration, General Michael Hayden, said a president can’t order such wiretapping and that “to set the record straight” the secret court records may need to be provided to Trump in an “unprecedented” move.