Your Representatives in the News

State Assembly Representative Garey Bies

Bies, who recently announced his retirement from the assembly, was asked if he’d run for secretary of state.

“That’s going to take a lot of thinking to make a decision on that,” Bies said at the time.

Then, in an interview with the Door County Advocate, Bies said the question was a surprise to him and his staff.

“It’s intriguing and a compliment, I guess,” he said. “But that’s a whole ’nother thing to think about. Right now we’re negotiating and trying to solve other problems. I don’t have time to deal with it immediately.”

Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Door County Advocate


State Senator Frank Lasee

Lasee spoke with HTR News about his reaction to Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State address. Here are some of his quotes:

“[Democrats] want to spend money on various government expansions, tax you more, control you more … those are unhealthy things … they don’t seem to like job creation and tax cuts.”

“I think we are headed in the right direction, making reasonable progress.”

“We are protecting our environment, making sensible laws and rules so (businesses) can have confidence, move ahead, create more jobs.”

Source:  HTR News


Governor Scott Walker

Walker declared a state of emergency on Monday, Jan. 27, in response to the state’s propane shortage and cold weather. In a press released, he detailed some of the causes of the propane shortage and what he’s done in response.

Source:  Walker press release


U.S. Representative Reid Ribble

Ribble voted to pass a Farm Bill on Wednesday, Jan. 29 along with a majority of House members (251-166).

“While far from perfect, the 2014 Farm Bill will save taxpayers $23 billion from the previous Farm Bill,” Ribble said in a press release. “The bill eliminates direct payments to farmers who were previously paid regardless of market conditions, and this bill repeals or consolidates nearly 100 additional programs. The Farm Bill also tightens loopholes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program while targeting program benefits to those most in need.”

The long-term Farm Bill is more than a year overdue, and the Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the first week of February.

Sources:  Ribble press release, Chicago Tribune


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin introduced a bill called The Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation (or GREEN Act), which would create a grant program for training programs and facility upgrades at technical colleges. She visited Wisconsin technical colleges to talk about creating green energy jobs, like repairing hybrid-electric cars and developing energy-saving technologies.

“This is really going to help build some of the partnerships that have already been started in this case, but create, I hope, a bunch that don’t yet exist,” Baldwin said.

Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


President Barack Obama

Obama made his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 28. In the speech, he said he wants to make 2014 a “year of action,” and that he’ll use his executive power to accomplish his goals. He also addressed closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, overseas conflict and immigration reform.

He invited guests to attend the address, including Boston Marathon survivors, the fire chief in an Oklahoma town hit by a tornado, a gay athlete and a teacher.

Source:  State of the Union