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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement, criticizing President Obama’s failed energy strategy and its repercussions for Wisconsin and the country:

Congressman Sensenbrenner: "Obama's veto of the Keystone Pipeline was a love letter to the environmental activists -- perfectly timed after the Canadian election and just a month before the UN climate conference in Paris. But losing the pipeline means we are forced to use railroads to move crude. Despite having the best freight rail system in the world, this still means increased risks. While the President takes his victory tour in Europe, Americans will be left with fewer jobs, higher oil prices, and an overall weak energy strategy. From the EPA's toxic mine spill in Colorado to the recent spills in Alma and Watertown, examples of Obama's failed policies make it painfully clear that this President cares more about his legacy than sound policy.”
Yesterday, Wisconsin Congressmen Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) introduced the bipartisan Assisting Family Farmers through Insurance Reform Measures (AFFIRM) Act. The AFFIRM Act makes bold reforms to crop insurance premium subsidy payments, saves taxpayer dollars and promotes transparency.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The AFFIRM Act makes sensible changes to our nation’s crop insurance program to reduce unnecessary subsidies directed towards our country’s largest and most profitable farms and agribusinesses. These reforms will promote the longevity of agriculture risk-sharing programs and make sure the farm safety-net remains readily available, especially for those who need it most. With our national debt approaching $19 trillion, Congress must continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to reduce excessive spending and ensure future generations inherit a prosperous America. Legislation that will save taxpayers billions, such as the AFFIRM Act, is a step in the right direction.”

Congressman Kind:  “The current crop insurance system is extremely wasteful and in need of major reform. The AFFIRM Act will save taxpayers $24.4 billion over 10 years while still providing a strong safety net for family farmers,” said Rep. Kind. “Taxpayers deserve to know where their tax dollars are going, and the AFFIRM Act will make that possible. These important reforms not only strike a better deal for taxpayers but will have no out of pocket expense to farmers.” 

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the AFFIRM Act will save approximately $24.4 billion over the next decade, and the legislation enjoys bipartisan support from groups such as The Environmental Working Group, National Taxpayer’s Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, R-Street Institute, Citizens Against Government Waste, and Freedom Works.  
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement on President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline:

Congressman Sensenbrenner:  “The President’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline is yet another example of his radical personal agenda getting in the way of what's best for the country. Rather than creating thousands of jobs and increasing America’s energy independence, he chose to cave to the demands of environmental extremists and enhance his own liberal legacy.”
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Our country faces many challenges that require serious, thoughtful solutions from our elected officials. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road as the people of this nation struggle to achieve their goals and live the American dream.

Understanding the complexities of the issues, working together to find solutions, and identifying areas of compromise are the hallmarks of responsible government. These tasks are difficult and it takes a unique leader to bring different ideas and perspectives together. 

It is in times of uncertainty and change that true leaders reveal themselves. When they are asked to serve, they do so willingly and without hesitation. They thrive under pressure and create new paths forward, always working toward the greatest good.

Paul D. Ryan is a true conservative who embodies this type of visionary leadership.

His installment as Speaker of the House of Representatives is a historic moment for Wisconsin and a turning point for America’s future. His experience, skills, and statesmanship, along with his undying commitment to serve, gives me renewed confidence and optimism in the direction of this nation.

Speaker Ryan has the rare abilities to unite a diverse Republican Party, to reach across the partisan divide and establish common ground, and to communicate effectively with the people of this nation. He will serve dutifully with honor, respect, and reverence for the office he now holds, while always fighting on behalf of the people who elected him.  

I have complete confidence in Paul and am proud to call him a friend and colleague. I offer my congratulations to him and his family as he begins this exciting and challenging new role, and encourage you all to join me in continuous prayer for him, his family, and our country.  
Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement of congratulations to friend, colleague, and new Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan: 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “True leaders reveal themselves in times of uncertainty and change. They thrive under pressure and create new paths forward, always working toward the greatest good. Paul Ryan is a true conservative who embodies this type of visionary leadership. His installment today as Speaker of the House gives me renewed confidence and optimism in the direction of our party and country, and I’m certain his experience, skills, and statesmanship will begin a new chapter of prosperity in our nation’s history. Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, as he enters into this exciting and challenging new role.”
Strong international relationships are critical to the safety and advancement of the United States. That’s why I introduced the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, which passed in the House of Representatives earlier this week. 

For many years, the United States and European Union have worked together to secure data protection for their citizens under agreements known as Safe Harbor. Earlier this month, however, the European Court of Justice issued a landmark ruling invalidating the agreement because of privacy concerns. 

The European Court’s ruling illustrates how fragile trust between nations can be, and this lack of trust has had huge economic and security consequences for the United States. Our businesses have struggled against public backlash and protectionist policies, and our government has faced increasingly difficult negotiations to share law enforcement and intelligence data.  

The Judicial Redress Act of 2015 is central to our efforts to rebuild strained relationships with our allies and ensure privacy and security for both American and European Union citizens. In our complex digital world, privacy and security are not competing values. They are weaved together inseparably, and today’s policy makers must craft legal frameworks that support both. 

This bill provides our allies with limited remedies relative to data they share with the United States —similar to those American citizens enjoy under the Privacy Act. It is a way to support our foreign allies and ensure the continued sharing of law enforcement data. Specifically, the bill will give citizens of covered countries the ability to correct flawed information in their records and access to U.S. courts if the U.S. government unlawfully discloses their personal information.

As United States citizens, we already enjoy similar protections in Europe. Granting these rights to our closest allies will be a positive step forward in restoring our international reputation and rebuilding trust. 

In fact, our European colleagues have noted that the passage of the Judicial Redress Act is critical to negotiating a new agreement, central to their willingness to continue sharing law enforcement data with the United States, and necessary to improving relations between nations. 

The Judicial Redress Act amounts to a small courtesy that will pay huge diplomatic and economic dividends, and the passage of this legislation is an important step forward to greater security. 
Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement on the Speaker race in the House of Representatives: 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The Republican Party continues to evolve and comprises a diverse body of independently-minded thinkers, all with strong convictions and ideas for the future. While growing pains often accompany change, so does opportunity. At this pivotal moment, we need a leader with the fortitude to withstand the governing challenges ahead, the discipline to remain firm against overwhelming pressure, and the statesmanship to work seamlessly with all Members, both within the caucus and across the aisle.  

“Congressman Paul Ryan is a true conservative leader who exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated public servant, continually working toward serious solutions to the problems we face as a nation. I fully support Paul as our next Speaker and encourage my colleagues to do the same.”
The House of Representatives today approved the Judicial Redress Act of 2015 (H.R. 1428) by voice vote. Introduced by Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), the Judicial Redress Act of 2015 would strengthen partnerships with our allies and ensure continued law enforcement cooperation between the United States and Europe by giving covered foreign citizens the ability to seek judicial redress in U.S. courts to ensure that their privacy is protected.

The bipartisan legislation would extend certain privacy protection rights to citizens of European countries, as well as other allied nations, if the federal government willfully discloses information in violation of the Privacy Act. Under the Judicial Redress Act, citizens of designated countries would be extended the core benefits of the Privacy Act, which already applies to Americans, with regard to information shared with U.S. law enforcement authorities, including the ability to bring a lawsuit for the intentional or willful disclosure of personal information.  Many countries already extend such protections to U.S. citizens. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte (R-Va.), Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers issued the following statement on the passage of the bill:

“Today’s bipartisan passage of the Judicial Redress Act will help restore our allies’ faith in U.S. data privacy protections and helping facilitate agreements, such as the Data Protection and Privacy Agreement, that strengthen our trans-Atlantic partnerships with Europe. This bill benefits not only our own law enforcement, but is a sign of good faith to our partners abroad. We are pleased with the resounding bipartisan support that has been shown for this measure by our colleagues, and urge the Senate to take up this measure as quickly as possible.”

Last week, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner sent the following letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the Department of Energy’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for energy conservation standards for residential conventional ovens:

Dear Attorney General Lynch:

I am writing in regards the Department of Energy's (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for energy conservation standards for residential conventional ovens.  DOE’s decision to group all ovens under the proposed rule into one product class called, “conventional,” would yield limited potential energy savings and function as a serious threat to the long term survival of high-performance companies, forcing them to operate in a different market space, constraining choice for consumers and limiting competition.

When evaluating and establishing energy conservation standards, DOE divides covered products into product classes.  In determining whether a performance-related feature justifies a different standard, DOE must consider the utility of the feature to the customer and its impact in the lessening of competition.

In 2006 and 2008, when faced with a substantially similar question, DOE concluded that high performance products provided a distinct utility to a customer segment and established two separate product classes – one for higher performance products and one for conventional, high production volume products.  This year, DOE departed from previously held standards and decided to regulate all ovens under one standard.  This ignores that high-performance products offer residential consumers performance and design features superior to other in-home appliances and similar to those found in restaurants.  These tiers in cooking performance and design should be considered in any analysis conducted by DOE when evaluating efficiency design options for conventional or high-performance ovens.

The main utility of any oven is its cooking performance.  The ability of any oven to bake evenly, allow yeast products to rise consistently, and produce consistent quality rack-to-rack when several racks are being used, are key criteria for consumer acceptance.  Forcing niche companies to compete in the conventional oven market space by setting a standard that requires designing appliances to employ lighter gauge materials, exposed heating elements, lighter racks, simpler controls and single verses dual convention fan systems will erase the utility and performance features that market analysis shows serves a subset of customers that enables these companies to stay viable.

The current position of DOE fails to distinguish high performing products within a larger group of products with vastly different features.  Cooking performance will be significantly affected under the current structure of the proposed rule and will leave one market – with significantly fewer players – where differences among products are largely aesthetic.  It is important that the industry be able to meet all levels of desired customer utility, while achieving energy efficiency levels that will benefit the consumer in the long-term.

In considering comments on DOE’s proposal, I request that you take into consideration its anti-competitive effect and the need for additional product classes within the residential oven market.  DOJ has a responsibility to protect competition for the benefit of the consumer and should seriously consider the impact this efficiency standard would have on small, niche market manufacturers and their ability to serve their unique set of customers.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.


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