Friday, May 11, 2012

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

May 11, 2012

Senator Johnson Meets with Constituents Traveling from Wisconsin

Senator Johnson Comments on Student Loan Vote

Young people are suffering badly from the Obama economy – which leaves half of all recent college graduates unable to find work. Harry Reid’s bill worsens the employment outlook for young Americans by taxing job creators. It is exactly the wrong approach. It uses students as political pawns, and does nothing to address the issue of college costs.
I encourage a vigorous debate on the rising cost of a college education, the mismatch between college curriculums and actual work place demands, and the enormous debt burden young adults must sustain to pay for college. The cost of a college education has multiplied exponentially over the past three decades and much of that additional cost provides little or no value to a student attending college.
Senator Johnson Announces Staff Farm Bill Listening Sessions
This week I announced that my staff will be available for listening sessions at the dates and locations listed below. These sessions allow constituents to express their views regarding the Farm Bill Congress is scheduled to reauthorize this year.
Monday, May 14th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
City Hall Plaza, Suite 108
630 South Central Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449
Monday, May 14th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Farm Service Agency Service Center, Conference Room
134 West Rockwell Street, Jefferson, WI 53549
Monday, May 14th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Farm Service Agency Service Center, Conference Room
820 Industrial Drive, Sparta, WI 54656
Monday, May 14th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shawano City Hall, Community Room
127 South Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI 54166
Tuesday, May 15th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rhinelander City Hall, Council Chambers
135 South Stevens Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501
Mobile Office Hours Announced Around Wisconsin
This week, I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
Tuesday, May 15th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Osseo City Hall, Community Room
13712 8th Street, Osseo, WI 54758
Wednesday, May 16th, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
La Farge Village Hall, Meeting Room
105 West Main Street, La Farge, WI 54639
Thursday, May 17th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Big Bend Village Hall, Board Room
W230 S9185 Nevins Street, Big Bend, WI 53103
Thursday, May 17th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Delafield City Hall, Council Chambers
500 Genesee Street, Delafield, WI 53018

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Rasmussen Reports™ Daily tracking poll: Romney 50, Obama 43

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Ron Paul Rejects Convention Chaos

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Sarkozy, Obama, Romney, Ron Paul and the recent European elections - HUMAN EVENTS

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RIA Novosti: Tymoshenko Stops Hunger Strike

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"West Virginia Democrats made it clear that they've had enough," says Maloney

MORGANTOWN -- Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Maloney released the following statement today on the results of last night's primary.

"West Virginia Democrats made it clear last night that they've had enough. President Obama has failed to create jobs, launched a war on West Virginia through his EPA's actions on coal and other energy sources, spent trillions of dollars we don't have and shoved his health care plan down our throats, even though it cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare. And Earl Ray Tomblin has been right there with him every step of the way. Tomblin's continued support of Obama and his disastrous policies is bad for West Virginia. From making West Virginia the second state in the U.S. to implement ObamaCare to refusing to call for Obama to fire his head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson.

"It's not surprising though. For nearly 40 years, Earl Ray has put his own interests ahead of West Virginia's and the results are clear. We keep falling
further behind, losing more jobs and watching our kids and grandchildren leave the state in search of better opportunities.

"It's time for a change. I invite all West Virginians -- whether you're a frustrated Democrat with proud memories of a party that used to look out for West Virginia coal miners, a disillusioned independent voter who feels that nothing will ever change and fears losing your kids and grandkids to North Carolina like Sharon and I did, or even a Republican who in the past may have supported Earl Ray and his false promises of balanced budgets and fiscal reponsibility, only to be disappointed after the election-- to join me in my campaign to bring new leadership to the Governor's office.

"Together, we'll make West Virginia an even better place to live, work, raise a family and create jobs."

Bill Maloney was the 2011 Republican nominee for governor of West Virginia. A proven job creator, Maloney has built his own businesses and provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. Maloney isn’t a career politician, and he will bring real-world experience and a fresh approach to Charleston. He believes in lower taxes, smaller government and more opportunity. Maloney’s 'can-do' attitude helped to save the lives of 33 trapped Chilean miners recently. Maloney and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters and recently welcomed their first grandchild.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

FOX News - Ron Paul Dominating State Conventions 5/7/12

h/t:The Daily Paul

Parents: Rule’s half-baked -

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MOMENT OF CLARITY: Wisconsin Gets Jobbed

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Lockheed Martin: Nation’s Third Littoral Combat Ship Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials

MARINETTE, Wis., May 7, 2012 – The nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), successfully completed its U.S. Navy acceptance trials and will be delivered to the Navy this summer.

Fort Worth is the second surface combatant designed and built by a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team. The trials, conducted in Lake Michigan from April 30 to May 4, included a four-hour full-power run and both surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship’s combat management system. Major systems and features were demonstrated, including aviation support, small boat launch handling and recovery, and ride control.

“Fort Worth performed extremely well during its trials,” said LCS Program Manager Capt. John Neagley. “The ship’s level of completion coupled with Marinette Marine’s excellent craftsmanship resulted in relatively few material deficiencies.”

“Lessons learned from our lead ship, USS Freedom, have directly contributed to te successful Acceptance Trials of our second ship,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “As we continue serial production, we’re reducing costs and building these high-quality ships faster.”  serial production, we’re reducing costs and building these high-quality ships faster.”

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Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Monday, May 7, 2012

RSC Update: The House Debates Spending Cuts & Export Subsidies

From the Chairman

The U.S. House of Representatives will tackle several major pieces of legislation this week. One will be the first of 12 bills to permit the federal government to spend money during the 2013 fiscal year. We’ll also look at legislation to implement targeted spending cuts to replace what’s known in D.C. as “the sequester,” those automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set in motion by last summer’s agreement to raise the debt ceiling. While I would prefer to see more of the spending reductions occur this year, enacting these targeted cuts will prevent the sequester from punching a dangerous hole in our Armed Forces’ ability to defend the U.S.

The House will also debate a proposal to reauthorize the federal agency known as the Export-Import (or Ex-Im) Bank and raise its loan limit by 40%. For those who aren’t familiar, the Ex-Im Bank provides subsidized financing to foreigners who buy American products, mostly from large companies like Boeing and GE. This is often likened to corporate welfare, and there are definite parallels to the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the housing market. My colleagues who support the agency say it creates jobs and makes money for the government. As the independent Congressional Research Service has noted, however, economists generally believe that government subsidized export financing merely shifts jobs from one sector to another without increasing the end number of jobs. Additionally, the economic policy think tank E21 recently determined that taxpayers are actually losing money if you subject Ex-Im financing to the “fair value” accounting used in the private sector. Given these facts, plus the questionable constitutionality of the federal government participating in (not just regulating) commerce, I intend to vote against the Ex-Im legislation.

It promises to be a busy week in the House of Representatives. Hopefully taxpayers will come out on top.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.

· Today, the RSC holds the first-ever Facebook Forum at 4:30 p.m. EDT with Rep. Tom Graves (GA-09).

· Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03): The 'Buffett Rule' Should Be Known As The 'Buffett Ruse'; Investor's Business Daily, May 1.

· Reps. Lamar Smith (TX-21) and Bill Flores (TX-17): Hispanics Lack Opportunities in Faltering Economy; Washington Times, May 1.

· Rep. Raul Labrador (ID-01): Rep. Labrador profiled by Fox News; Fox News, May 1.

· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40): Our North Korean Policy Has Become Based on Blind Trust; The Hill, May 1.

· Reps. Phil Roe (TN-01) and Tim Walberg (MI-07): Fixing the Problems in Student Lending; Washington Examiner, May 2.

· Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-03): GSA Official at Center of Scandal Shouldn't Collect Pay; The Hill, May 3.

· Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08): Myth of a Two-State Solution; Washington Times, May 3.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· This week, the House will vote on legislation (H.R. 4966, The Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 and The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012) to partially replace the first year of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts resulting from last summer’s debt ceiling agreement with targeted spending cuts.

· The House will debate H.R. 5326 this week, the first of the FY 2013 appropriations bills. The bill provides funding for Commerce, Justice and Science programs.

· The House will also debate H.R. 2072 this week, which would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and raise the agency’s statutory lending cap from $100 billion to $140 billion.

· A House-Senate Conference Committee will meet this week to work on creating legislation to reauthorize federal transportation programs.

· On Tuesday, Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia hold their primary elections.

· On Thursday, the House will finish up any uncompleted work on the aforementioned bills.

RSC Reports

· Looking for one of our recently released charts and graphs? Click here.

· RSC Staff recently compiled news stories and op-eds about the Ex-Im Bank.

· RSC Staff recently published two documents on taxes: an abbreviated list of tax changes set to occur automatically and a quick reference guide for tax facts.

· Stay up to date on budget and spending news with reports from the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force.

· Check out the RSC Sunset Caucus’ work to shrink the size of government and the Repeal Task Force’s work to eliminate bad laws and regulations.

· House rules now require sponsors of legislation to provide a Constitutional Authority Statement that explains how Congress has the constitutionally-derived authority to enact their proposals. Click here to see liberals’ highly questionable attempts.

· Read the RSC Money Monitor to track how bills passed by the House affect budget authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.


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Pius XII, John XXIII, and the Newly-Opened Archives

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Nullify ObamaCare in Missouri! – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

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