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While the situation surrounding coronavirus is evolving, I want to provide an update on my office.

My offices in both Washington, DC and Brookfield, WI are open. Based on recommendations from the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Attending Physician, we have cut our staffing levels and asked staff to work from home. In addition, the Sergeant-at-Arms has closed the Capitol building, and access to the House Office Buildings is limited. However, we will continue to address all constituent concerns and will answer your phone calls and emails. While we have postponed all in-office meetings, my staff is available to assist with urgent matters that might arise. Those who have questions, concerns or require assistance with a federal agency or program, are asked to call my District Office at 262-784-1111.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unusual waters.

Constituents looking for more information on the coronavirus should consider these sources for more information:

State Department Travel Information

             - If you are are in the United States or Canada: 1-888-407-4747
             - From Overseas: +1 202-501-4444

Resources for Affected Workers and Small Businesses

Treasury: COVID-19 SCAMS

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Please contact the FBI at so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

County Health Departments 

Prevention Methods

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


Q: What is a novel coronavirus? 
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Q: How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
Q: Should I cancel or postpone my travel?
A: CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here. The State Department also provides travel-related recommendations.
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The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

In Wisconsin in 2016, over 1000 people lost their lives to opioid overdoses. In fact, this epidemic has overtaken auto crash fatalities as the number one killer in the nation. As a Member of Congress, I have a duty to press hard to find solutions – quickly – before more lose their families and their lives. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, I've made fighting for solutions a top priority. There are things we can do to provide help for communities that are hit hard by the problem and things we can do to put up barriers and curb the availability for addicts to get ahold of the drugs.

In 2015, I was the primary sponsor of the House version of the landmark Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. This Congress, I introduced the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act. I've been fortunate to team up with 5th District constituents who know this crisis firsthand. They have been invaluable in providing input as we work for real solutions. Pictured with me below are Dr. Tim Westlake, an emergency medical physician, and Lauri Badura, a mother who lost her son to the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Timothy Westlake, Jim, and Lauri Badura

SOFA Background

Fentanyl is currently classified as a Schedule II controlled substance used to treat cancer patients. However, it is dangerous and can be lethal outside of the careful supervision of a doctor. Fentanyl abuse is one of the leading contributors to the opioid epidemic.

A new chemical compound, known as an analogue, is created by modifying one small piece of the chemical structure of fentanyl. These compounds fall into a legal loophole and contribute to the alarming rate of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. In fact, data from the Center for Disease Control (see below) indicates that synthetic opioids, which includes fentanyl and its analogues, are the leading cause of drug overdoses.

Analogue producers are likely to continue developing new variations, and law enforcement agencies must have the tools to adapt to these changes. Under current law, DEA scheduling practices are reactive in nature. Typically, fentanyl analogues are only scheduled after they have resulted in deaths across multiples states.

That's why I've introduced the SOFA Act, which will save lives by fighting the spread of fentanyl analogues. The SOFA Act closes the legal loophole by adding nineteen known fentanyl analogues to the Schedule I list. It also gives the DEA the authority to immediately schedule new fentanyl analogues as they are discovered, making enforcement and scheduling procedures more proactive.

The bill shares the acronym of an organization started by Oconomowoc, WI resident Lauri Badura, who lost her son Archie to an overdose in 2014. Shortly after, she founded the faith-based non-profit Saving Others for Archie, Inc. to raise awareness and fight the opioid epidemic.

Earlier this year, Lauri attended President Trump’s first State of the Union address as the guest of Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who has introduced the Senate Version of SOFA.

The full text of H.R. 4922, the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act is available here.

SOFA in the News

Attorneys general urge 'swift passage' of Ron Johnson, Jim Sensenbrenner opioid measure spurred by Oconomowoc family

90 deaths to date: AG Schimel joins 52 others, submitting letter to Congress to close fentanyl loophole

California Attorney General Joins Coalition Urging Quick Passage of Bill to Stop Opioid Crisis

Attorneys General from Every State Push for Congressional Action to Beef Up Fentanyl Enforcement

Attorneys general urge 'swift passage' of Wisconsin-led fentanyl bill

W.Va. Attorney General supports Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act

AG Becerra Joins Coalition of 52 Attorneys General Supporting the SOFA Act to Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

Movement from disparate branches and sides of the aisle on opiate epidemic

Beshear Calls On Congress to Close Fentanyl Loophole

Wisconsin at the forefront of stopping illegal importing of opioids

Jackley Joins Bipartisan Group of AGs in Support of SOFA Act

Kentucky AG, others ask Congress to pass fentanyl bill

52 attorneys general urge congress to close loophole in federal drug laws

Iowa Attorney General urges Congress to close deadly loophole

Attorney General Steve Marshall to Congress: ‘close deadly fentanyl loophole’ now

One bill that will stop the spread of deadly fentanyl

Sensenbrenner Votes to Send Comprehensive Opioid Legislation to Senate

Sensenbrenner-Backed Legislation to Fight Synthetic Opioids Clears House

For Some in Congress, the Opioid Crisis Is Personal

Fourth annual Jump for Archie to take place in Oconomowoc this weekend

Waukesha Jump Into Lake To Benefit Drug Overdose Victims

Expert Testifies in Support of Sensenbrenner Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Sensenbrenner Introduces Bill to Save Lives and Curb the Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner gave the following statement on the House floor in support of H.R. 510, the Rapid DNA Act.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: Rapid DNA is a promising new technology that allows for the almost immediate DNA analysis of an arrestee. Unlike standard DNA practices which require sending DNA samples from arrestees out to labs with a result taking weeks to ascertain, Rapid DNA results take only a few hours and can be done right at the booking station. Like fingerprinting, photographing, and other booking procedures which at the time were novel but have now become routine, Rapid DNA will soon be standard procedure in police stations throughout the country.

There is only one problem with Rapid DNA technology--- Federal Law. Our law, written in 1994 when DNA technology was still in its infancy, prohibits the use of Rapid DNA technology in booking stations. This is not because of any limitation in Rapid DNA technology, but simply because at the time, Rapid DNA technology was not even contemplated. Similar to the transformation of musical devices – records leading to cassette tapes, cassette tapes leading to CDs, CDs leading to MP3, and now iPods and online music hosting services, -technology moves quicker than we can legislate. Now is the time to change the law to permit Rapid DNA technology.

Rapid DNA machines are compact, approximately the size of copy machines, and can provide a DNA analysis from a cheek swab sample of an arrestee within 2 hours. This has two profound implications. First, arrestees may be exonerated of crimes in 2 hours, rather than waiting for up to 72 hours for release, or months for more standard DNA testing. Second, those arrested for a crime, can quickly be matched to other unsolved crimes where there was forensic evidence left at the crime scene, but for which there is no identified suspect.

The Rapid DNA Act updates current law to allow DNA samples to be processed using Rapid DNA instruments located in booking stations and other approved locations.  The bill will require the FBI to issue standards and procedures for the use such instruments and their resulting DNA analyses to ensure their integrity and the accuracy of results. It will permit those results to be included in the DNA Index if the criminal justice agencies taking Rapid DNA samples comply with the standards and procedures that the FBI approves. In this way, the bill would permit this new category of DNA samples to be uploaded to the index with the same protections and quality standards as current DNA samples.

Not only does H.R. 510 have the potential to reduce crime and help expeditiously exonerate the innocent, but also to positively impact the current backlogs for rape kits and other DNA sample analysis. This committee has spent a great deal of time and significant work to try and reduce the forensic DNA backlog, especially in rape kits.  Rapid DNA could not at this time be used for rape kits, but the implementation of Rapid DNA will allow forensics labs to focus on forensic samples, not on identification samples which can easily be handled by Rapid DNA machines. I hope this will reduce the rape kit backlog which will also prevent future rapes from happening.

I am pleased that the House is taking a significant step in furthering the use of this technology. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 510 and yield back the balance of my time. 

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