The heat is on!
We are finally to the stretch of the year that Wisconsinites daydream about all winter. School is out, the grills are fired up, pools are open and the summer heat is on!
The heat is on in Washington too – and I’m not just talking about the weather. From Floor battles over spending bills to continuing our efforts to promote job growth legislation and staying on top of the scandals surrounding Benghazi, the IRS and now the NSA, our office phones have been ringing off the hook with calls from constituents who tell us not to let up on these important issues! So, grab your sunblock and prepare to embrace the heat: here’s a quick wrap-up of the week that was:
“Now Hiring”: This coming week I will introduce a bill that will make it easier for our small businesses to put the “Now Hiring” sign in the window! The bill will introduce a pilot program that will allow small businesses to obtain more liquidity in the market and give them much needed access to capital and give the American people much needed job opportunities. To keep an eye on the bill’s progress, make sure you are following me on Facebook and Twitter.
Your privacy is our priority: According to a Fox News poll released this week, “Sixty-two percent of voters say the government secretly collecting the phone records of millions of Americans is an “unacceptable and alarming invasion of privacy rights.” Despite the President’s initial comments that all Members of Congress knew about this program, I did not.
I believe very seriously that the NSA’s practices are most definitely an invasion of our civil liberties, but this latest controversy is even more serious because of the IRS scandal. The American people need to be able to trust that government is doing what they say they are doing with our personal information. The IRS’ targeting of innocent Americans has broken that trust. We must put an end to Washington’s culture of cover-up and corruption and hold those responsible accountable.
You just never know…: It was a fairly typical day for these two young constituents from Marshfield. John and Aly Sebold took a tour of the U.S. Capitol with their parents and grandparents then they helped me vote on the House floor...click on the image to watch what happened next!
If you or your family are planning a trip to our nation’s Capitol, go to our website and let us help you set-up a tour of the U.S. Capitol building...you never know whom you might meet.
Thank you as always for the honor of representing you in Congress. Please continue to share your thoughts about the issues that mean the most to you. Finally, to the Father’s among you, Happy Father’s Day – I hope it’s been a good one!