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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement on House passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act:

"I applaud the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act today by the House of Representatives. This bill now goes to the President’s desk for his signature. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and need immediate assistance during this unprecedented time. 

I have always held the line on government spending. However, these are extraordinary times that require extreme measures. America is at war with this virus and war requires decisive action. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is saving jobs and must be replenished. This legislation provides an additional $310 billion in PPP loans.  

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act also provides additional resources for hospitals and testing. Hospitals and health care providers will receive an additional $75 billion to support the need for COVID-19 related expenses. $25 billion is allocated to provide for expenses to research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 tests. 

The impact of COVID-19 on our community has caused devastating disruptions. Every facet of American life has been impacted immensely by this crisis. The disturbance of daily life is not the fault of the American people. No one is immune to the disease or its impact on our everyday lives. I want to ensure Congress keeps working to get small businesses the resources they need to address our current economic crisis.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement on House passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

"I applaud the passage of the CARES Act today by the House of Representatives. This bill now goes to the President’s desk for his signature.  While I have been a watchful eye of government spending throughout my career, I recognize these are unprecedented times that require extraordinary and decisive action.

The impact of COVID-19 on our community has caused devastating disruptions. Every facet of American life has been impacted immensely by this crisis. The disturbance of daily life is not the fault of the American people. No one is immune to the disease or its impact on our everyday lives.

Earlier this week, Speaker Pelosi attempted to insert funding for a variety of liberal programs on her party’s wish list that have no relation to the crisis at hand. Thankfully, her tactics were rejected and most of these outrageous items were omitted from the final bill.

The CARES Act prioritizes the safety and care of the most vulnerable of members of our society. While the bill is not perfect, this vital bipartisan investment is sure to aid in the recovery of the nation. Citizens will receive direct relief. State and local governments will receive desperately needed health care resources. It removes regulatory barriers so small businesses can get people the help they need during this time of crisis and stabilizes key industries to avoid massive layoffs.

Time is of the essence. We need to get our country back on track as soon as possible. Americans need help now and I am pleased that the House has come together to pass this immediate relief package. The CARES Act will provide much needed assistance to Wisconsin’s families, workers, and small businesses."

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement on coronavirus supplemental funding:

“Last week, I voted for $8 billion in supplemental funding to fight the coronavirus. Yesterday, President Trump declared a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion in order to address this crisis. Early this morning, the full text of H.R. 6201 was presented to House members with less than 30 minutes to review 100-plus pages of bill text. We do not know the full cost of this legislation. I am not a fan of passing bills to find out what is in them. I hope the United States Senate is able to review and address the issues with this bill on Monday. We must deal with this outbreak in a measured and responsible way.”

Washington, D.C. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement regarding Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration for southeastern Wisconsin, following the severe storms and flooding that occurred in January 2020. Congressman Sensenbrenner joined his colleagues from the Wisconsin delegation in sending the following letter to President Donald Trump:

“Today, I joined my congressional delegation colleagues in requesting that the White House approve Governor Evers’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration in Wisconsin. This declaration would bring much needed federal assistance to the southeastern part of our great state. I hope that this request will be reviewed and considered promptly, and that FEMA will continue to work with the state and local governments to facilitate the recovery and rebuilding necessary.”

Washington, D.C. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after making numerous points of order on the House Floor during today’s House debate on the so-called “Equal Rights Amendment.” 

“I was amazed by the ruling of the Chair during today’s House debate on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I made two specific points of order that were both rejected out of hand and without a vote of the House. The majority’s outrageous disregard for the Constitution was on a full display. I am both disappointed and dismayed. The snap ruling of the Chair does not supersede the authority of the Constitution. Three-quarters of the states failed to ratify the ERA by the deadline set by Congress. House Democrats voted to retroactively revive a failed constitutional amendment. A two-thirds vote is vote is required to amend the Constitution and I believe a two-thirds vote of the House of Representatives is necessary for removal of the deadline.

Washington, D.C.– Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) joined several of his colleagues to introduce HR 5769, the Statement of Harm to the American Majority (SHAM) Act in the House of Representatives. This legislation requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an audit of the use of funds, and loss of government productivity, due to the impeachment inquiry and trial of President Trump. The audit must include costs, time spent, and estimations on loss of productivity.

“Now that President Trump has been acquitted of this sham impeachment by the United States Senate, it is imperative that a full autopsy of wasted funds and loss of government productivity is ordered. I am pleased to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Statement of Harm to the American Majority (SHAM) Act.”

Washington, D.C. Today, the House passed HR 4031, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act . Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which delivers large benefits to Great Lakes communities and helps to conserve the lakes as a valuable resource. 

“The House extension of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act is an important step in boosting Great Lakes communities. This legislation will benefit Wisconsin’s hard working families and lake industries. It is an important step in conserving the lakes as a precious resource. This vote has been long overdue, and I urge the Senate to approve this legislation as soon as possible.”

Washington, D.C.Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on charges brought forth by a partisan-fueled impeachment resolution:

Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump since January 20, 2017. They got to scratch that itch and eventually presented articles of impeachment to the United States Senate. Today, the Senate concluded that the allegations against the President did not meet the high bar of removal from office. Now, we can tear the articles of impeachment in half and pitch them into the dustbin of history.”

Washington, D.C.Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address:

“Just last week, the President signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law. A significant piece of legislation, that I was proud to support in the House of Representatives. America’s economy continues to strengthen as Wisconsin businesses and manufacturers are seeing added signs of growth.

Tonight, in his speech, the President outlined a bold and optimistic vision for a safer and more prosperous America — expanding on economic successes, strengthening our military, confronting the ever-present issues in our healthcare system, and enacting a safe and legal immigration system. I look forward to working with the President on these important issues.”

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law:

“I was proud to support the USMCA in the United States House of Representatives. This historic bipartisan agreement will help modernize trade and expand America’s economy. It is a victory for Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers, businesses, and workers.”