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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.
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Rapid DNA Act. This legislation would establish a system to enable law enforcement officials to use Rapid DNA instruments to help reduce DNA backlogs. Unlike traditional DNA analysis, which can take weeks, Rapid DNA analysis permits processing of DNA samples in approximately 90 minutes or less. 

This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way in which individuals arrested for crimes are enrolled in the criminal justice system, to shorten the time required for their DNA to be linked to unsolved crimes, and to expedite the exoneration of innocent suspects. The Rapid DNA Act will give law enforcement officials a new system that meets FBI quality assurance standards to compare DNA samples collected at the time of an arrest to profiles in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS.) 

The legislation has strong support from across the law enforcement community, including the National Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major City Chiefs Association, National Association of Police Organizations, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and National District Attorneys Association, as well as the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations. In testimony before Congress last year, FBI Director James Comey said the authority in the bill would help law enforcement “change the world in a very, very exciting way” by enabling officials to know “near-instantly” whether a person in custody is connected with other crimes or is innocent of the suspected charge. 

For further details on the bill, click here.

Senator Hatch: “As FBI Director James Comey said last year in testimony before Congress, the Rapid DNA Act will help law enforcement ‘change the world in a very, very exciting way.’ It will enable officers to take advantage of exciting new developments in DNA technology to more quickly solve crimes and exonerate innocent suspects. Under this legislation, rather than having to all send DNA samples to crime labs and wait weeks for results, trained officers will be able to process many samples in less than two hours. This legislation passed the Senate unanimously last Congress and very nearly passed the House. I intend to work closely with my colleagues this Congress to get it across the finish line and to the President’s desk.” 

Senator Feinstein: "When an individual is arrested, it can often take months to process their DNA sample to determine whether their DNA profiles match other crimes. Our bill will address this delay by requiring the FBI to issue guidelines for local jurisdictions to use standardized Rapid DNA technology. This technology will reduce processing time from months to just hours, allowing the police to quickly advance investigations and protect the public.”?

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Rapid DNA technology is an effective tool for law enforcement that will help quickly identify arrestees and offenders and reduce the overwhelming backlog in forensic DNA analysis. It will make crime fighting efforts more efficient and help prevent future crimes from occurring, which saves time and taxpayer dollars. I look forward to working with Senators Hatch and Feinstein, Representative Swalwell and all my colleagues in both the House and Senate to ensure this common-sense legislation is passed.”

Congressman Swalwell: “As an Alameda County prosecutor, I learned all too well that a DNA backlog leaves crimes unsolved, leaves the public unprotected, and leaves victims crying out for justice – none of which are acceptable. DNA can be a powerful law-enforcement tool when samples are tested in a timely fashion, and this legislation will help provide that tool to police agencies across the nation, to all Americans’ benefit.”
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner reintroduced the ATF Elimination Act, legislation that would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and merge its exclusive duties into existing federal agencies. 

Additionally, the Act calls for an immediate hiring freeze at the agency and requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste, as well as report to Congress with a detailed plan on how the transition will take place. Further, it would transfer enforcement of firearms, explosives and arson laws to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products would be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). 

Under this bill, the DEA and FBI would be required to submit to Congress a plan for winding down the affairs of the ATF after no more than 180 days, and field offices, along with other buildings and assets of the ATF, would be transferred to the FBI. It would have one year to report excess property to the General Services Administration (GSA).

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Despite our country being trillions of dollars in debt, government spending continues to rise. Common sense budgeting solutions are necessary, and the ATF Elimination Act is one measure we can take to reduce spending, redundancy, and practice responsible governance. The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that has been branded by failure and lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges, and a lack of leadership. These facts make it a logical place to begin draining the swamp and acting in the best interest of the American taxpayer.”
 
BROOKFIELD, WI – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced that 30 students from Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District have received nominations to the U.S. service academies.  

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The students selected this year as nominees to the United States service academies are upstanding individuals who will make their families, friends, and communities proud in both their academic and professional endeavors. A strong country needs strong leaders, and I have no doubt that these accomplished young men and women will dutifully serve their country and lead this nation into a brighter future.”

Nominees for the United States service academies were chosen from an impressive group of qualified applicants residing throughout Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. The Congressman’s Academy Selection Committee put forth its recommendations for nomination after reviewing each individual candidate and conducting in-person interviews.  

Of the 30 students, five have been named principal nominees. If the principal nominee meets the academic, physical, and medical standards set by the academy, they are assured an offer of appointment to the academy. If a principal nominee does not qualify or chooses not to attend, the alternates compete for the vacancy. Alternates are also part of a pool of applicants from which the academies will select the incoming class. All but one nominee are listed below, and photos of these participating principal and competing nominees are available upon request. 

Principal Nominees:

Jonathan Lee of Brookfield has been named a principal nominee to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Jonathan, son of Kenneth and Kate Lee, attends Brookfield Academy.

Noah Jensen of Brookfield has been named a principal nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Noah, son of Joel and Carrie Jensen, attends Brookfield Academy.  

Eric Wunsch of Menomonee Falls has been named a principal nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Eric, son Jon and Nancy Wunsch, attends Menomonee Falls High School.

Emma Hutchinson of Brookfield has been named a principal nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Emma, daughter of Patrick and Stephanie Hutchinson, attends Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

Matthew Malone of Pewaukee has been named a principal nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Matthew, son of Daniel and Trudy Malone, attends Marquette University High School.

Competing Alternate Nominees from Jefferson County:

Steven Jonas of Watertown has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Steven, son of Brian and Lyn Jonas, attends Watertown High School. 

Competing Alternate Nominee from Milwaukee County:

Christopher Slosar of West Allis has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Christopher, son of Richard and Sharon Slosar, attends St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.

Competing Alternate Nominees from Washington County:

Victoria Burns of West Bend has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Victoria, daughter of Thomas and Donna Burns, attends West Bend West High School.

Nickolas Rasimus of Hubertus has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Nickolas, son of Keith and Amy Rasimus, attends Slinger High School.

Competing Alternate Nominees from Waukesha County:

Alexandria Bullen of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Alexandria, daughter of Ronald and Susan Bullen, attends the US Military Academy Preparatory School. 

Andrew Bullen of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Andrew, the son of Ronald and Susan Bullen, attends the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.

Anthony Burzinski of Menomonee Falls has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Anthony, son of Joseph and Karen Burzinski, attends Menomonee Falls High School. 

Alexander Carter of Oconomowoc has been named as an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Alexander, son of Paul and Angelique Carter, attends Oconomowoc High School. 

Maxwell Cavadel of Menomonee Falls has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Maxwell, son of Glenn and Christina Cavadel, attends Hamilton High School.

Parker Ellis of Oconomowoc has been named as an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Parker, son of Kevin and Julie Ellis, attends Oconomowoc High School.

Michael Elwing of Brookfield has been named as an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Michael, son of Michael and Holly Elwing, attends Brookfield Central High School.

Ryan Hayward of Okauchee has been named as an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Ryan, son of Christopher and Meaghan Hayward, attends Lake Country Lutheran High School.

Jacob Hoeg of Waukesha has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Jacob, son of Timothy and Kelly Hoeg, attends Waukesha North High School.

Benjamin Johnson of Lisbon has been named an alternate nominee to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Benjamin, son of Jeffrey and Debra Johnson, attends Lake Country Lutheran High School.

Joseph Neimon of Delafield has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Joseph, son of Michael and Kerry Neimon, attends Kettle Moraine High School.

John Otten of Menomonee Falls has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. John, son of Mark and Janet Otten, attends Marquette University High School.

Michael Puetz of Oconomowoc has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Michael, son of Michael and Dawn Puetz, attends Oconomowoc High School.

Henry Rahmes of New Berlin has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Henry, son of Michael and Sara Rahmes, attends New Berlin West High School.

Mackenzie Robertson of Menomonee Falls has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Mackenzie, daughter of Troy and Dr. Felicia Robertson, attends Menomonee Falls High School.

Jack Schaefer of Hartland has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Jack, son of Michael Schaefer and Samantha Gillette, attends Arrowhead High School.

Maxwell Schroeder of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Maxwell, son of William and Lisa Schroeder, attends Brookfield Central.

Max Stergiades of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Max, son of Nicholas and Peggy Stergiades, attends Brookfield East High School.

Dann Wilson of Pewaukee has been named an alternate nominee to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Dann, son of Dann and Monica Wilson, attends the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Congressman Sensenbrenner is currently accepting nomination applications from Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District for those who would like to enter any United States service academy in the summer of 2018.  Inquiries concerning this process can be made to the Congressman’s district office in Brookfield at (262) 784-1111, or online at Sensenbrenner.house.gov.
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the Working Parents Tax Relief Act, legislation that would amend the Internal Revenue (IRS) Code of 1986 in order to help make the cost of childcare more affordable for Wisconsin families.

Under the employer-sponsored Dependent Care Assistance Program, eligible employees may reduce their taxable income by setting aside money from their paycheck, prior to taxes being taken out, to pay for dependent care expenses, including child care, elder care and extended care. 

Currently, individuals may only set aside $5,000 per year and are unable to roll-over unused funds to the next year.

Sensenbrenner’s Working Parents Tax Relief Act would increase the amount available under DCAP from $5,000 to $7,500, index the benefit amount to inflation, and allow plan participants to roll-over unused funds into the following year. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The cost of reliable, quality dependent care, especially childcare, has risen dramatically over the years. Changes to the Dependent Care Assistance Program are necessary to give our hardworking families a hand up and ensure our businesses have a focused, productive workforce.”

Background:

• The Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) acts as flexible spending account which can be used to pay for eligible dependent care expenses.
• Expenses must be incurred from the care of dependents under the age of 13, or older dependents incapable of caring for themselves, and must be needed to allow employees to work.
• The money set aside is pretax, which has the effect of lowering an individual’s taxable income. Under current law, each household may set aside up to $5,000 annually. This limit has been in effect since 1986, despite the fact that the cost of care has significantly increased.