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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement:

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The tragedy and acts of terrorism recently perpetrated in Paris, France have inspired impassioned responses to our nation’s problems. However, these horrific actions are no excuse for the knee-jerk reactions, political platitudes, and fear mongering we’ve been experiencing from some of my colleagues in its aftermath. 

“The USA FREEDOM Act was carefully crafted to protect constitutional rights without risking national security. It was passed with the support of the NSA. Any claim that USA FREEDOM hindered the NSA is fear-mongering plain and simple. In fact, the bill’s changes were phased in over a 6 month grace period and haven’t even taken effect yet. This attack happened despite the government’s bulk collection of innocent Americans’ phone data. Once again, bulk collection is not the answer.”  
In 2009, President Obama turned his attention from his campaign victory to a carefully crafted legislative wish list, handed to him by liberal lobbyists and the radical base of the Democratic Party. Among their top priorities were extreme carbon-trading schemes and a war on fossil fuel. Despite the President’s personal popularity, his policy initiatives were met with strong opposition, forcing him to enlist the help of then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Democrats enjoyed sizeable majorities in the House and Senate, and the President was certain he could impose European-style cap-and-tax in America. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, was the cap-and-tax legislation Obama believed would secure him international accolades and a lasting legacy. But the deeply unpopular bill did not make it through the Democrat-controlled Congress, and he went to Copenhagen empty-handed.
Six years later, as he faces the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Mr. Obama is again seeking legislation to tout internationally. But rather than going through a collaborative process with the states and Congress, he has enlisted the help of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ram through his new cap-and-tax initiative, the Clean Power Plan (CPP.)
Under CPP, the EPA feigns flexibility with rate-based and mass-based plans. If states can completely overhaul their energy policies and submit their compliance plans to the EPA by September 6, 2016, they will receive a rate-based plan. But that leaves states with less than one year to make major changes, and if they are unable to meet deadline, the EPA will implement its unnecessary mass-based cap-and-tax plan, which will be an economic disaster for the United States.
Energy prices are guaranteed to increase under the CPP, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the initiative will cost American taxpayers $51 billion. Taking into account our crippling $18 trillion national debt, hardworking taxpayers simply cannot afford to pay for another of President Obama’s liberal pet projects.
Further, CPP will diminish America’s natural gas industry through its Clean Energy Incentive Program. The program awards early action allowances for investments in wind and solar projects, and is a deceptive way to eliminate natural gas development, even though it is abundant in the United States, produces up to 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, and could provide millions of jobs and cleaner energy. 
The United States is already a world leader on alternative energy, reduced carbon emissions, and global social responsibility. Despite the fact that the European Union implemented a cap-and-tax plan similar to Obama’s CPP in 2005, the United States reduced emissions more rapidly between 2005 and 2012. Congress rejected cap-and-tax because it is bad policy, and the President shouldn’t implement it through executive fiat. 
The President is intent on reaching strict emissions agreements in Paris, and any agreement has to include equal commitments from other countries.  Considering his appalling track record on international negotiations, I’m concerned that any deal reached will punish the American economy and will not hold other countries accountable.  
President Obama’s agreement with China is a template for how he’s going to negotiate in Paris.  Under his terrible agreement, China agreed to continue increasing their emissions in 2030, while the U.S. cuts emissions.  It is clear that he is going to punish the American economy and let China off of the hook.
The CPP is a bad deal for America, and the President’s dogged pursuit of this weak policy is nothing more than a tireless pursuit to secure his liberal legacy through executive decision making. In these final months of his presidency, President Obama should set aside his selfish ambitions and finally do what’s best for America’s future. 

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Most of us will never understand the unique challenges faced by our nation’s veterans and their families. Their dedicated service to the protection of American freedom and prosperity extends far beyond the fields of battle and lasts long after their service commitments are completed. Our veterans answered the call of duty, made great personal sacrifices, and have served this country honorably and without hesitation. 

The brave men and women who have served in the United States armed forces deserve our respect and appreciation, not only on Veteran’s Day, but every day. That’s why here in Congress, we are working diligently on legislation that will provide our veterans with better, more responsive healthcare, increased employment opportunities, and better access to education and earned benefits. 

I want to thank the veterans of Wisconsin’s fifth district –and all veterans throughout the country– for their service, sacrifice, and dedication. God bless you all.
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.”
My office is currently accepting resumes from highly motivated fifth district students eager to take on a unique opportunity in public service and leadership in my Washington, D.C. office.

Staff Interns will gain valuable experience in administrative and legislative processes, as well as media and communications initiatives, while working alongside staff members who are invested in providing a memorable learning experience for students.  

In addition to daily tasks, interns will have the opportunity to attend various briefings and lectures, network with professionals in a variety of industries, and take advantage of the many cultural offerings in our nation’s capital. 

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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.”