The Tiffany Telegram: October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

The border immigration crisis continues to worsen, prices continue to rise, and crime continues to skyrocket. But I wanted to start out this week by sharing some developments related to the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and its aftermath.

Media outlets have reported that at least 700 Afghans have simply walked out of military bases like Fort McCoy without completing the “resettlement” process – something that I warned was happening back in August. As Telegram readers know, thousands of Afghans entered the United States without valid visas through a loophole in immigration law known as “parole.” As a result, federal officials say they lack the authority to detain Afghans on base. This makes no sense – which is why I recently joined several of my colleagues in introducing legislation to crack down on this process, which the White House has habitually abused.

Regarding the continued immigration chaos, we learned this week that more than 1.7 million illegal aliens have crossed our southern border through the end of September – the highest number since 1986. While this is shocking, it is not surprising. The Biden administration’s promises of amnesty, and their return to the failed Obama-era policy of “catch-and-release” are sending a clear message to traffickers, smugglers and migrants around the world: America’s border is wide open. 

But it isn’t just the White House fueling this immigration crisis. It may also be Silicon Valley’s tech giants.

Facebook’s Vice President for State Public Policy, William Castleberry, recently admitted that the company “allow[s] people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled.” That’s alarming, especially when you consider that encouraging, inducing, aiding or abetting illegal aliens to enter the United States is against the law. But that’s not Facebook’s only run-in with immigration law. The company also agreed this week to pay a $4.75 million penalty for illegally reserving lucrative jobs for foreign workers instead of hiring qualified American citizens.

All of this is an unfortunate commentary on the two-tiered society that seems to define daily life in America – and the double-standards that treat well-connected elites and powerful interests one way, and hardworking taxpayers another.

It also highlights the wide divide between Main Street America and Washington, DC.

For example, inflation just hit a 13-year high – with prices surging for everything from bacon and eggs to steak and chicken, squeezing family budgets and small businesses. Yet senior Biden officials continue to dismiss the impact of these price shocks. The White House Chief of Staff endorsed the view that inflation and empty store shelves are a “high class problem,” and Press Secretary Jen Psaki cracked a joke about people having to wait longer for their treadmills. Sadly, they seem to think this is a laughing matter.

We’ve got a lot more to tell you about this week, and once again thank you for subscribing to the Telegram.

Sincerely,

Tom Tiffany
Member of Congress
 


Committee Update
House Judiciary Committee
Silencing Parents

This week I joined my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to pose some important questions to President Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland. Recently the Attorney General penned a memo to the FBI, directing federal agents to coordinate with school districts to address what he called the “imminent threat” of parents criticizing some of the radical dogmas – like Critical Race Theory – which are creeping into school curricula. It seems that what the Biden administration may really be worried about is concerned parents expressing opposition to some of theextreme, anti-American ideology that some officials want to force into our classrooms. Like most Americans, I am deeply concerned that this memorandum will chill and silence the protected speech of concerned parents. To be clear, violence or the threats of violence are unacceptable in any forum – but those instances can and should be handled by local law enforcement—not the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Attorney General Garland assured the American people that he would not politicize the Department of Justice – yet the DOJ seems to be doing so every single day. I will continue to oppose this type of federal overreach and fight to ensure that parents are in the driver’s seat when it comes to their child’s education.

Race-based farm assistance 
I also asked Attorney General Garland about the controversial – and illegal – race-based USDA debt relief program that was enacted as part of the “American Rescue Plan” – and why the Biden administration continues to defend it. Agriculture is a tough business, and every farmer has experienced challenges at one point or another. I am committed to backing policies that support farmers as they seek to overcome these challenges – but it is wrong to base assistance programs on skin color. To extend government aid to some farmers but not others, based solely on race, undermines the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for all Americans. Yet, that is exactly what President Biden and Democrats in Congress are attempting to do with this program. Thankfully, two U.S. District Court Judges, including one from our home state, have blocked the USDA from implementing the program. As Telegram readers know, I introduced legislation with my friend and colleague Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah – the Agriculture Civil Rights and Equality Act or ACRE Act – which would prohibit officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from discriminating or providing preferential treatment to any person on the basis of race.  If we are serious about ending discrimination in theagriculture sector, the first step is for the government to stop doing thediscriminating.

House Natural Resources Committee 
Self-inflicted supply chain crunch 
It’s no secret just how dire the supply chain crisis is, which is why I joined 159 of my colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden about this pressing issue. We asked the President to reassess the partisan policies coming out of the White House that are making this crisis even worse. Higher prices and the sight of empty shelves in shops and grocery stores are becoming more common by the day. Americans deserve real solutions to address these problems, not jokes or dismissive comments (like theones I mentioned earlier) making light of a very serious situation that is affecting millions. You can read our letter here.
 


Recent Legislation
IRS snooping 
After hearing opposition from people across the country, Democrats are scrambling to salvage their plan to direct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to snoop into Americans bank records and financial transactions. Under their most recent proposal, banks, credit unions and other financial companies will be required to report the transactions in any account with annual inflows and outflows totaling more than $10,000 – up from their original $600 threshold. Even at the higher threshold, the policy still sweeps in far too many Americans and represents an unacceptable expansion of government power. As little as $200 of spending a week could trigger the IRS spying on your account activity. Sending your child to college, taking out a loan, purchasing groceries for your family, working a job where you don’t get paid on a W2, or providing financial support to elderly parents could all give the IRS the green light to monitor your financial transactions. This isn’t a plan that will just affect billionaires, as you may have heard. It directly targets the middle class, small businesses, and farmers. Government bureaucrats should not be allowed to troll through Americans financial records. This massive invasion of personal privacy would result in increased banking costs that will be passed down to consumers. That’s why I joined over 200 of my Republican colleagues in writing to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expressing concerns with this dangerous proposal. You can read our letter here.

Time to close campaign finance “family enrichment” loophole 
For too long, lawmakers of both political parties have engaged in theethically dubious practice of effectively pocketing political contributions by “hiring” their spouses and other family members as campaign staffers or vendors. Last year, one incumbent lawmaker made headlines by paying her husband almost $3 million in campaign cash over a single election cycle. More recently, we learned that another powerful lawmaker paid her daughter more than $80,000 in campaign funds in 2021, and some $240,000 in the last election cycle. Regardless of political party, we should all be able to agree that running for political office shouldn’t be part of a family enrichment scheme. That’s why I introduced the Oversight for Members and Relatives Act or “OMAR Act” earlier this year, which would put an end to this practice. You can read more about the bill here.

UN-imposed gun control? 
This week I joined several of my colleagues in writing a letter to President Biden expressing serious concerns about statements that administration officials have made suggesting their openness to joining a United Nations gun control treaty. I am skeptical of any effort to cede American sovereignty to the UN, and I am deeply opposed to any measure that would empower unaccountable international bureaucrats to threaten theconstitutional right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. You can read our letter here


District Update
COVID Update 
This week the average of new cases in Wisconsin continued to decline—dropping another 300 cases down to an average of 1,923 new cases statewide. While the transmission rates are still high, neither the statewide hospitalization nor ICU admission levels have shown any significant change.

Wisconsin is making progress toward achieving herd immunity, which can be reached when enough people have vaccine-induced or natural immunity. The number of vaccinated adults in Wisconsin continues to rise with more than 3 million fully vaccinated. In addition, more than 850,000 have recovered from COVID-19 – acquiring natural immunity as a result. Active immunity is acquired either from natural immunity which means theperson was previously exposed to the disease through infection which triggered the immune system to produce antibodies – or through vaccine-induced immunity which imitates the same antibody producing reaction as a person who had previously been infected to the disease would produce. Recent studies have also shown that pregnant women who have achieved active immunity are giving birth to babies with passive immunity, which occurs when antibodies are inherited by the newborn. When a large portion of the community is immune to a disease, it makes the spreading of it less likely, which protects the entire community including those who are not immune.

Upon further review: Fauci college football Covid claims miss mark 
One element of the pandemic that has so many Americans frustrated is the constantly moving goal posts. Along those lines I wanted to share a recent NBC report – one that threw a flag on Anthony Fauci for his dark warnings about college gamedays becoming the next “super-spreader” event. Well, the mid-season results are in, and it looks a lot like Fauci’s prediction ended up being a fumble. You can watch the segment here.

Drug Take Back Day 
This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. Far too often unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands leading to dangerous and tragic outcomes. Twice a year the Drug Enforcement Agency partners with states to coordinate drug take back days to ensure proper disposal of unused or expired medications. During the statewide Drug Take Back Day people can safely dispose of old pills, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, vials, creams, and pet medications. To find a location near you, click here.

Congratulations on 50 Years, T.A Solberg Company! 
Since 1971, Trig Solberg and his wife, Tula, have owned and operated supermarkets and convenience stores in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. They started with a single store in Land O'Lakes and, today, they run several stores in northern and western Wisconsin. I can attest that Trig is admired by staff, colleagues, and industry peers. Thank you both for your dedication to our communities and commitment to excellence. 
 

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Congratulations, Trig and Tula Solberg!

 


 

Good News from Wisconsin's 7th District

Wall of Honor


Local musical legend Lenore Berg will soon be inducted into theBarron Golden Bears Reaching Their Dreams Wall of HonorCongratulations Lenore! 


60th Anniversary 

Happy anniversary to Beverly and Vern Applekamp of Post Lake who recently celebrated 60 yearsof marriage! 


Hodags Head to Playoffs 

Best of luck to theRhinelander football team as they head to Baraboo for their first game of the playoffs!  


EMS Board of Directors 

River Falls Emergency Medical Services Provider, Katy Frey, was recently named as a representative on theWisconsin EMS Association board of directors. Thank you for your service, Katy!


Fishing Hall of Fame 

Congratulations to Steve Heiting of Minocqua and Tom Keenan of Hatley who were recently named as two of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame’s 2022 class members!