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  • Presidential Budget Proposal Concerns
    Posted in Jim's Column on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Sensenbrenner released his weekly column about constituents’ concerns over President Trump’s budget proposal: At nearly every town hall meeting that I’ve held since President Trump released his budget proposal, constituents have raised concerns over various programs and suggested cuts within the proposal. I’d like to speak to this because ultimately, any presidential proposal is little more than a wish list. Congress holds the power of the purse, and when it ... Read more

  • Answering Your Social Media Questions
    Posted in Jim's Column on April 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released his weekly column which answers questions regularly posted on his various social media accounts: I have always placed a high priority on being accessible and accountable to my constituents, which is why I hold more than 100 in-person town hall meetings annually. My staff in Brookfield and Washington, D.C. field many calls each day, and every constituent who would like an individual response to specific questions submitted by phone, ... Read more

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Necessary to Protect Citizens’ Constitutional Rights
    Posted in Jim's Column on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    Forfeiture has been a part of the American justice system for more than 200 years. It has been a tool used by law enforcement – both local and federal – to fight criminal activity, such as drug trafficking. However, over the years, there have been numerous cases of abuse in the forfeiture process, specifically in civil cases. These abuses threaten citizens’ Constitutional rights, put unnecessary burdens on innocent Americans, and weaken our faith in law enforcement. Reform to the current federal... Read more

  • The American Health Care Act is a Positive Step Forward for Health Care
    Posted in Jim's Column on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Through phone calls, emails, and at town hall meetings, constituents have contacted me about America’s health care system. I have heard stories that run the gambit between complete repeal and replace of Obamacare, saving it in its entirety, and everything in between. While I appreciate all the feedback I receive from constituents, I have always been transparent about my desire to repeal and replace Obamacare – a law that was pushed through Congress without a single Republican vote, in the dead o... Read more

  • Answering Your Social Media Questions
    Posted in Jim's Column on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Since I was elected to Congress, I have been accessible to my constituents through a variety of mediums. I hold more than 100 in-person town hall meetings and office hours annually. My Brookfield and Washington, D.C. staff field many calls each day, and every constituent who would like individual responses to specific questions submitted by phone, email, or standard mail receive one in a timely manner. Lively conversations also occur on my social media accounts, which are monitored each day. Que... Read more

  • Protecting the Border and American Taxpayers
    Posted in Jim's Column on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Judiciary, Immigration, Taxes

    The first priority of Congress is to protect the safety and sanctity of the American people and our nation. That means guarding against those who seek to threaten that safety. Border security is imperative to protecting our nation, and we must strengthen our efforts to safeguard where our country is most vulnerable. Protecting our borders from the illegal movement of drugs is crucial part of ensuring the safety of all Americans. Opinions on the best approach to securing our border are varied. Wh... Read more

  • The Importance of Town Hall Meetings
    Posted in Jim's Column on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    I have held regular in-person town hall meetings since I began serving in the House of Representatives. In fact, I host more than 100 public events each year. I’m extremely proud of this, and it’s something I believe is not only important for the sake of democracy, but it’s invaluable to me as I work to best represent the interests of my district. Constituents who attend my town hall meetings hold beliefs that span the ideological spectrum, and I have made it a point to always be easily accessib... Read more

  • Rolling Back Regulations
    Posted in Jim's Column on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Budget, Small Business

    Regulations are important for the protection of Americans’ health, safety, and well-being, but over the last eight years, they have grown beyond those purposes. The Obama administration issued more than 3,000 new regulations at a whopping cost of $875 billion to the American taxpayer. Rather than helping Americans, overregulation has stifled innovation, stalled economic growth, and cost taxpayers billions of dollars in lost income. In fact, in 2015, regulations cost nearly $2 trillion in lost pr... Read more

  • Supporting Business Through Tax Reform
    Posted in Jim's Column on February 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Small Business, Taxes

    All Wisconsin business owners know that tax rates are often a significant factor when making important business decisions, such as whether to invest in new equipment, increase staff, or expand facilities. Most businesses in Wisconsin and the United States, including proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and subchapter S corporations, are organized as pass-through entities, meaning they are not subject to income tax. Rather, owners are directly taxed individually on income, ... Read more

  • Working on Your Behalf
    Posted in Jim's Column on January 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    I regularly hold office hours and host town hall meetings throughout Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. Throughout my career, I have prided myself on being accessible to my constituents. In fact, I hold more than 100 public meetings each year. They give me an opportunity to speak with my constituents directly and hear about any problems they may be facing with the federal government. And public meetings are only one of the many services my office provides. One of the most rewarding aspect... Read more