Who knew what Lew knew?
Americans are fuming mad. I hear you, and as you’ll see in my exchange with Treasury Secretary Lew (linked below), I join you in that frustration. Our Founding Fathers gave Congress just two jobs: legislate and conduct oversight.
When our government isn’t holding up the standards that our Founders set, it must be held accountable. Whether it’s the AP, Benghazi or the IRS, the American people deserve to know the truth behind the scandals that have erupted out of Washington. Keep reading for more on the week that was:
What Lew knew? Instead of going above and beyond to calm the nerves of the American people, and convince us that they are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of this scandal, the President and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew – who is also the President’s former Chief of Staff -- continue to dance around the question. I am not convinced that the Secretary's first knowledge of this scandal came from a government report and I was incredibly disappointed that he did not take advantage of his time before the Financial Services Committee to clarify the record for the American people. To watch our heated exchange from this week’s hearing, click here.
#TimeToBuild: The President has held the Keystone XL Pipeline permit hostage for more than 1,700 days. This week, I voted in favor of H.R. 3, which eliminates the need for a Presidential permit. The Keystone XL pipeline would give us access to 800,000 barrels of oil a day and provide 20,000 direct jobs and more than 100,000 indirect jobs. This pipeline is vital to growing our economy and moving our country towards energy independence.
Never forget: My family and I feel fortunate to spend our Memorial Day weekend paying our respects to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may all enjoy the benefits of freedom. Specifically, it was great to see so many familiar faces at the Wausau Memorial Day parade. How are you remembering our fallen service members this weekend? Leave your comments on the Memorial Day post on my Facebook page.
On Deck: This coming Tuesday I will take part in the long-awaited, and much anticipated, ground breaking ceremony for the St. Croix River bridge. This project has been in the works for over fifty years. It is a great example of what we can accomplish when all sides: Wisconsinites and Minnesotans, Republicans and Democrats – Vikings fans and Packers fans – come together to better our community.
Thank you for the honor and privilege to represent you in Congress. Thank you to all of our men and women who are fighting to protect our representative democracy – and to the families that support them. My family and I wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday weekend.