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  • Weekly Column: Rolling Back the EPA’s Overregulation
    Posted in Jim's Column on December 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Our country has seen unprecedented overregulation under the Obama administration. Since his first day in office, President Obama has approved countless new regulations through federal agencies, which have slowed our economic growth, harmed our small businesses, and weakened our ability to compete overseas. One of the worst offenders is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the President’s direction, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and her staff pushed forward oppressive regulations, s... Read more

  • Weekly Column: Bringing Fairness to Music Licensing
    Posted in Jim's Column on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary, Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Sensenbrenner released his weekly column regarding intellectual property rights and fairness in music licensing: Intellectual property rights are critical to our nation’s unsurpassed creativity and cultural development. I’ve long been an advocate for intellectual property rights because individuals deserve to be compensated for their work. However, the process in which artists receive payment has become opaque. This is largely due to performing rights organiz... Read more

  • Weekly Column: With New Opportunity, It’s Time to Deliver
    Posted in Jim's Column on December 1, 2016 | Preview rr

    The American people have waited nearly a decade to see true, positive change in Washington. Now, we have the tools to deliver that change. The start of a new session presents a fresh opportunity and an obligation to take our country in a better direction. Through calls, emails, letters, and social media posts, the American people have made it clear that they want less gridlock, more cooperation, and a government that works for their best interests, not its own. Congress must seize this opportuni... Read more

  • Preserve America’s Promise
    Posted in Jim's Column on July 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary, Environment

    Our Founding Fathers had a vision – one nation comprised of individuals with different ideas, perspectives, and beliefs; fiercely independent but committed to the common goal of independence from government oppression. For nearly two hundred and fifty years, that basic principle has made America the greatest country in the world. In recent years the ideals that define us have been under attack by progressive thought that threatens the foundation our country was built on. Political correctness ha... Read more

  • A Victory for Judicial Redress
    Posted in Jim's Column on February 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    Congress has taken major steps forward this week to continue rebuilding America’s bruised relationships with European allies while keeping lines of communications open between international law enforcement agencies. For many years, the United States and European Union have worked together to secure data protection for their citizens under agreements known as Safe Harbor. However, after the European Court of Justice issued a landmark ruling invalidating the agreement because of privacy concerns, ... Read more

  • Taking Steps to Combat Drug Addiction
    Posted in Jim's Column on January 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    Popular opinion dictates that drug abuse is contained within city limits, but the truth is that addiction doesn’t discriminate by location, age, sex, race, or any other differentiating factor. Drug abuse touches individuals, families, and communities in every corner of our country. Over the past decade, heroin specifically has been devastating lives and wreaking havoc on our communities. Between 2002 and 2013, heroin deaths nearly quadrupled, reaching more than 8,000 people annually by 2013. In ... Read more

  • This Week, Congress Presented a Cure for Obama’s Bad Medicine
    Posted in Jim's Column on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    From the moment the President signed Obamacare into law, my conservative colleagues and I knew that it was going to devastate the American healthcare system, cause quality care to decrease, and produce higher insurance rates for both small business and individuals. Unfortunately, after six years of this disastrous law, our suspicions were proven correct and the future of our healthcare system remains uncertain. However, under the leadership of Speaker Ryan, Congressional conservatives are taking... Read more

  • Renewed Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year
    Posted in Jim's Column on December 31, 2015 | Preview rr

    Each New Year comes with renewed challenges and opportunities. As we say goodbye to 2015, I’m optimistic about the prospects of the coming year and am looking forward to achieving serious legislation that will keep our country safe, reduce the overwhelming burdens on taxpayers and businesses, and restore and uphold the rights of the people. This next year will bring many challenges and legislative initiatives, but here are three of my top priorities for 2016: 1. Protecting progress made to the o... Read more

  • Wisconsin Christmas Traditions
    Posted in Jim's Column on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr

    One of my greatest Christmas delights is the rich tradition this blessed holiday brings each year. My family has been in Wisconsin since 1856, and although I’ve celebrated the season in many places throughout my life, Wisconsin is the only place that truly feels like home. As a child, Christmases were spent at my grandparents’ house. I remember the spirited conversations, the delicious smells, and the simplicity of the celebration. After Cheryl and I married and started our own family, we often ... Read more

  • Straight Talk on National Security and the USA FREEDOM Act
    Posted in Jim's Column on December 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security

    There are many different conversations happening in regard to the nation’s safety and security in light of the recent terror attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. Unfortunately, in a heated political climate and never-ending news cycle, facts are easily lost or misconstrued. But when it comes to our country’s security, it’s critical to get the facts straight. I authored both the PATRIOT and USA FREEDOM Acts, and as the national spotlight shines on the important issue of national security, I want ... Read more