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Reps in the News: Dec. 18 – 23

Governor Scott Walker

On Dec. 9, addressing state business leaders at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce “Future Wisconsin” summit, Walker hinted at plans to run for governor again in the future, closing his speech by mentioning this term “and whatever terms I might be blessed to serve thereafter.”

Source: Capital Times

Representative Reid Ribble

In an interview for WISN-TV’s UpFront with Mike Gousha, Ribble said he believes GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s support has plateaued at around 35 percent of Republican voters and predicted other candidates will eclipse the real estate mogul as the field shrinks. Ribble, who has said he won’t back Trump if he’s the GOP nominee, said the businessman has disqualified himself for the presidency through his controversial actions, including calling for a ban on Muslim entry to the United States, insulting Hispanic voters and mocking a disabled reporter. “I don’t think he should be mocking anybody. I think it is unbecoming,” Ribble said on the program, produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. Should Trump succeed in winning his party’s nomination, Ribble said the Republican Party could face widespread defeat. He predicted Trump would lose in the general election, and said the GOP would likely lose control of the U.S. Senate.

Source: WISN-TV

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, applauded the passage of her Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act through committee. The legislation is aimed at boosting efforts to revitalize waterfront communities, including Wisconsin towns and cities along the Great Lakes, rivers and inland lakes. The bill will now move to the full Senate. “From Milwaukee to Superior and from La Crosse to Green Bay, I’m proud to find support for this commonsense legislation to support waterfront communities and I applaud today’s vote by my colleagues to move this bill forward,” said Baldwin. “Waterfronts are a critical asset for our quality of life in Wisconsin, as well as for our long term economic security. In fact, the Great Lakes are directly linked to more than 1.5 million U.S. jobs and $62 billion in annual wages. And Wisconsin’s natural resources support nearly $12 billion dollars of economic activity in the Badger State. Boosting our waterfront communities is not just an environmental goal, it is an economic necessity.” The Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act will support community efforts to make the most of water resources by attracting water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalizing neighborhoods, and enhancing recreation and tourism. In addition, Senator Baldwin’s legislation will support communities to plan for their future and help them attract private and nonprofit investment.

Source: Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent letters to the departments of Homeland Security and State on Dec. 9 requesting documents and information on the K-1 visa program following the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. One of the suspected terrorists, Tashfeen Malik, entered the United States under a “fiancé visa” in July 2014. “The San Bernardino attack has exposed the K-1 visa program as another potential vulnerability to our nation’s security,” Johnson said. “Despite undergoing background checks and reviews by both the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, Tashfeen Malik gained lawful entry into the United States and brought terrorism to our shores. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, I will push for answers from the Homeland Security and State departments to find out how Ms. Malik slipped through the cracks and explore necessary reforms aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the United States via K-1 visas in the future.”

Source: Johnson press release 

President Barack Obama

In this week’s address, the President praised our country’s resilience in the face of terrorism, and discussed how we will keep America safe. Our military has been stepping up its campaign to destroy ISIL, and our airstrikes are hitting ISIL harder than ever before. The President emphasized that we will continue to move forward on all fronts, which is why this week he will go to the Pentagon to review our military campaign, and to the National Counterterrorism center to review our efforts to prevent attacks. And he reminded us that we all have a part to play in the fight against terrorism – potential terrorist attacks have been prevented over the years because someone saw something and said something. Americans should not turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. The President praised Americans across the country who have come together to reaffirm our core values and stand up, forcefully, for freedom of religion.

Source: whitehouse.gov

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