Your Representatives in the News

Governor Scott Walker

Washington Post opinion writer Marc A. Thiessen compared Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, two politicians speculated to run for president in 2016. Thiessen said both have been successful in moderate states, even though they have different styles.

“Christie is moderate in policy, but immoderate in temperament,” he said. “Walker is moderate in temperament, but immoderate in policy.”

Thiessen concluded that Walker is the candidate who can best unite the GOP.

Source:  Washington Post

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble

Ribble is part of No Labels, a group in Congress trying to promote bipartisanship. According to a story in the Boston Globe, the group has made only meager advances in its goals and is one of many groups pushing the same goal.

Ribble is also co-chair of No Labels’ working group, Problem Solvers.

“It’s kind of a new group of folks that are trying to carve some type of reasonable, pragmatic solution-driven thinking around here,” said Ribble, the Wisconsin Republican.

“There’s going to be a time and place for the Problem Solvers to begin to exert more pressure on leadership,” Ribble said. “However, we have to show and document first that we’ve got trust amongst ourselves.’’

Source:  Boston Globe

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin was one of the women senators who stood up to speak out against military sexual assault on Nov. 19. The Pentagon estimates 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted last year.

“The men and women in our armed services serve with courage in defense of our freedom every single day,” Baldwin said. “In my eyes, their service needs to be respected by taking decisive action to address the ongoing crisis; in fact you can call it an epidemic, of sexual assault in the military. We know the system is broken and it’s long past time that we fix it.”

Baldwin cosponsored the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013, currently in congressional committee; the act would give military prosecutors instead of commanders the authority to decide whether felony cases go to trial.

Source:  Portland Press Herald, Baldwin press release

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson was interviewed by conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes on Dec. 2 about the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear bomb. Iran recently agreed to temporarily halt parts of its nuclear program and allow for more international monitoring in order to get some relief from economic sanctions.

“We’ve pretty well passively agreed to them enriching uranium,” Johnson said. “Now, if they just want nuclear power, they don’t have to be able to enrich uranium. They can purchase the uranium for nuclear power from outside sources, which is what the most honorable countries do. But that is not Iran’s goal here and I think we ignore their true aims here at our own peril.”

Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

President Barack Obama

On Monday, Dec. 2, World AIDS Day, Obama announced redirecting $100 million to a National Institutes of Health project to find a cure for HIV. He also announced the U.S. surpassed its goal of supporting access to HIV medication for six million people around the globe.