Reps in the News: Oct. 4

Representative Mike Gallagher Honors McFarlane

Rep. Mike Gallagher honored recently retired Door County Veterans Services Officer Scott McFarlane in the Congressional Record. Gallagher’s office said McFarlane has “provided unparalleled service to not only the veterans community in northeast Wisconsin, but also the Door County community as well.”

Gallagher said he wanted to ensure that McFarlane’s long history of service received noteworthy recognition by entering a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

“As we pause to look back on the impact Col. McFarlane left on those he served, it is without a doubt that his commitment to those he served, his devotion to his fellow veterans and his love for his country left a lasting impression,” Gallagher said. “Upon retiring as CVSO, he will enjoy spending more time with his wife, Cori; his children; and his grandchildren. Col. Scott McFarlane’s service to this country and to his fellow veterans is unparalleled. Madam Speaker, I urge all my colleagues to join me in thanking Col. McFarlane for his service to this great nation and his commitment to supporting countless veterans in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District.”

Source: Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin Presses for Ukraine Investigation 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined colleagues to call on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General to review the DoD’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding appropriated by Congress, which was halted for a significant portion of the year by the director of the Office of Management and Budget, allegedly at the direction of the White House.

“The delay would appear to have hindered the department’s statutory obligation to provide security assistance to Ukraine at a critical moment, and raises serious questions about whether DoD officials were involved in any scheme to target a political opponent,” the senators wrote in a letter to DoD Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine. “As a result, it is imperative that your office pursue a thorough review of DoD’s potential role in these allegations, and provide your findings to the congressional defense committees in a timely manner.”

Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led the letter, and in addition to Baldwin, it was signed by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Source: Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson Calls Ukraine Phone Call “Gracious”

Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he feels sorry for President Donald Trump, and when the president says his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “beautiful,” Johnson believes him.

“I think it was a pretty gracious phone call,” Johnson told WTMJ Radio host Stephen Scaffidi on Monday.

Johnson said Democrats and most members of the media were painting Trump’s phone call to Zelensky with the “worst possible construction.”

An intelligence-community whistleblower complaint has shown that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump and his supporters, including Johnson, argue there was no quid pro quo offered. An impeachment inquiry has been launched.

Source: Wisconsin Public Radio