Reps in the News: Celebrating Wisconsin’s 170 Years of Statehood

Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Walker released the following statement in honor of Wisconsin’s 170th anniversary of statehood. Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th state in the Union on May 29, 1848. “Today is a day to honor the founders and early residents of the State of Wisconsin which became the 30th state in the Union on May 29, 1848. Voters approved the new state constitution in March of 1848 and Wisconsin became a state 170 years ago today. We are proud of our heritage and excited about our future.”

Source:  Walker press release


Congressman Mike Gallagher

Rep. Gallagher announced that he has been selected to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one of the largest committees in Congress. He will also serve on the Highways and Transit; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management subcommittees. In response to his new assignment, Gallagher said, “I’m honored to represent Wisconsin’s 8th District on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, whose work is vital to our success in today’s competitive global economy. From shipping our agricultural and manufacturing products across the globe, to ensuring safe air travel at the Green Bay and Appleton airports, to maintaining our ports and strong maritime commerce, the transportation and infrastructure industries impact nearly every aspect of our local economy.”  

Source:  Gallagher press release


Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced a resolution with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s proposed new restrictions to Title X family planning funds. The Administration announced a domestic gag rule that would prevent care providers from discussing the full range of reproductive services with patients and undermine access to care for millions of women across the country.

Source:  Baldwin press release


Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson this month sent a strong message to the Trump administration on the need for more workers in Wisconsin. Johnson is chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which recently held a hearing to discuss bipartisan calls for more visas for temporary foreign workers. “There’s not one manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, not one dairy farm, not one resort that can hire enough people,” Johnson told Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s Homeland Security secretary, who testified before Johnson’s committee in Washington. “So that really is a pressing need.” Nielsen on Friday issued 15,000 additional H-2B visas, which was the same small increase the Trump administration allowed last year. It isn’t enough, and it won’t meet America’s needs.

Source:  Wisconsin State Journal


President Donald Trump

President Trump again lamented his choice for attorney general, writing on Twitter Wednesday he wishes he’d chosen someone other than Jeff Sessions, who enraged the President when he recused himself from the Russia investigation. It was the latest evidence of Trump’s ongoing preoccupation with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Despite declaring earlier this week he was diverting his attention to more pressing matters, Trump has continued to vent on Twitter about the controversy he’s described as a “witch hunt.” It was Sessions who attracted his ire on Wednesday, a day after The New York Times described an angry meeting in Florida last year when Trump demanded Sessions reverse his decision to step away from Russia-related matters. The newspaper reported Mueller was looking into the episode. Quoting Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, who noted on CBS earlier Wednesday that Trump “could have picked somebody else” for the position, Trump tweeted, “I wish I did!”


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