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Representative Joel Kitchens

Kitchens and Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) have authored a bill that prohibits the Department of Workforce Development from requiring a social security number (SSN) to search for jobs on the Job Center of Wisconsin website (JCW). “Other surrounding states do not require a SSN to use their state job search websites. Wisconsin should be on a level playing field with our Midwestern neighbors when it comes to competing for job seekers,” said Rep. Kitchens. The bill is currently circulating for co-sponsorship in the legislature, and has already received strong bipartisan support. The authors are looking forward to debating the bill in the committee process and hope the bill will be voted on during the fall floor period.

Source:  Kitchens press release

Governor Scott Walker

Walker tweeted Monday morning that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president, just hours ahead of his in-person announcement. “I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them,” Walker signed the message with his initials “SW,” indicating it was written by him and not his staff. Walker also put out a video Monday morning, outlining his political history and why he thinks he would be the best candidate to be president.

“America needs new fresh leadership and big bold ideas from outside of Washington to actually get things done. In Wisconsin we didn’t nibble around the edges, we enacted big bold reforms, took power out of the hands of big government special interests and gave it to the hardworking taxpayers,” Walker said in the video.

Source:  Various news reports

Representative Reid Ribble

Ribble released the following statement after the announcement of a nuclear deal reached between the P5+1 countries and a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the details of the agreement:

“From the beginning, I have said that I could not support any deal that I did not believe made Americans safer. This includes a termination – not a slowdown or pause – of Iran’s nuclear program. It includes truly open access – not “managed access” – for inspectors to verify that Iran isn’t cheating on even these lax requirements. It includes the closing of Iran’s most heavily fortified underground nuclear facility at Fordow, and drastically reducing both their uranium stockpile and spinning centrifuges in a verifiable way. Additionally, it is ludicrous to give aid and comfort to a regime that is wrongfully jailing U.S. citizens.

Unfortunately, this is not the deal that has emerged based on details we have seen so far. Even worse, the deal gives Iran relief from an international arms embargo, something that was not even on the table when talks began in 2013. The economic sanctions that we and other nations had in place against Iran were working. They brought a nation where ‘Death to America’ is still a common refrain to our negotiating table, and forced them to have an internal debate on which they wanted more – economic viability or nuclear weapons. I’m concerned that the proposed deal would give them both.” Ribble has been a leader calling for a deal only if it will enhance the safety of our nation.

Source:  Ribble press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage, or RAISE, Family Caregivers Act. This legislation, endorsed by the AARP, would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a National Family Caregiving Project to develop and sustain a national strategy to support family caregivers.

At present, there are 43 million family caregivers in the United States, who, in 2009, provided an estimated $450 billion in uncompensated long-term care. This is an increase from $375 billion just two years earlier, and more than double the value of all paid long-term care. In addition, Americans 85 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. This population is most at risk of multiple and interacting health problems that can lead to disability and the need for round-the-clock care.

“Family caregivers are integral to our long-term care system and our economy, but are too often overlooked as part of the care team for seniors and those with disabilities. If we are serious about ensuring that our older adults and loved ones with disabilities receive the highest quality care in their own homes, we must formally recognize and support family caregivers,” said Baldwin. “This is why I am proud to introduce the bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act to create a national strategy and plan to assist family caregivers. This effort is especially personal to me as I was raised by my maternal grandparents and later served as my grandmother’s primary caretaker as she grew older, and I will continue to work to ensure that everyone has access to the care and assistance they need and deserve.”

Source:  Baldwin press release

President Barack Obama

Upon news from NASA that the New Horizons spacecraft accomplished the first-ever fly-by of Pluto, Obama tweeted:  “Pluto just had its first visitor! Thanks @NASA – it’s a great day for discovery and American leadership.”

The New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 8 pm CDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world about its Pluto fly-by.

“I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “This is a historic win for science and for exploration. We’ve truly, once again, raised the bar of human potential.”

Pluto is the first Kuiper Belt object visited by a mission from Earth. New Horizons will continue on its adventure deeper into the Kuiper Belt, where thousands of objects hold frozen clues as to how the solar system formed.

Source:  Twitter and NASA