Governor Scott Walker
The campaigns of Gov. Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan launched digital ads this week touting the decision by Foxconn Technology Group to build a plant in Wisconsin. The two are gearing up for the 2018 election, although Walker has yet to formally announce that he’s running for a third term.
Walker was the point man in negotiations with Foxconn, while Ryan also helped court the Taiwan-based firm.
“Foxconn’s investment is a once-in-a-century opportunity to transform Wisconsin’s economy, and an example of Gov. Walker delivering results for hard-working Wisconsin families,” Walker campaign manager Joe Fadness said in a statement.
Responding to the Walker ad push, State Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) tweeted: “Is this a good deal for taxpayers or a campaign re-election gimmick? Gov. Walker seems to be blurring the lines.”
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Congressman Mike Gallagher
The House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congressman Gallagher to reduce vulnerabilities to our nation’s electricity supply, foster renewable energy innovation, and improve U.S. national security. The amendment prioritizes the Department of Energy’s research programs that are essential to improving our nation’s low-cost electricity supply and advancing grid security. “As our nation looks to modernize our grid, improve our domestic energy supply, and reduce national security risks, energy storage technologies must become more affordable and reliable. This fiscally responsible amendment ensures that our limited resources are spent on important research initiatives rather than Washington, D.C. bureaucrats,” Rep. Gallagher said. “Through bolstering public-private partnerships that advance innovative energy storage solutions, this amendment will help improve our grid security and make renewable energy more feasible, cost effective and deployable.”
Source: Gallagher press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Baldwin has successfully worked to restore the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. She led the fight against President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate the federal CDBG program, which funds local community development initiatives that support jobs, housing, infrastructure, and public services for millions of Americans. “From touring neighborhood revitalization projects to delivering a Meals-on-Wheels care package, I’ve seen how Community Development Block Grants help people and drive economic development all across Wisconsin,” Baldwin said. “I led the fight in the Senate against President Trump’s proposed elimination of the CDBG program, and I’m proud that we will reverse these cuts in bipartisan legislation that passed committee and is moving forward. Together, we can continue to make differences in the lives of so many families in Wisconsin.”
Trump’s budget proposal would have reduced funding for the CDBG program from $3 billion to zero. In response, Senator Baldwin led a group of 42 Senators in calling to maintain full federal funding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Baldwin successfully restored full federal funding of CDBG in the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. This bipartisan legislation passed the Appropriations Committee and is now moving to the full Senate for a vote.
Source: Baldwin press release
Senator Ron Johnson
Sen. Johnson issued the following statement regarding the July 28 health care vote in the Senate: “I am disappointed not only in the failure to pass legislation to begin to repair the damage done by Obamacare, but also in the dysfunctional process that directly led to this result. Too many people have been harmed to allow tonight’s vote to be the end. In the coming weeks my committee will hold hearings to lay out the realities of our health care system, and I am committed to working with anyone who is serious about addressing these issues. Americans deserve far better than their elected officials have delivered to this point.”
Source: Johnson press release
President Donald Trump
President Trump predicted the U.S. would curb North Korea’s nuclear program, days after the nation conducted its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). “We’ll handle North Korea. We’ll be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. On July 28, North Korea launched its second ballistic missile in less than a month, raising concerns about Pyongyang’s capabilities to strike the U.S. mainland. Experts believe the ICBM could potentially hit the United States’ West Coast. American presidents have long vowed to prevent North Korea from gaining such a weapon. “I am very disappointed in China,” Trump tweeted on July 29. “Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”