So this happened

Mar 2, 2014E-Newsletters

Dear friend,

While you work hard on the home front to provide for your family and support our 7th District community, you have entrusted me to be your voice in Congress. I do not take this task lightly, and this week, as much as any other, I was very honored to do it. From standing-up for our Veterans to protecting your right to privacy, keep reading for a wrap-up of the week that was…

Our Veterans deserve better service from the country they proudly served: Currently, many Veterans seeking assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs are waiting nearly a year for their claim to be addressed and often more than two years for their appeals to be resolved. This is absolutely unacceptable.

This week I hosted a bipartisan roundtable with our Wisconsin delegation and representatives from the VA to find out what exactly is going on within the VA, why these claims are not being processed more quickly and what we can do to resolve this problem. I discussed the issue and the meeting with Fox’s Brian Kilmeade on his radio program. Click on the image to hear an excerpt from our conversation:


A bipartisan vote to protect your privacy: In a strong bipartisan vote of 232-182, on Thursday the House passed my bill, H.R. 3193, the Consumer Financial Freedom and Washington Accountability Act, and sent a strong message to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that is it time to rein in this dangerously powerful and unaccountable agency.

During debate, I argued that this is a bill about accountability and transparency. CFPB Director Richard Cordray claims that in order for the agency to do their job, they must monitor 80% of all credit cards in circulation, or nearly one billion credit cards! One provision in this bill would require the CFPB to first ask the American people's permission before accessing their personal information. This is the right thing to do. This bill will empower Congress and the American people, reform the CFPB and actually make it work. Click on the image to watch my remarks from the House floor:

Now Hiring! The date is set for our spring job fair in Rice Lake. Whether you are a job seeker or a job creator, please consider taking part in our job fair. Click below to register:

On Deck: The President will release his Budget plan this Tuesday. Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter pages for more information as it unfolds.

That’s a wrap-up from this week, until next week, thanks for the continued privilege of being your voice in Congress. 

Have a great week,