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  • Let's take decisive action on opioid abuse
    Posted in Jim In the News on May 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary, Immigration

    Right now, people need our help. Right now, thousands in Wisconsin and across America are struggling with opioid abuse. And that's why stopping this epidemic is a top priority in the House of Representatives. The scope of the epidemic has expanded dramatically. Between 2004 and 2012, the proportion of deaths related to opioids increased by approximately 38%. About 4.3% of Wisconsin adults reported using heroin or other opioids in 2013, which was a marked increase from a decade earlier. In fact, ... Read more

  • A Republican Crime Proposal That Democrats Should Back
    Posted in Jim In the News on February 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    THESE days, it’s practically unheard-of for those on the left to embrace ideas promoted by the likes of the Koch brothers and the conservative Heritage Foundation. But it would be a shame if partisan distrust kept Democrats from supporting a proposal favored by the right: a measure that would bolster the idea that a criminal conviction should require proof of what lawyers call “mens rea” — literally, a guilty mind. That’s because it can be harnessed to aid some of those who are especially ill tr... Read more

  • House Judiciary passes bill to help prisoners re-enter society
    Posted in Jim In the News on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    Legislation to help prisoners who have completed their sentences successfully return to society advanced in the House on Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee passed the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015 by a voice vote. The bill reauthorizes grant funding for both public and private re-entry programs, including academic and vocational education for offenders in prison, jails and juvenile facilities. “Most of the people currently imprisoned will one day return to society, and it’s in al... Read more

  • Sensenbrenner says Rubio using ‘McCarthyism’ in NSA records collection debate
    Posted in Jim In the News on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Judiciary

    U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner accused Marco Rubio of "McCarthyism" as the GOP hopeful has ramped up criticism of the USA Freedom Act co-authored by the longtime Wisconsin congressman. That includes Rubio's suggestion ISIS would have supported the bill, a comment Sensenbrenner said he resents. "I don't know why Sen. Rubio would object to it," Sensenbrenner told "But saying that I am ISIS's biggest supporter in Washington being the author of the Freedom Act, I think, is McCarthyism ... Read more

  • Sensenbrenner finds himself at odds with Rubio over Patriot Act
    Posted in Jim In the News on December 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security

    More than six months ago, Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner won a broad, bipartisan victory in his push to reform the Patriot Act. Now, he's fending off claims by one of his party's leading presidential candidates that his legislation weakened national security. Sensenbrenner calls those claims by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio "political posturing." At issue: the National Security Agency's mass collection and storage of phone "metadata" — records of whom Americans call and when (not the content ... Read more

  • Privacy is not the problem
    Posted in Jim In the News on December 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security

    In the wake of last month’s monstrous terrorist attacks in Paris and the recent massacre in San Bernardino, national security hawks wasted no time in declaring their verdict of who was truly responsible. The USA FREEDOM Act and encryption are the culprits. They don’t offer evidence to back their statements—instead, they rely on a preconceived narrative of truthiness. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for the restoration of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act "I think we need to restore the metad... Read more

  • Patriot Act author warns EU against dragnet response to terror
    Posted in Jim In the News on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    A lead author of the U.S. Patriot Act has some advice for European officials as they wrestle with the balance between personal liberties and security in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. “The cautionary tale is that democracy depends upon a respect for civil liberties,” Jim Sensenbrenner, the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told POLITICO this week. “In France this goes all the way back to their revolution, which was right after ours and the Declaration of the Rights of Man ... Read more

  • Rein in farm bill spending
    Posted in Jim In the News on November 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    The 2014 farm bill is failing to produce the cost savings promised taxpayers. That’s why Congress should fix the holes in the bill that have let $5.2 billion more than expected flow out in one fiscal year. A proposal sponsored by two Wisconsin congressmen offers a good starting point. Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse and Republican Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls introduced the plan, which would rein in subsidies received by farmers and insurance companies from the farm bill’s $9-billion-a-ye... Read more

  • The Judicial Redress Act is essential to U.S. law enforcement
    Posted in Jim In the News on September 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Judiciary

    America’s international allies are more important than ever, and smart diplomacy is critical to our national security. As we speak, the war in Syria is driving a mass migration across borders into Europe. It is a humanitarian crisis, and there’s little question that virtually all of these people are innocent refugees in search of a better life. But we live in a dangerous world where even a handful of individuals can cause devastating harm. Terrorists like Al Qaeda and ISIS will not hesitate to e... Read more

  • Time To Fix Our Federal Criminal Justice System
    Posted in Jim In the News on July 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    House Speaker John Boehner’s statement last Thursday calling for criminal justice reform was a welcome cap to a week of bipartisan and inter-branch voices calling for reform of our federal prison system. The Speaker is the latest in a long list of conservatives championing an approach to sentencing and corrections policymaking that is not just “tough on crime” but Right on Crime. In just one week, the Speaker announced that he supports criminal justice reform moving forward in the House of Repre... Read more