Reps in the News: Walker Praises Passage of Foxconn Bill by Assembly

Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Walker released the following statement Aug. 17 after the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the Wisconn Valley Special Session legislation on a bipartisan vote of 59-30. “As the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, Foxconn’s $10 billion investment and 13,000 new jobs will be transformational. Today’s vote in the Assembly was the next big step in bringing a high-tech ecosystem to Wisconsin. I thank all the Republicans and Democrats who supported this bill and made the right call. We are ready to take advantage of this historic opportunity for our state and build a long-lasting partnership with Foxconn. We look forward to the bill passing the Senate soon.”

Source:  Walker press release


Congressman Mike Gallagher

Freshman Reps. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican, and Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat, represent the sentiment that the younger members in Congress strive to be more bipartisan. Vice co-chairs of the Congressional Future Caucus, a group of members below the age of 45, Gallagher and Murphy spoke at a panel hosted by the Millennial Action Project. “So much of the legislation that’s being done is about the past as opposed to forward thinking,” Murphy, 37, said. She added that the challenge with older members is on the innovative economy. “So much of what we are facing is about a change that I worry that some of my more mature, seasoned colleagues don’t quite understand in the sense that they have a hard time controlling their phones and having Siri interrupt meetings,” Murphy said. Gallagher, 33, agreed and said, “I’m convinced that the way in which Congress operates is not the best.” He has been an avid supporter of term limits and introduced a bill in March to impose them.


Senator Tammy Baldwin

In the wake of the deadly attack stemming from a far-right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., Sen. Baldwin and a group of 23 other senators are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on questions arising from the Trump Administration’s apparent de-emphasis on protecting Americans from domestic terrorism, especially the Administration’s apparent decision to de-emphasize combating far-right extremism.

The senators, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), questioned DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke about the department’s apparent shift in focus. In the letter, the senators wrote: “The alleged attack that killed one innocent person and injured at least 19 others in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend was seemingly not just an ugly display of racist violence, it was likely also an incident of domestic terrorism. Yet as our nation confronts the problem of growing racial, religious and even political hatred, we are concerned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may not be adequately addressing one of the most significant threats of domestic terrorism.”

The senators noted that the Trump Administration revoked DHS funding to Life After Hate, an organization devoted to the rehabilitation of former neo-Nazis and other extremists. The senators asked DHS to explain its decision, and to clarify reports that Trump transition team aide Katharine Gorka “may have played a role in the decisions about which groups would and would not receive [Countering Violent Extremism] grants.”

Source:  Baldwin press release


President Donald Trump

The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump’s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. More than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year. The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. Agents must protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas.


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