April 23, 2021 Newsletter
Last week we told you about the House majority’s effort to pack the Supreme Court. This week, they are looking to “pack” the U.S. Senate – by unconstitutionally adding the District of Columbia as the nation’s 51st State. Like the “court packing” proposal we told you about last week, Speaker Pelosi’s “Senate packing” scheme is another partisan power play – this one driven by a desire to add two new U.S. Senators. Not only is this a bad idea, it runs afoul of the Constitution, which would have to be amended to allow D.C.’s admission as a state. I strongly opposed this unconstitutional power grab in the last Congress and voted against it this week, too.
April 16, 2021 Newsletter
I wanted to start off this week by letting those of you who haven’t heard that the IRS has pushed back the deadline for individuals to file their taxes. You can read about the change to see how it might affect you, and remember, you can always contact my district office if you have questions. This week the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives reconvened for legislative activity, and as they have in recent months, they picked up right where they left off before the Easter Holiday, promoting more bad ideas. As Telegram readers know, I am a member of the House Judiciary Committee. And two of the most extreme ideas – packing the U.S. Supreme Court and promoting “reparations” for slavery – fall directly under the panel’s jurisdiction.
April 9, 2021 Newsletter
We hope you had a joyful Easter holiday with your friends and family. This week I traveled to Texas as part of a congressional fact-finding mission to get a first-hand look at the chaotic situation that is spiraling out of control on America’s southern border. Like many of you, I have been following disturbing news reports about the growing illegal immigration crisis that began almost immediately after President Biden was sworn in, and I can tell you that things are even worse than we’ve been told.
March 26, 2021 Newsletter
Democrats continued their push to impose far reaching gun control bills this week after a man reportedly gunned down several people in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, several high-profile progressives made false and inflammatory claims about the alleged assailant’s background and sought to politicize the tragedy. Former President Obama and his wife described those of us standing up for the Second Amendment as “cowardly,” and President Biden demanded a ban on semi-automatic rifles. What they didn’t tell you is that many of the gun control measures some Democrats in Washington, DC are demanding – including so-called “universal” background checks, “red flag” laws, a ban on so-called “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” – are already on the books in the community where this shooting occurred, and they did absolutely nothing to prevent it.
March 19, 2021 Newsletter
Speaker Pelosi’s playbook for running the House of Representatives is beginning to look a lot like the classic movie Groundhog Day – another week, another package of controversial, outside-the-mainstream bills fast-tracked through Congress without committee hearings, no opportunity for Republicans to offer amendments, and rubber-stamped by a partisan majority.
March 12, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continued to push a partisan agenda, forcing votes on a series of controversial, outside-the-mainstream legislative proposals that will dig America trillions deeper into debt and target the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
March 8, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, These last couple of weeks in Washington have been a whirlwind of activity, most of it bad for American families, businesses and taxpayers. Last week we told you about the massive spending bill Democrats approved on a largely party-line vote. That budget-busting, $1.9 trillion package was fast-tracked through the House with little debate, and under strict procedures that did not allow for consideration of any Republican amendments – including one I filed to try and re-instate the Keystone XL Pipeline. Just 9 percent of this bloated Washington goodie-bag was set aside for pandemic related health care needs – yet it contained hundreds of billions of dollars to bailout big spending states like Illinois, more than a billion dollars for Amtrak, millions more for museums and taxpayer subsidized art – and even earmarks for a bridge in New York and a subway tunnel in San Francisco. It also contained a number of policy riders that have nothing to do with COVID, such as a massive minimum wage hike that will hammer employers already struggling under the weight of government lockdowns. I am opposed to this legislation and shared my concerns in a letter to our Senators this week now that the ball is in their court. You can read that letter here.
March 2, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week, the House of Representatives reconvened to consider several far-reaching bills that unfortunately continue to undermine America’s economic well-being, erode many of our fundamental rights and institutions, and once again the interests of federal bureaucrats ahead of the working families across the country that pay their salaries.
February 19, 2021 Newsletter
The House of Representatives did not convene for legislative activity this week, so I spent time holding several well-attended listening sessions across the district to hear what folks had to say. More on that later. I also received my subcommittee assignments on the House Natural Resources and Judiciary Committees, specialized panels that focus on specific areas of public policy within the larger framework of the full committees.
February 19, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week Wisconsin hit a major milestone in the battle against COVID-19 with more than 800,000 residents vaccinated. In addition, Wisconsin moved into the top spot in the country for the number of vaccines being administered on a daily basis.