Reps in the News: Gallagher Technical Education Bill Passes

Congressman Mike Gallagher

Last week Rep. Gallagher and his colleagues in the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The bipartisan bill seeks to modernize career and technical education opportunities for students so they are better prepared to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. It has now passed both the House and Senate unanimously and will be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law. “Northeast Wisconsin is home to some of the hardest working people in the country. But as technology continues to advance and automation replaces workers, our workforce must have the resources it needs to adapt. As I travel around the 8th District, I routinely hear this concern from local business owners and their employees,” Gallagher said. “The legislation we passed today in the House is critical to ensuring our technical schools can provide students with the training they need for the high-skilled jobs in our local economy. I’m confident that Northeast Wisconsin is prepared to lead the way when it comes to closing the country’s growing skills gap, which is why I urge President Trump to sign this bill into law so our schools can get the resources they need.”

Source:  Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

The final Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released last week by the House-Senate conference committee includes funding for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that Sen. Baldwin fought for in the bipartisan legislation. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Baldwin has long supported the LCS program and has successfully worked for funding to support Made in Wisconsin shipbuilding. “I take great pride in representing Wisconsin’s shipbuilding industry because our workers have helped sustain America’s security for generations, boasting a successful history of building ships for our nation’s defense,” she said. “The LCS program is supported by thousands of skilled workers at the Marinette Marine shipyard and at the 200 suppliers across Wisconsin.” The Senate version of the NDAA funded only one ship and included harmful restrictions on the LCS program. Baldwin led a bipartisan amendment to increase funding for the program and to remove these restrictions, urging her colleagues to support this critical Made in Wisconsin national security effort. The final NDAA fully funds the program, supporting the construction of three LCS, and rejects the Senate attempt to limit the program. Baldwin also helped secure nearly $30 million in the final NDAA for military construction and family housing projects at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy, one of the Army’s premier training facilities.

Source:  Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

The Trump administration announced $12 billion in temporary aid for farmers affected by tariffs brought on during the president’s trade war. Senator Johnson (R-Wisconsin) said Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation he doesn’t want that aid to be implemented. He believes by President Trump calling a truce with the European Commission President, it may prevent that aid from being necessary. “That’s not going to work in any government’s hands. So, you know, my- my hope is that by calling a truce, by moving forward to completing these deals, we never even have to try and implement that 12 billion dollar program because that would be a mess,” Johnson said.


President Donald Trump

President Trump on Wednesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Robert Mueller’s Russia probe immediately, escalating his attacks on the inquiry.

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now,” the president wrote in a post on Twitter. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!” Trump’s tweet came before the trial of ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort entered its second day in federal court in Virginia. Manafort is being tried by Mueller’s team. Sessions, who endorsed Trump’s presidential bid during the 2016 campaign, recused himself from the Russia investigation last March, before Mueller was appointed. The investigation is being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has defended Mueller against critics in Congress.

Source:  CNBC

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