Reps in the News: Gallagher Questions Mattis on Defense Funding

Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Walker appointed DeShea D. Morrow as Marinette County District Attorney, replacing outgoing District Attorney Allen R. Brey.

“DeShea Morrow is a respected community leader who has devoted her life to family and justice for her community,” said Governor Walker. “Her legal experience, professionalism, and respect amongst the community make her an excellent district attorney for Marinette County.”

Morrow has served as an assistant district attorney in Marinette County since 2009. In this position, Morrow has handled various felony and misdemeanor criminal cases including those involving homicides, domestic violence, and illegal drug use. Morrow also has extensive experience drafting search warrants and document subpoenas to help local law enforcement agencies while working in the Marinette County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to her position as assistant district attorney, Morrow worked as an assistant state public defender litigating felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile delinquency cases.

Morrow earned a juris doctor degree from Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy.

Source:  Walker press release 

Congressman Mike Gallagher

This week at a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing, Rep. Mike Gallagher questioned Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford on the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2018 budget request, priorities, and key issues. In his questioning, Rep. Gallagher expressed concern that the request underfunds the Navy’s shipbuilding counts, including the LCS, and fails to meet the Navy’s stated objective of a 355-ship fleet.

Since taking office in January of this year, Rep. Gallagher has been a vocal proponent of the Littoral Combat Ship program and its value to our national security and local economy in Northeast Wisconsin. Just recently, Rep. Gallagher delivered testimony before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee where he advocated for the inclusion of three littoral combat ships in the FY18 budget.

Source:  Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin joined Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in introducing bipartisan legislation to improve home-based health and mental health services for thousands of America’s most vulnerable youth. The Family-Based Care Services Act increases access to quality care by clarifying Medicaid policy that directly affects children, including foster children, with special behavioral health needs and/or medical disabilities, as well as vulnerable children living with kinship and biological caregivers.

“Our bipartisan legislation will improve health care and mental health services for some of the most vulnerable youths in our country and ensures that effective, community-based options are available to our families who need it most,” Baldwin said. “By strengthening access to supports for families and foster families to care for children’s unique needs, we can help grow strong families and help vulnerable young people find some stability in their home life, often for the very first time.”

“This common sense bill will allow vulnerable children to have better access to high-quality foster care,” said Senator Portman. “By improving health care and mental health services for kids with unique needs, we will provide a sense of stability for these children and better equip foster parents to care for them.”

Therapeutic Family Care, often referred to as “Treatment /Therapeutic Foster Care” or TFC, is the evidence-informed, trauma-informed, and highly effective placement of children and youth with serious medical, psychological, emotional and social needs. In TFC care, foster parents as well as other parents and caregivers are given special training to address the needs of youths with major mental health challenges and children receive intensive in-home services to sustain them in the community.

Source:  Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson said he’s concerned that he hasn’t seen details of a Senate GOP health care bill that reportedly is being drafted behind closed doors and could receive a vote within weeks.

“This is incredibly complex and from my standpoint, I need a whole lot more information before I agree to vote yes on a bill,” Johnson said in a statement.

The comments underscore the unusual secrecy with which Senate Republicans are crafting a health care bill to repeal and replace swaths of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Johnson almost certainly must be one of the 50 votes required to pass a GOP health care bill in the Senate.

Source:  The Capital Times

President Donald Trump

The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Russia this week, unveiling sanctions on more than three dozen additional individuals and organizations that have participated in the country’s incursion in Ukraine.

The Treasury Department made the announcement on June 20, the same day President Trump hosted his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko, at the White House to discuss a peaceful resolution to the conflict with Russia. The sanctions also came as Trump continues to face questions about whether his campaign colluded with Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

The new sanctions underscored the renewed tension in already abysmal relations between Washington and Moscow. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there should be no sanctions relief for Russia until it meets its obligations under the Minsk agreements — the 2015 cease-fire deal between Russia and Ukraine.

Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia are expected to meet for the first time on the sidelines of the G-20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, early next month. Sanctions are one of many potentially thorny issues on the table.

Source:  New York Times

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