Your Representatives in the News

Governor Scott Walker

The bipartisan National Governors Association met in Milwaukee in the first weekend of August for the first time since 1998. The governors toured Milwaukee, visited Milwaukee attractions such as Miller Park and the Harley-Davidson Museum, and met for discussions about “best practices.”

The governors stressed their concerns over partisanship in the federal government.

“We believe in flexible federalism, strong cooperative relationships, in order to solve problems at both levels,” said Walker.

Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson

Larry Sandler wrote a feature piece for Milwaukee Magazine about Ron Johnson and his transition from businessperson to congressperson.

Sandler writes that Johnson, although only in office for the first time, is a big player in behind-the-scenes budget discussions. He also writes that Johnson may be more bipartisan than he portrays himself with remarks about climate change and the events in Benghazi, Libya.

Source:  Milwaukee Magazine

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin, along with three other congresspersons, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking for more information on the department’s work to re-evaluate blood donation criteria for men who have sex with men.

Men who have sex with men have been banned from donating blood since the rise of AIDS in the 1980s. The American Medical Association opposes the ban.

“Our current policies turn away healthy, willing donors, even when we face serious blood shortages,” the letter said. “Further, the existing lifetime ban continues to perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes against gay and bisexual men, and fosters an atmosphere that promotes discrimination and discourages individuals from seeking HIV testing and treatment services.”

Source:  Baldwin press release

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble

Ribble voted for a bill that would set interest rates on Stafford Loans for undergraduates at 3.9 percent for the upcoming school year and 5.4 percent for graduate students.

The new rates would be tied to financial markets and could increase over time as the economy improves. Interest rates would be capped at 8.25 percent for undergraduates.

Source:  Wisconsin Public Radio

President Barack Obama

Obama received a letter written by 76 U.S. Senators asking Obama to impose tougher sanctions on Iran and its nuclear program.

“Iran needs to understand that the time for diplomacy is nearing its end. We implore you to demand immediate serious moves on Iran’s part,” the letter said. “Our nation must toughen sanctions and reinforce the credibility of our option to use military force…We must be prepared to act, and Iran must see that we are prepared.”

Source:  The Economic Times