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Reps in the News: Kitchens Offers Water Bill

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Joel Kitchens co-authored a bill to improve hydrologic restoration. 

“Over the past several years, our state has experienced numerous heavy rainfall events that have disrupted commerce and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to both residential homes and public infrastructure,” he said. “In addition, almost 20 percent of Wisconsin’s waterways are considered impaired with one or more pollutants.”

Kitchens said the bill would encourage hydrologic rehabilitation in Wisconsin by requiring the Department of Natural Resources to distribute permits that authorize wetland, stream and floodplain restoration.

Source: Kitchens e-newsletter

Senator André Jacque

Sen. André Jacque released the following statement after being named the Wisconsin District Attorneys’ Association Legislator of the Year:

“I have worked closely with prosecutors and law enforcement on many issues throughout my time in the legislature. I was truly honored to receive the Wisconsin District Attorneys’ Association’s Legislator of the Year Award for my work to improve our state’s criminal-justice system. I am proud to continue my work to close loopholes, provide resources to ensure public safety, protect victims’ rights and improve our entire court system.”

Source: Jacque e-newsletter

Representative Mike Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of rushing the process.

“What we are seeing here is unprecedented: It’s the first time articles of impeachment have failed to make any criminal accusation, and it’s the first time a president has been impeached without bipartisan support.”

No republicans voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment. When Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, it was by a largely partisan vote, with only five Democrats voting for impeachment. 

Source: Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped to secure $25 million in the fiscal-year 2020 government funding agreement for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to study gun-violence prevention.

This is the first time in more than 20 years that Congress has appropriated federal funding for gun-violence research. In last year’s funding bill, Congress adopted language clarifying that a longstanding measure that bars the use of federal dollars to advocate or promote gun control, known as the Dickey Amendment, does not prevent those funds from supporting research into the causes of gun violence.

“I believe that Congress has a moral responsibility to confront gun violence like the public health crisis it is,” Baldwin said. 

Source: Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

During an appearance on Fox News’ Fox and Friends, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson spoke about the testimony that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz gave to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“When you combine basically the underscoring of the 17 inaccuracies and omissions, how serious that was, combined with the stunning rebuke by the presiding judge of the FISA court – Steve, one mistake or omission, that’s a mistake. Two, maybe it’s a coincidence. Three, you are starting to develop a pattern. Seventeen? It’s a legitimate question: Is that a plot? And we still don’t have the answers to that.”

Source: Johnson press release