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.
February 8, 2021 Newsletter
This week Democrats in both chambers moved quickly to give preliminary approval to a $1.9 trillion budget-busting spending package. Even more alarming, the special parliamentary mechanism used to fast-track this expensive bill may also be used to attach a sprawling list of outside-the-mainstream proposals wholly unrelated to pandemic relief – including amnesty for illegal immigrants and a job-killing plan to more than double the minimum wage even as many small businesses are reeling from lockdowns. This process is called “budget reconciliation,” and it allows the majority party to sidestep the filibuster rule to pass budget-related legislation with just 50 votes in the U.S. Senate (rather than the normally required 60). Using this process for non-budget related legislation would be unprecedented, and according to analysts, “would shatter conventional understandings of the budget reconciliation process.” You can read more about that here.
January 29, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week I was appointed to serve on two committees during the 117th Congress. I retained my seat on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over key policy issues related to constitutional questions, crime, terrorism, immigration, anti-trust law, the federal judiciary and civil rights. I also secured a seat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, which oversees federal land agencies like the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service, tackles key issues like forest and wildlife management, mining and energy development on public lands, w
January 26, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week we saw the inauguration of Joe Biden as America’s 46th president, and the end of President Trump’s term. Over the last four years we have seen a lot of big steps taken to move our country forward. President Trump’s policies resulted in the creation of some 7 million new jobs prior to the outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus in Communist China last March. Middle class families saw thousands of dollars in additional income, sweeping tax and regulatory changes that expanded opportunity for small businesses and record low jobless rates – including for women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos. President Trump also delivered relief for millions of Americans struggling under the overbearing restrictions imposed by Obamacare – rescinding the “individual mandate.”
January 21, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week in Washington, we saw an example of what baseball great Yogi Berra called “déjà vu all over again,” as Speaker Pelosi decided to move forward with a partisan effort to “re-impeach” President Trump. The effort was as rushed as it was partisan – with majority Democrats moving the Article of Impeachment straight to the House floor, bypassing the committee process, and with less deliberation or consideration than we usually see applied to the simple re-naming of a post office.
January 12, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, We at The Telegram hope you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying a safe and healthy 2021. Since our last installment, Congress passed a record-breaking spending bill, imposed a partisan new set of rules in the House of Representatives designed to restrict open debate and stifle the voice of the minority party. Congress also completed the electoral certification after debating several objections to slates of electors in states where we saw election irregularities.
December 18, 2020 Newsletter
Dear Friend, We hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy Holiday Season as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and usher in the New Year. Lawmakers remain in Washington, working on an end-of-year funding package that is unfortunately being held up by a special interest push to force working families across the country to fund bailouts of state and local governments who have strangled their tax base with job-killing lockdowns and spent far too much for far too long.
November 6, 2020 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week we saw more encouraging news as the U.S. economy roared back from state and local lockdowns posting an unprecedented 33 percent expansion, the largest quarterly growth figure posted since 1947 when the U.S. began keeping track. This growth is a testament to the work ethic and ingenuity of Americans, and to the sound economic foundation of regulatory reform and low taxes put in place by President Trump. This is the second time that President Trump has led the country through economic difficulty since taking office – despite Speaker Pelosi holding up more than $130 billion in additional Paycheck Protection Program funds that could further assist struggling small businesses.
October 27, 2020 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This week we saw more encouraging economic news as new jobless claims dropped to their lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic and continuing unemployment claims dropped by more than 1 million. This is a testament to the resilience of the American economy which was the strongest in modern history – thanks to landmark tax and regulatory reforms – before the coronavirus pandemic that originated in China fanned out across the globe. It is great to see more Americans getting back to work.