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All Wisconsin business owners know that tax rates are often a significant factor when making important business decisions, such as whether to invest in new equipment, increase staff, or expand facilities.

Most businesses in Wisconsin and the United States, including proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and subchapter S corporations, are organized as pass-through entities, meaning they are not subject to income tax. Rather, owners are directly taxed individually on income, taking into account their share of profits and losses. 

Given this, most business owners are highly sensitive to their marginal tax rate, which currently tops out at 40 percent. And it’s not just the tax rate, but also the complexity of the federal tax code which can be a hindrance to the business community and make owners think twice about growing, updating, or expanding.

With a newly united government, I’m optimistic that comprehensive tax reform can finally be achieved in the 115th Congress – something that hasn’t happened since 1986. Tax reform that lowers rates for job creators, broadens the tax base, and promotes fairness is exactly what our country needs to jumpstart the economy and give our hardworking business owners a hand up. 

Too often, when Members of Congress talk about rewriting the federal tax code and making businesses more competitive, their focus turns first to the U.S. corporate tax rate, leaving pass-through entities as an afterthought. True tax reform that spurs investment, innovation, increases wages, reduces compliance costs, and promotes growth should address both corporate and individual tax rates simultaneously.

Under the House Republicans’ Better Way agenda, we will tackle these problems and find solutions that will finally give business owners in Wisconsin and nationwide a tax code that works for them, not against them.

Business owners are the backbone of our nation’s economy. Their ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, and ambition is what spurs growth, prosperity, and opportunity for us all. It’s my prerogative to support our business owners and help give them the tools they need to succeed. A smarter, fairer, and flatter tax code is the best way to create an economic atmosphere of opportunity for generations to come. 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced two bills aimed at reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the national biofuels mandate. Taken together, these bills call for the additional study and evaluation of our ever-increasing ethanol mandate and to ensure Environmental Protection Agency volume obligations for biofuels are based in reality. 

The first bill, the comprehensive mid-level ethanol assessment legislation, requires the National Academy of Sciences to provide a comprehensive assessment of research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends – fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume –  compared to gasoline blends containing 10 percent or zero percent ethanol. The study will evaluate the performance, safety, and environmental impact of mid-level ethanol blended fuels.
 
The second bill focuses on cellulosic biofuel assessment. This legislation relaxes the Environmental Protection Agency’s volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel under the RFS to what is commercially available until the National Academy of Sciences submits to Congress a report on the environmental and economic impacts of cellulosic biofuel, and the feasibility of large scale commercial production.

These common sense bills ensure that hardworking American fuel consumers are not needlessly subjected to ineffectual and burdensome government regulations. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “As a former member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I have always believed science-based decision making must guide our assessment of the RFS and the effects this policy has had on consumers, our economy, and our environment. This is especially true in a state like Wisconsin, where the use of recreational vehicles and marine engines is a way of life for many of its residents.”
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court: 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has proven himself an ardent defender of the Constitution, a true advocate for the sanctity of human life, and a prudent judicial practitioner who has served with humility, integrity, and candor. If approved to the United States Supreme Court, I have no doubt he will continue to serve the American people with honor and the utmost respect for the laws of this nation.”
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner reintroduced the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act, which would help ensure patients with disabilities or severe medical conditions have access to highly-specialized, custom medical equipment.

The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act establishes a distinct Medicare benefit category for complex rehabilitation technology products (CRT), such as specialized power wheelchairs and adaptive seating systems. It would also allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to better target its payment and coverage policies by adopting higher quality standards for suppliers, improving oversight to prevent fraud and abuse, and expanding eligibility criteria for beneficiaries. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “As a leader in the fight for the rights of the disabled, I want to ensure all Americans have access to the tools needed to live each day to the fullest. Disabled Americans should not be denied rehabilitation or medical equipment that can enable them to live and work freely and independently. With increased flexibility and proper oversight, we can help those in need while inhibiting fraud and abuse.”

The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act is supported by multiple patient, medical professional and supplier organizations, including: American Association for Homecare, American Physical Therapy Association, Brain Injury Association of America, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Easter Seals, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the United Spinal Association.
 
Congressman Sensenbrenner: "After a town hall meeting, I was pressed to answer questions about whether the President's immigration pause should apply to green card holders.  I do not believe it is right to ban green card holders from entering the United States absent evidence of a threat, regardless of where they are from. I misspoke and I apologize for the confusion.. In terms of the pause itself, it's important to emphasize that this isn't about religious affiliation, it's about national security and keeping Americans safe. This is a temporary ban so the government can ensure we have sufficient screening policies in place.  While the majority of people seeking to enter the United States are peaceful, it only takes one individual to wreak havoc. I will never support a blanket ban on any religious group, but we have to do everything we can, consistent with our values as Americans, to protect the freedom and security of the American people."
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order on privacy rights:

Congressman Sensenbrenner:
“I urge our European allies to be patient as we transition into the new Administration, especially referring to President Trump’s new executive order on privacy.  The order specifically says, “to the extent applicable with current law.” That means that all current laws supporting the Privacy Shield and the Umbrella Agreement remain in full effect. This includes the Judicial Redress Act. It would take an act of Congress to repeal it and there is no effort I’m aware of in either Congress or the Administration to do so. I remain committed to supporting both the Privacy Shield and the Umbrella Agreement—they are important pillars supporting the Transatlantic Relationship. I am prepared to defend them if they’re challenged, but the Trump administration has not done anything to undermine them. This is a false alarm.”
 

Working on Your Behalf

January 26, 2017

I regularly hold office hours and host town hall meetings throughout Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. Throughout my career, I have prided myself on being accessible to my constituents. In fact, I hold more than 100 public meetings each year. They give me an opportunity to speak with my constituents directly and hear about any problems they may be facing with the federal government. And public meetings are only one of the many services my office provides.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is working to solve problems you may have with the federal government. These issues can be complicated, frustrating and stressful. As is often the case, federal agencies give you the runaround – putting you on hold, promising to return your calls or emails and then becoming unresponsive for weeks or even months, or leaving you more confused than you were before.

Fortunately, we deal with these problems every day. I will advocate on your behalf when problems arise and help get the answers you deserve. Every day, my Brookfield staff stands ready to hear your concerns. They will work to ensure the problems you have with federal agencies are thoroughly reviewed and help you cut through the bureaucratic red tape.
Additionally, for qualified Fifth District students, my office provides internship opportunities both in Brookfield and Washington, D.C., and can assist those interested in attending a U.S. service academy to begin the nomination process.

My office also provides constituent services such as offering for purchase flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol, fulfilling Presidential greeting and Congressional commendation requests, and scheduling tours of Washington, D.C. To view a full list of available constituent services and upcoming town hall meetings, I encourage you to visit my official website at http://sensenbrenner.house.gov. 

I, along with my experienced and friendly staff, hope you’ll reach out with any issues you have and let us help. You can call or write my district and/or Washington, D.C. offices, as well as attend one of my many upcoming town hall meetings to discuss your concerns with me in person.  

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Representative.
This past week, I traveled throughout Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District and met with record numbers of constituents over 15 town hall meetings. 

Many issues were discussed, but one topic that concerned a majority of citizens was the plan for our nation’s healthcare. Despite promising affordable healthcare for all Americans, Obamacare has led to sky-rocketing price increases, fewer healthcare options, and decreased quality of care. The Obamacare exchanges are collapsing, and Congress is working hard to repeal and replace the law before it fails and leaves millions of Americans without insurance. 

Under the Better Way Agenda, Republicans have a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that prioritizes four main objectives aimed at making healthcare more efficient, cost-effective, and personal.

• First, the Republican plan gives Americans more choices at lower costs. Americans deserve more control and more choices so that they can choose the health plan that meets their specific needs.

• Second, our plan offers real protections and peace of mind to healthcare consumers. It ensures that Americans never have to worry about being turned away or having their coverage taken away – regardless of age, income, pre-existing conditions, or circumstances. 

• Third, we offer cutting-edge cures and treatments. Our plan clears out the bureaucracy to accelerate the development of life-saving devices and therapies, putting patients first.

• Finally, the Republican plan puts in place a stronger Medicare. It protects this vital program for today’s seniors and preserves it for the future generations of Americans.  

Republicans in the House of Representatives are already taking steps forward to produce sound, reliable healthcare legislation that Americans can count on, and I look forward to continuing an open, transparent dialogue with my constituents about our plan and the legislative process. 
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has been named a new Co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus. He will serve in this new role alongside Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Dave Joyce (R-OH).

The Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus works to educate and raise awareness among lawmakers about addiction prevention, treatment and substance abuse. 

Opioid deaths have surpassed 30,000 for the first time in history, while nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year. Substance abuse costs our nation $600 billion in health care, criminal justice, and lost productivity costs, but that is nothing compared to the toll it takes on our families and friends.  Preventing the further spread of this epidemic is essential to our nation’s complete recovery.  

The Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus aims to stop these devastating trends by bringing awareness to this cause and changing the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The dramatic rise in heroin and opioid addiction is causing devastation in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. It is ruining thousands of lives and destroying entire communities in its wake. I look forward to continuing the fight against addiction through the work of this caucus, and together with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’m optimistic we can pass serious, common-sense solutions to help every American suffering under the weight of addiction.”
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) announced that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner will be joining the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 115th Congress. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner’s distinguished reputation overseas and extensive legislative work on international issues makes him an immediate asset to the Foreign Affairs Committee. He has a successful record of promoting and brokering trans-Atlantic trust and cooperation, and is one of the most respected Members of Congress in Europe and Asia. 

Two of his most prominent accomplishments of the 114th Congress include the USA FREEDOM Act and the Judicial Redress Act, both signed into law by President Obama and influential in the rebuilding of America’s international reputation and trust between allied nations after the Edward Snowden revelations. Sensenbrenner was similarly influential in the negotiations between the United States and Puerto Rico regarding the Island’s financial hardships.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The important work of the Foreign Affairs Committee is essential for a safe and prosperous America. I’m looking forward to joining my colleagues on the Committee in promoting social and economic stability here and overseas, producing smart legislation that will secure and strengthen our international relationships, and upholding and honoring our commitments as a world leader.”

Official approval of this committee assignment will be finalized after an upcoming vote in the full House of Representatives.