Governor Tony Evers
Gov. Evers made a surprise visit to Appleton Tuesday afternoon to tour the trail of damage left by the weekend’s severe storms. Appleton is among the areas that felt the storms’ wrath, with trees ripped from the ground, snapped power lines and street lights hanging by mere wires.
“I have never seen this many trees down!” said Appleton resident Susan Chandler. “We went through the cemetery the other day, and just huge trees that are just down. The whole neighborhood … everybody has piles and piles of sticks.”
Congressman Mike Gallagher
Rep. Gallagher introduced HR 3805, the Prescription Drug Rebate Reform Act of 2019. This bill would bring transparency to drug pricing and help lower out-of-pocket prescription drug costs by requiring all patients’ coinsurance obligations to be set as a percentage of net price, rather than list price, before or after a deductible is met. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have placed an incredible burden on families in northeast Wisconsin and across the country,” Gallagher said. “At a time when complexities in our health-care system have allowed insurance companies and drug manufacturers to raise the cost of prescription drugs at the patient’s expense, it’s clear that Congress needs to increase transparency and change cost-sharing rules. This legislation takes an important step forward in achieving those goals.”
Source: Gallagher press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
As Wisconsin farmers continue to face enormous challenges from retaliatory tariffs caused by the trade wars, Sen. Baldwin is urging the Trump administration to prioritize investments in dairy innovation and market development so farmers and dairy businesses can build brighter futures.
In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, Baldwin asked the administration to direct at least $60 million in trade aid to the USDA’s Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives, which Baldwin created in the 2018 Farm Bill with the support of a wide range of dairy stakeholders and bipartisan lawmakers.
Baldwin wrote, “As you allocate trade aid in response to the enormous challenges our farmers are facing from retaliatory tariffs, I urge you to include funding for market development that targets innovation in dairy products.”
Wisconsin farmers have been hit hard by Trump’s trade wars with China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union. More than 1,600 dairy farms in Wisconsin have gone out of business since Trump took office.
Source: Baldwin press release
Senator Ron Johnson
Sen. Johnson announced that his staff will be available for mobile office hours Aug. 1, 1-2 pm, at the Sister Bay Fire Station to allow constituents to meet with the senator’s staff to request assistance with federal agencies or other federal matters. Staff-led mobile office hours are closed to the press, and recording devices of any kind are not allowed. According to Johnson’s office, these restrictions are in place for the privacy of constituents.
Source: Johnson press release
President Donald Trump
President Trump on Tuesday renewed his false claim that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally vote in large numbers. Speaking to the conservative youth organization Turning Point USA, Trump said without citing evidence that the immigrants put on different hats and clothes in order to vote multiple times in states such as California.
“You’ve got people voting that shouldn’t be voting,” the president said. “They vote many times. Not just two times, not just three times … It’s a rigged deal.”
Trump has repeatedly made allegations of rampant voter fraud during his two and a half years in the White House, all without providing evidence. He said that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular-vote victory in 2016 against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
In January 2018, the president disbanded a White House commission tasked with looking into those accusations. It found no proof of widespread voter fraud.