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Our Reps: Gov. Walker Ready to Run for Re-election

Congressman Mike Gallagher

Congressman Mike Gallagher took to Twitter Tuesday to urge the House Intelligence Committee to request transcripts from President Donald Trump’s oval office meetings with two high-level Russian officials in which he is reported to have shared highly classified information.

Trump defended his right to share facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety with Russia. Gallagher, who served in intelligence in the United States Marine Corps, wrote: “it’s dangerous to believe that Russia can be a reliable counterterrorism partner.”

“While the POTUS [President of the United States] possesses the authority to disclose classified, even top secret, information, there’s a separate question of whether he should,” Gallagher wrote. “For the purpose of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.”

Source: Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker told Republicans he’s ready to run for re-election next year in a speech to the Wisconsin Republican Party convention Saturday, May 13.

Walker spoke to reporters at the Conservation Congress’ annual meeting in Oshkosh on May 12. There, he touted his record on education, taxes, business development and access to health care in Wisconsin.

“With all of these good things happening in the state it makes a pretty good case for someone to run for re-election,” Walker said.

The governor said he wants to build off of what he sees as his successes.

“Right now, one of the things I’m going to talk about tomorrow at the convention is that I’m ready. I’m ready, and I’m more optimistic about the future of this state than I’ve been at any other point during my tenure as your governor.”

He said he won’t “formally announce” until the state budget is passed, which he says should happen by late June or early July.

In a statement released May 12, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning claimed Walker’s time as governor has led to a shrinking middle class in Wisconsin.

As of right now, there’s only one Democrat committed to running for governor. Recent Stanford University graduate Bob Harlow, 25, said in March he will run for governor in 2018.

Source: Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Senator Ron Johnson

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, said it would be “troubling” if President Donald Trump recorded conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

Speaking with reporters at the annual state Republican convention in the Wisconsin Dells, Johnson wouldn’t say if there should be an investigation into whether the tapes exist.

“I don’t want to keep talking about hypotheticals and other suspicions,” Johnson said. “Let’s wait for the Senate Intelligence Committee to complete their work, and then see if there’s further action required on either my committee or on the part of the United States Senate.”

Johnson is chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee.

Source: Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Senator Tammy Baldwin

As President Trump pushes partisan health care repeal efforts, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led a group of 13 Senators in calling on the President to immediately make clear his position on the future of the cost-sharing reduction payments and to restore certainty in the health care marketplace.

“Your Administration’s determination to undermine the benefits and coverage people have today with this partisan legislation is compounding uncertainty in the insurance market and will increase health insurance costs for consumers. In addition, your continued threats to stop the payments for the cost-sharing reductions provided under the Affordable Care Act – which would immediately raise costs for millions of Americans – further adds to this uncertainty. Taken together, you are breaking the promises you made just last week at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. Let there be no doubt, you cannot keep your promise to lower costs for Americans while you continue to threaten ending the cost-sharing reduction program and work to advance partisan legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” the Senators wrote.

Senator Baldwin has been pushing President Trump to answer whether his Administration will appeal the federal district court’s decision and defend the federal government’s position in House v. Price, as well as whether he will continue making the cost-sharing reduction payments.

Source: Baldwin press release

 

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump released the following proclamation making May 15, 2017, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14 through May 20, 2017, as Police Week.

“During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor the men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the course of serving our communities. Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours.

“Last year, 118 officers died in the line of duty, and of those, 66 were victims of malicious attacks. These attacks increased by nearly 40 percent from 2015. This must end. That is why one of my first actions was to direct the Department of Justice to develop a strategy to better prevent and prosecute crimes of violence against our Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.

“Our liberties depend on the rule of law, and that means supporting the incredible men and women of law enforcement.”

Source: whitehouse.gov

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