It's Been a Busy Month!

June 16, 2020
Newsletter
Friday, June 5, 2020

News from the Seventh District

Dear Friend,

It has been a busy month. After the May 12th special election, I traveled to Washington, D.C. with my family, where I was sworn in on May 19th to represent our community in Congress. I am excited to succeed Sean Duffy in this position and committed to being a strong voice for Wisconsin’s Northwoods in the U.S. House.


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Congressman Tiffany, his family, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) during Tom’s swearing in at the U.S. Capitol.


Last week, I headed to the nation’s capital for legislative business. However, not every member of Congress made the trip. 

Thanks to a rule change that was adopted just before I was sworn in, the U.S. Constitution’s more than 230-year-old requirement that members of Congress be physically present to cast their votes was set aside, despite bipartisan opposition.

Under this sweeping change, individual lawmakers can now “loan” their vote to another member to cast on his or her behalf, allowing a single “designated proxy” member to vote on behalf of as many as 10 other representatives – representatives who are not present to listen to debate, consider discussion of unexpected motions or amendments, or exchange views with other members before a vote.  Under this new rule, just 22 members of the 435-member House of Representatives could wield control of a majority of the chamber’s votes.

I oppose this change. I believe I was elected to represent you – not to outsource the trust you’ve placed in me to someone from another district or another state. I want you to know that I will continue to be physically present to cast my vote and carry out my other official duties as your Congressman. 

Democracy is essential in America, Americans expect Congress to do its work consistent with the Constitution, and I believe that we can do so safely.

When Congress reconvenes later this month, I am hopeful that we can work together to help build on our economic recovery after weeks of state-imposed business closures and restrictions.  Please know that my staff and I are fully committed to assisting you and your family in any way we can during this recovery.

The most up-to-date coronavirus information and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations can be found here.
 
The USDA recently made resources and assistance available to assist agriculture producers, families and help ensure the stability and safety of food supplies. Information about some of these programs can be found here.
 
The USDA is also currently accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through August 28, 2020 to assist farmers and ranchers who have been adversely affected by price instability, supply-chain problems and cost spikes as a result of the pandemic.  You can learn more about how this program applies to soybeans, dairy, corn, livestock and a variety of other agricultural products here, and a useful fact sheet on the program can be viewed here.
 
The Small Business Administration has also been working to provide assistance to employers negatively affected by the public health emergency through the Paycheck Protection Program and disaster loan assistance.
 
Finally, with the U.S. Census underway, remember to make sure that you and your family are counted.  Please be sure to visit 2020census.gov to learn more.

Remember to sign up for my newsletter here, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  As always, you are welcome to visit my website or to contact my offices in Washington, D.C. or Wisconsin, which remain open, if you have any questions or need assistance.
 
Your thoughts and recommendations are always welcome as we work together to get Wisconsin and America back up on her feet again.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Tiffany
Member of Congress