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Wisconsin in Brief

January 11, 2019

By: The Journal Times

Kimberly-Clark files documents to close plant

MADISON — Kimberly-Clark Corp. has notified Gov. Tony Evers’ administration that it will close its plant in Neenah by May 31.

The Department of Workforce Development announced Thursday that the paper products giant had provided the workforce reduction notice.

The plant’s closure was first announced a year ago. Kimberly-Clark also initially said it planned to close a larger facility that employs about 400 people in nearby Fox Crossing, but decided to keep it open after then-Gov. Scott Walker’s administration executed a $28 million deal to save it.

Kimberly-Clark says 74 workers will lose their jobs at the Neenah nonwovens plant between March 15-29, with the rest eliminated by the end of May. About 100 people work at the plant.

Congressman undergoes hip replacement

MADISON — U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s office says the longtime congressman had hip replacement surgery on Thursday.

The Menomonee Falls Republican’s office said the surgery Thursday at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, was a success but he will be recuperating and in rehab for “several weeks.”

Sensenbrenner is 75 and has been in Congress since 1979.

Sensenbrenner fell while attending a community fair in Butler six years ago. His office says his hip was surgically repaired then, but it was only a temporary fix and after the conditioned worsened recently he went in for a full replacement.

By; Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner

House Republicans this week introduced legislation that would let the U.S. use money and property seized at the border from drug cartels to pay for a southern border wall.

The bill, from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., could help reduce Democratic opposition to a border wall. Democrats in the House and Senate have opposed new federal funding for the wall in part because Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for it.

"This commonsense legislation will provide the necessary funding to completely secure our southern border and cut off the flow of gang members and drugs into our country," Sensenbrenner said. "Best of all, this can be done with minimal cost to the American taxpayer."

"This bill would break through the stalemate of funding for border security, thereby providing a path to reopen the government," he added. "Congress should consider this legislation immediately so we can return to other important legislative business."

GOP Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Phil Roe of Tennessee, Rob Bishop of Utah, Bob Gibbs or Ohio, and Jody Hice of Georgia cosponsored the bill.

It was introduced as both parties have been scrambling to come up with some agreement on border wall funding. The lack of a deal has prevented Congress from funding nine federal agencies, in a shutdown that has lasted nearly three weeks.

By: WISN

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner had hip replacement surgery Thursday, his office reported.

The Wisconsin Republican's office said the surgery at Mt. Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, was a success but he will be recuperating and in rehab for "several weeks."

Sensenbrenner is 75 and has been in Congress since 1979.

Sensenbrenner fell while attending a community fair in Butler, Wisconsin, six years ago. His office says his hip was surgically repaired then, but it was only a temporary fix and after the conditioned worsened recently he went in for a full replacement.

Sensenbrenner's district is in southeast Wisconsin encompassing areas immediately to the northwest of Milwaukee.

By: Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jim Sensenbrenner, the dean of Wisconsin's congressional delegation, underwent successful hip replacement surgery Thursday, his office said.

The surgery took place at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sensenbrenner's hip trouble began six years ago when he caught his foot on wires, tripped and fell while attending a community fair in Butler. He sustained a fracture near his elbow and another fracture at the hip socket.

"After a surgical repair at that time, he was able to resume his duties," his office said. "The condition of the hip worsened recently, and doctors recommended a full replacement."

Sensenbrenner, 75, will recuperate and undergo rehab for several weeks, his office said, adding that the congressman "is grateful for all of the well-wishes and prayers and looks forward to being back in commission very soon."

Sensenbrenner, a Menomonee Falls Republican, was first elected to Congress in 1978.

By: WTMJ

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's office says the longtime congressman had hip replacement surgery.

   The Wisconsin Republican's office said the surgery Thursday at Mt. Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, was a success but he will be recuperating and in rehab for "several weeks."

   Sensenbrenner is 75 and has been in Congress since 1979.

   Sensenbrenner fell while attending a community fair in Butler, Wisconsin, six years ago. His office says his hip was surgically repaired then, but it was only a temporary fix and after the conditioned worsened recently he went in for a full replacement.

   Sensenbrenner's district is in southeast Wisconsin encompassing areas immediately to the northwest of Milwaukee.

Alexandria, VA—Earlier today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) underwent a successful hip replacement surgery at Mt. Vernon Hospital. By way of background, six years ago Mr. Sensenbrenner suffered a fall while attending a community fair in Butler, WI. After a surgical repair at that time, he was able to resume his duties. However, doctors advised it was only a temporary fix. The condition of the hip worsened recently, and doctors recommended a full replacement.

Congressman Sensenbrenner will recuperate and rehab for several weeks. He is grateful for all of the well wishes and prayers and looks forward to being back in commission very soon. 
Washington, D.C.—Following the President’s address last night, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) re-introduced the Build Up Illegal Line Defenses With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act.  He was joined in this effort with Congressmen Mark Meadows (NC-11), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Phil Roe (TN-01), Rob Bishop (UT-01), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), and Jody Hice (GA-10). 

This legislation would direct money and assets seized from Mexican drug cartels to be used to increase border security between the U.S./Mexican border. In addition to building a physical wall, the funding may also be used to construct other types of barriers or to implement technology-supported solutions where appropriate.

Rep. Sensenbrenner
“This commonsense legislation will provide the necessary funding to completely secure our southern border and cut off the flow of gang members and drugs into our country. Best of all, this can be done with minimal cost to the American taxpayer. This bill would break through the stalemate of funding for border security, thereby providing a path to reopen the government. Congress should consider this legislation immediately so we can return to other important legislative business.”

You can view the text of the legislation here.

Congressman Sensenbrenner introduced identical legislation during the 115th Congress. Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

By: Colm Phelan of the Irish Sun

THE E-3 visa that would allow Irish people live in America has hit a snag after one Senator put a 'hold' on the bill.

The bill had been passed in the US House of Representatives but the deadline has now passed for US Senate approval.

The Senator is understood to have put a 'hold' on the bill and therefore it failed to get approval before the Senate sat for the final time last Saturday, RTE reports.

A new bill will now have to be passed as the House of Representatives will sit for the first time under new membership.

The new visa proposal was drafted up back in November and sought to allow 4,000 - 5,000 Irish citizens gain access to the US through the visa.

The E-3 visa was originally available for Australian citizens, with 10,500 available each year but only half of them were being used up.

According to the report, Irish officials are now working out other ways to secure support for the plan to add Ireland to the visa programme.

Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner previously welcomed the bill that would allow Irish people to work in the US for a two-year span.

He said: "The United States was built on hard work and the determination of immigrants – many of them who hail from Ireland.

"Through their perseverance, they have enabled this country to grow and prosper.

"This modest proposal would give Irish nationals the opportunity to work in the US under the non-immigrant visa category of the E3 visa, previously reserved only for Australian nationals.

"Ireland in the meantime has proposed a reciprocal work visa specific to US nationals so that those wanting to live and work in Ireland can more easily do so."

Washington, D.C.—Today, the House passed S. 756, the First Step Act. This bipartisan criminal justice reform package includes Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s (WI-05) reauthorization language of the Second Chance Act, which provides grants for the purpose of helping newly-released prisoners successfully reenter society.

Rep. Sensenbrenner“Republicans and Democrats coming together to pass criminal justice reform is a monumental victory for the American people, and I’m proud to have been a leader of this effort that has been years in the making. I’m also proud to note that this bill reauthorizes the Second Chance Act, which has been instrumental in healing communities by helping those who have paid their debts to society to rejoin their families and live a productive life. I thank Chairman Goodlatte, Congressman Collins, and the many others who carried this bill across the finish line.”

You can view Congressman Sensenbrenner's remarks on the House floor here

Background on the First Step Act:

The First Step Act is a combination of the original House-passed First Step Act, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, and the Second Chance Reauthorization Act. The comprehensive package aims to reduce over-criminalization by preparing inmates to successfully reenter society through programs proven to reduce recidivism. Additionally, it gives judges greater discretion when sentencing low-level, nonviolent offenders and provides grants for reentry programs.

Background on the Second Chance Reauthorization Act:

Congressmen Danny Davis (D-IL-07) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-05) introduced the original Second Chance Act in 2007. It passed Congress with strong bipartisan support, and President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2008. This legislation provided non-profit faith and community-based organizations with mentoring grants to develop support programs such as drug treatment, housing, job training, medical care, and education.

Reentry services have been improved in the decade since the Second Chance Act was implemented, which resulted in a reduction in recidivism and helped ensure a successful return to society for prisoners who have completed their sentence. More than 160,000 men, women, and youths returning home from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities have benefited from Second Chance grants providing career training, mentoring, family-based substance abuse treatment, and other evidence-based reentry programs. 

This investment has also paid public safety dividends. A report from the National Reentry Resource Center highlights how numerous states have experienced drastic reductions in statewide recidivism rates as a result of robust reentry services made possible in part through Second Chance.

Congressmen Sensenbrenner and Davis introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act in 2017 to build upon the success of the original legislation. The bill authorizes funding for both public and private entities to evaluate and improve academic and vocational education for offenders in prison, jails, and juvenile facilities.

Washington, D.C.— Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-05) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08) introduced legislation to direct the US Attorney General (AG) to make grants to states and localities for gunfire detection and location technology. The AG would be authorized to allocate $10 million annually for the next four fiscal years.

Rep. Sensenbrenner: “This commonsense legislation will help law enforcement quickly and accurately locate violent crimes, cut down on response time, and save lives. Cities like Milwaukee have already begun utilizing this type of technology and have with positive results. I’m grateful to Congressman Jeffries for joining me in leading this important effort.”

Background:
Cities like Milwaukee have already begun utilizing gunshot detection technology. Networked sensors are placed throughout a coverage area to detect the origin of gunshots. Once a gunshot is detected, the technology calculates the position of the shooter and instantly notifies law enforcement with real-time data delivered to dispatch centers, patrol cars, and smart phones.

Police stations that have access to shot detecting technology can arrive at the scene faster and better prepared to protect the public and themselves as well as attend to victims. Further, information gather is secured in a database and then turned into preemptive intelligence, which provides for better dispatch of resources and improved collection of evidence.

Far too often gunfire incidents are not reported to 911 dispatchers. This means law enforcement begin responding to crimes with significantly limited information. Additionally, reports of gunfire often contain vague or inaccurate information resulting in lost time and less efficient response by law enforcement.

Early data suggests that use of gunfire detection technology has shown positive results. According to a report, the city of Milwaukee has seen a 38 percent decrease in the amount of gunshots fired in areas where this technology was used from 2017 to 2018 showing that its use can act as a deterrent.