June 1st newsletter

Jun 1, 2011E-Newsletters

Thanks for subscribing to my e-newsletter. I hope to send these out regularly to update you on what I’m doing in Wisconsin and in Washington.  While this is my first e-newsletter, it is a continuation of the conversation that I’ve been having with so many of you already, particularly those constituents that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at one of the 73 events I’ve held in the district thus far.  In addition to a busy schedule back home in Wisconsin, it has also been a busy few months in Washington. Serving in Congress is a job unlike any I have had before, and it is a tremendous honor. I never forget that work for you, my constituents, and I will fight every day to make sure that we leave a stronger, safer, and more prosperous America than the one we inherited.

As long as our federal government continues to run up our nation's credit card, it makes it impossible for the private sector to grow and create jobs. That's why I've been a strong advocate for cutting up the credit card and making Washington, D.C. live by the same rules as everyone else: you can't spend money you don't have. And that's also why I voted AGAINST raising our nation's debt ceiling without significant refom to how Washington spends your money. The Administration came to Congress, asking for a blank check to keep on spending trillions of your hard-earned tax dollars and I was proud to join my colleagues in saying NO. The bottom line is: just like an addict needs rehab, Washington needs reform.

You may not know, but for those who live in Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District, there are a wide range of services and assistance that my office can provide, including:

  • Help with a Federal Agency: If you’re having trouble with an agency of the federal government from the Social Security Administration, or the VA to the IRS – I can help and advocate on your behalf.
  • Military Academy Nominations: If you’re a high school student or know one that wants to be nominated to one of our nation’s service academies, contact my office to go through the application process.
  • Tours and Tickets: If you’re visiting our nation’s capital, make sure to reach out to my office to get a tour of the Capitol and other national attractions. We can help make your trip to Washington a fun and informative one.
  • Flags: You can purchase an American flag through my office and you may also request that your flag be flown over the U.S. Capitol. Flags can be flown for a specific person or event on a specific date.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. We are here to serve you.

I want to take a minute to update you on what I’ve been working on in Washington, but first I want to set the stage for where we are as a nation.

Today, the federal government – your government – has a $14 trillion debt. That’s $45,000 for every man, woman and child in this country. In other words, every newborn American citizen is saddled with $45,000 in debt on the day they are born. The government has borrowed over $1 trillion every year for the last three years. We spend more on interest on the national debt than we spend on nearly any federal department. We are on an unsustainable fiscal path that looks like the same path that Greece took on their way to economic ruin. We need to get off this path and stop spending money we don’t have so we don’t send the bill to our children and grandchildren.

In light of this looming debt crisis, I’ve voted for the House budget that takes our problems seriously and offers a real solution. The House budget reduces government spending, empowers the private sector to create jobs and puts our nation back on the path to prosperity, while keeping our promises to our seniors. Here are some details on the budget:

  • It makes government more efficient: It cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over 10 years, providing for the common defense while streamlining federal agencies and getting rid of wasteful, duplicative spending. (WATCH my floor speech about how trillion dollar deficits every year moving forward is unsustainable)
  • It ends corporate welfare and makes America more competitive: It ends taxpayer-funded bailouts of failed Wall Street banks, reforms the tax code to end loopholes that allow big corporations and the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and it lowers the top tax rate to 25 percent, improving incentives for job creators to work, invest and innovate right here in America. (WATCH my floor speech on why we need tax reform)
  • It keeps our promises to seniors and strengthens the social safety net: It secures the current Medicare system for those 55 and older by reforming it for future generations and repairs a broken Medicaid system.

More information on the budget can be found HERE. My column on facing this critical challenge of our time can be found HERE.

I’ve also been working to create and protect Wisconsin jobs by making sure that government mandates and regulations don’t suffocate our slow economic recovery. Policies coming from Washington are making it more and more difficult for small businesses – the engine of our economy – to grow, invest and create sustainable jobs.

  • Government borrowing and spending trillions of dollars doesn’t create jobs – the private sector does. That’s why my first bill was to rescind all unobligated “stimulus” funds and send them back to the Treasury. The so-called “stimulus” was supposed to create jobs and keep unemployment from going up, but it’s obvious today that it has been a complete failure and has only made the choices we’re making today tougher.
  • In Central and Northern Wisconsin, the paper and pulp industry provides great jobs in our local economy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attempted to mandate boiler MACT regulations that would’ve crippled this vital industry and killed Wisconsin jobs. That’s why I stood up to the EPA and told them that their unattainable standards would cost millions of dollars at a time when our businesses are struggling to stay alive and would send good jobs to China. I was glad to see them back off and decide to indefinitely hold off on enforcing these job-killing regulations.
  • As I write this, we’re dealing with some of the highest gas prices our state has ever seen, and it’s clear that we need a different energy policy. President Obama’s energy policy seems to be “drill in Brazil” and continue to rely on more foreign sources of energy. As I wrote in my last column, what we need is an “all-of-the-above” energy plan, that includes drilling offshore in our own country – a plan that could create 1.2 million jobs. Click HERE to read my column about how we can increase American-made energy, lower gas prices and put Americans back to work.

It is truly an honor to serve the good people of Central and Northern Wisconsin in the House of Representatives. I promised to bring Wisconsin common sense to Washington and to be accessible to my constituents.  I’ve made it a priority to host town halls and “Coffee with your Congressman” events, tour businesses and meet with local officials – because I need to hear from you. In the coming months, I will continue to travel throughout Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District to make myself available to my constituents. I look forward to continuing this fact-based conversation with all of you.

If there’s anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sean P. Duffy
Member of Congress
Seventh District, Wisconsin