Friday, July 27, 2012

Bill Maloney - A Brighter West Virginia

Eric Hovde For Senate

DNR: Some burning restrictions lifted, drought continues

News Release Published: July 27, 2012 by the Central Office

Contact(s): Robert Manwell (608) 264-9248; Kimberly Currie (608) 516-4740

MADISON – Emphasizing that the drought is not over, state fire control officials at the Department of Natural Resources will lift Emergency burning restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 28 in all or those parts of Dane, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland and Sauk counties that are within Department of Natural Resources protection areas.

Campfire bans will also be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 28 in the following state parks properties: Big Foot Beach, Lapham Peak, Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Elroy-Sparta State Trail.

Emergency burning restrictions remain in place in all or parts of 11 counties including: Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties, and portions of Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood counties.

Campfires are allowed but some burning restrictions remain in place the following state park properties, Buckhorn, Hartman Creek, Mill Bluff, and Roche-A-Cri. Please check with parks staff if you plan to visit one of these properties.

A revised emergency burn restriction map will be posted at 12:01 a.m. July 28 at dnr.wi.gov search for the keywords “fire danger.”

“Recent rains have lowered the fire risks enough in some areas to relax burning restrictions,” said Trent Marty, chief of DNR’s Bureau of Forest Protection. “The rain has been spotty however and we will keep restrictions in place in the remaining areas until we can safely lift them.”

“There has been tremendous cooperation by the public during this period of high fire danger,” added Marty, “folks have really taken our messages to heart and we greatly appreciate their effort.”

“We are happy to be able to allow campfires in all state park properties again,” said Kimberly Currie, acting director of Wisconsin State Parks and Trails. “Sitting around the campfire with family and friends is a special part of a state park experience visit but visitor safety is our top priority.”

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

July 27, 2012

Senator Johnson Comments on Second Quarter GDP Report

The miserable growth rates we are experiencing should not come as a surprise to anyone. Until consumers and job creators see real leadership in Washington that understands that growing government and debt is not the solution, uncertainty will remain high and confidence low. We need to make the American economy an attractive place for business expansion and job creation. The solution lies in reducing regulatory burdens, enacting pro-growth tax reforms, using America's energy resources, and seriously addressing our long term debt and deficits. I hope that President Obama eventually recognizes that his plan has not worked.



Senator Johnson Comments on Senate Tax Vote

America is still mired in a weak economy, but instead of concentrating on economic growth, President Obama and Democrats in the Senate are playing politics. Their class warfare tax hike would only raise enough revenue to fund the government for 6 days, but it would come at the very real expense of job creators.

Small businesses in America – our economic and job creation engine – are struggling. Yet Democrats want to raise taxes on nearly one million of them just to serve an election strategy. Raising taxes on small business will not help the 23 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed, or who have lost hope and dropped out of the labor force.
The damage doesn't end there. In the same bill, Democrats also passed a dramatic increase in the Death Tax that would prevent many family farms and small businesses from being passed on to future generations.

Fortunately, this bill is only political theater, and has no chance of becoming law. Unfortunately, our nation faces massive tax increases in 2013, and Senate Democrats like Senator Patty Murray are more than willing drive our economy off that "fiscal cliff."

The Republican led House will soon pass legislation that will extend current tax rates for a year to give a new administration time to enact real pro-growth tax reform. Responsible leadership would not play games with the livelihoods of Americans.

Senator Johnson Meets with Constituents Traveling from Wisconsin



Senator Johnson Announces Mobile Office Hours

I announced this week 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 the my staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.

Tuesday, July 31st, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Soldiers Grove Community Building, Main Room
102 Passive Sun Drive, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655


Tuesday, July 31st, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lake Hallie Village Hall
13033 30th Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729


Tuesday, July 31st, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Cazenovia Firehouse, Meeting Room
Hwy 58 and Main Street, Cazenovia, WI 53924


Tuesday, July 31st, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wonewoc Village Hall, Meeting Room
200 West Street, Wonewoc, WI 53968


Thursday, August 2nd, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
De Pere City Hall, Riverview Room
335 South Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115

Rep. Louie Gohmert: The Altar of Political Correctness

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.


Major Drought Assistance Initiatives Launched

While some areas of our state recently received minimal rainfall, southern Wisconsin remains under extreme drought conditions. Other areas have been designated as abnormally dry, in a moderate drought, or in a severe drought.

Most people understand the immediate and devastating impact of the drought on crops and the farmers in the affected areas; however, we need to increase awareness of the potential long-term impact on Wisconsin’s entire agricultural industry. One of the major concerns we have right now, beyond just crop loss, is providing adequate feed for Wisconsin’s dairy herd. Many dairy farmers are considering sending their herds to slaughter or selling them off, if they don’t have access to enough feed to keep their cows productive. If this happens, it would have a ripple effect among Wisconsin’s dairy producers, manufacturing industry, and, ultimately, the export market for many years.

Recently, we took the following actions to reduce the negative, long-term impact of the drought:
  • Issued an executive order declaring a drought across the state and expediting the permitting process for farmers, who need to utilize additional water sources for irrigation;
  • Directed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to increase weight limits for hauling hay—making it easier for dairy farmers to obtain feed for their herds;
  • Started accepting applications for the Drought Relief Program, which lowers interest payments for drought affected farms; and
  • Opened up 11,500 acres of state-owned lands, so farmers can harvest its hay.
Last week, I toured the devastation caused by the drought and brought together farmers, local, state, and federal officials, dairy producers, and others to discuss the best course of action moving forward. I will continue to receive updates on the drought situation multiple times each week. Hopefully, we’ll have good news to report in the near future.



Education Reform


This week, I traveled to Harvard University to discuss the results of a study comparing student achievement growth in the U.S. with the top-performing nations around the world.

Unfortunately, the data shows American children are not improving as quickly as those in many other countries. In fact, children in eight countries (Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Columbia, and Lithuania) improved twice as quickly as those in the U.S. between 1992 and 2011.

Over the same time Wisconsin’s growth was minimal and ranked 38th out of the 41 states with data available to be studied. These results are consistent with what we’ve seen over the years. Similar data showed Wisconsin in the top few states for reading in the mid-nineties; yet in 2011, we were somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Last year, to reverse this trend, I convened the bipartisan Read to Lead Task Force, where we heard from educators, researchers, and others about what we can do to improve reading performance and maximize student growth potential. Our public schools are blessed with some of the best teachers and reading specialists in the world, but if we want to keep up with other states, we must provide those hard-working professionals with the latest research and tools they need to help our kids succeed.

To get ideas about what we could do differently, we looked to other states. This study found that the states which grew the most in education—states like Florida, Massachusetts, and Delaware—were not necessarily the states that increased spending the most. These states spent money wisely and instituted forward-thinking reforms.

We’ve built off of their ideas and made tangible changes in Wisconsin. For instance, we’re working to use reading screeners for all kindergarteners to let teachers and parents know who is struggling and why. Additionally, we’re focusing on quality education data to make sure accurate information drives improvement.

With two sons who went through public schools, I understand the importance of having a strong public school system in Wisconsin. Moving forward, I will continue to highlight the steps we have taken to enact education reform that ultimately improves student growth.



Wisconsin Summer Events Underway

This week, I had the opportunity to attend the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The EAA is just one of the fantastic summer events Wisconsin hosts, which draws tourists from other states and, more importantly, provides entertainment for in-state residents. The EAA, and other similar events, provide huge economic boosts to area communities. I’d encourage all Wisconsin residents to attend some of the extraordinary events we have right here in our state. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism website maintains a list of upcoming summer events.

When traveling to one of these great events or elsewhere in Wisconsin, it’s important to plan for road construction. If you are looking to take a trip in Wisconsin, I’d encourage you to visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website, which contains a list of road construction projects, as well as suggested detours.



Just Ask the Governor


Each e-update, I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.

Question: Is there a way to explain the job loss that occurred in June?

Answer: That is a great question. It’s important to understand exactly what is being reported by the media. The statistics you heard about for June are called the Census Employment Statistics or CES. The CES is based off of a survey of roughly 3.5 percent of Wisconsin’s employers. These estimates are currently unreliable for Wisconsin because, for the first time ever, the federal government benchmarked this estimate off of only two quarters of actual jobs data (previously three quarters were used).

In fact, just this week there was communication between the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the federal government regarding this benchmarking issue. I’m encouraged we’ll be able to correct the problems currently causing inaccuracies in our state’s monthly jobs estimates. You can learn more about DWD’s exchange with the federal government by clicking here.

But back to your original question about June—the CES numbers are not a surprise for two main reasons. First, federal job creation numbers released earlier in the month were weak. And second, the flawed CES estimates inaccurately and negatively skew Wisconsin’s jobs numbers.

Last year, I indicated that I will track job growth by a statistic known as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), which is widely regarded as much more accurate than the CES. The QCEW is an actual job count that is compiled from nearly 160,000 Wisconsin employers and reported four times a year.

The latest QCEW jobs numbers published showed that Wisconsin is heading in the right direction. After three years, where Wisconsin lost more than 100,000 private sector jobs, we added thousands of new jobs in 2011.

We are committed to working hard to keep growing Wisconsin jobs for workers and families in our great state.


It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.

Sincerely,


Governor Scott Walker

White House projects $1.2T deficit, lower economic growth in 2012 - The Hill's On The Money

White House projects $1.2T deficit, lower economic growth in 2012 - The Hill's On The Money

"Protecting the American Dream" Plan: Achieve Real Energy Independence

RNC: "Again" (TV Ad)

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Capital Account: From Natural Resources to Currency Wars w/Rick Rule & Jim Rickards

Send Eric Hovde To The Senate


It seems some Republican talking heads in Milwaukee are trying to resurrect Jeff Fitzgerald's failed campaign. Just the fact that his campaign has been so horribly mismanaged should have been a warning sign to them that he is not ready for the big leagues. With our late primary there would not be much time for Fitzgerald to build a competent campaign before the general election. 

Fitzgerald would be fourth on my list of acceptable candidates. Why should we settle when we have a chance to send an outsider, and successful business man, Eric Hovde to reinforce Ron Johnson?  A lot of Wisconsin voters are happy with the leadership Johnson has consistently shown, even bucking Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. If you send establishment Republicans like Tommy Thompson or Fitzgerald to Washington you will guarantee a reliable Party vote, even if that means the tough issues get ignored and Johnson and senators like him gets hung out to dry.

If Republicans take the majority in the Senate and do not tackle entitlements and the debt crisis, not only will we lose the majority, but our economy will be crippled. We do not have time for politics-as-usual, we need Hovde, and others like him, fighting for a responsible budget and a strong dollar. Wisconsin families are suffering as their money's purchase power declines rapidly. Our deficit is making us beholden to countries like China and forcing unacceptable cuts to defense. At a moment like this we have to change the course Bush and Obama have set us on and return to a Thomas Jefferson approach to governance. I believe whole heartedly that Hovde is that candidate.

Governor Nikki Haley speaks at Laurens County Chamber of Commerce

RIA Novosti: Russian Navy to Exercise in Barents Sea

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Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill - The Hill's Video

Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill - The Hill's Video

David Harsanyi: 5 ways to get America working again

David Harsanyi: 5 ways to get America working again

Founding Fathers Quote

No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.

George Washington

Muslims, Christians clash over Garden Tomb

Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Friday, July 27, 2012 | Shlomo Mordechai


Muslims, Christians clash over Garden TombA dispute over a holy place in Jerusalem is threatening the delicate status quo between Christians and Muslims in the Holy City, with Israel caught in the middle. The Garden Tomb outside the Old City walls, with an ancient tomb carved into a rock, resembles the place where Jesus was buried according to biblical accounts.

Some Protestants believe it is the very place of Jesus’ resurrection, though most archaeologists place the actual site at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City.

The serenity of the site has been disturbed by the expansion of a Muslim cemetery adjacent to the Garden Tomb. Though the construction was approved by the Jerusalem Municipality, it is threatening the physical integrity of the Christian holy place, according to an investigative report by the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv.

The rest of this article can be found in the August/September 2012 issue of Israel Today Don't miss it, subscribe now!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

RIA Novosti: Russian Orthodox Church To Clarify Stance on Tsar Family Remains

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Eric Hovde - "Protecting the American Dream" Plan: Reform the Tax Code

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The map of Gary Johnson

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Sheriff Richard Mack Endorses Jessica Puente Bradshaw

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Eric Hovde Answering Questions On Mark Belling

Eric Hovde went on Mark Belling's show yesterday to answer all of the ridiculous attacks that are being leveled against him. It is instantly apparent that the only reason he is being maligned by his opponents is because he has all of the momentum on his side. I don't think that we can overlook the amount of gravitas Hovde brings to the number one issue facing Wisconsin voters; the economy.

The whole reason for the Tea Party was because Bush and Obama, with the backing of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, spent without regard to the consequences. If we wanted a career politician who would go there just to get along with Mitch McConnell, then any of the other three candidates would do. But, if you want someone with a strong business background who will bring fresh ideas and a track record of success, then Eric Hovde is your man.

Hovde for Senate Radio Ad: Hiding

RIA Novosti: Russia to Lay Down Fourth Borei Class Sub July 30

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STRATFOR: Europe's Financial Crisis Spreads North (Portfolio)

Veep Beat: VP Contender Tour Kicks Off

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49% Trust Romney More On Economy; 43% Trust Obama More - Rasmussen Reports™

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RIA Novosti: Russian Warships Will Not Enter Syria Port – Navy Chief

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Governor Nikki Haley speaks at Aiken Republican Club

Obama calls for Gun Control

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/25/obama-calls-measures-against-gun-violence/

Ambulances Called After Wisconsin Abortion Biz Injures Women | LifeNews.com

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Capital Account: The Future of Farmland in a World of Financial Fraud and Safe Haven Bubbles!

World Maritime News - Croatia: Inauguration Ceremony for Viktor Lenac’s New Floating Drydock

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Anne Schumacher: Hovde has new ideas

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Business Insider: Former Miss Nevada Claims Police Busted Into Her Apartment And Made Her Get Out Of Bed Naked

House easily approves Paul's 'audit the Fed' bill in 327-98 vote - The Hill's Floor Action

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STRATFOR: Iran's Militant Response to Syria's Crisis (Dispatch)

Sen. Paul Statement on Democrats’ Tax Hike

Jul 25, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Sen. Rand Paul issued the following statement after a vote in the U.S. Senate on a Democrat proposed tax-hike plan:

"It boggles the mind to think that now, during an economic recession, Senate Democrats put forth a plan to raise taxes on nearly a million business owners, farmers, ranchers, and families. Their idea of a tax plan includes damaging tax increases that would severely hurt small businesses and hike the estate tax from 35 percent to 55 percent. Fortunately for the American people, this tax bill is dead upon arrival, as our Constitution requires that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, and this one did not."


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Packers to add second tower to Atrium

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Eric Hovde For Senate

Ron Paul's swan song - Kate Nocera - POLITICO.com

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DNR: Application period for wolf hunting permit opens August 1, closes August 31

News Release Published: July 25, 2012 by the Central Office

Contact(s): Scott Loomans - 608-267-2452

MADISON – Hunters and trappers interested in participating in Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season must apply for a permit between August 1 and August 31, 2012. The permit application fee is $10 and applications can be purchased from authorized license agents, over the Internet through the Department of Natural Resources “Online Licensing Center” or by phone at 1-877-945-4236 toll free.

The wolf hunting and trapping season runs October 15 to February 28, 2013.

For the 2012-13 seasons all wolf permits will be awarded by random choice in a drawing that will be held shortly after the close of the permit application window. Successful applicants will be notified by letter. Applicants who are not successful in the drawing will be awarded a preference point toward future drawings.

Starting with the 2013-14 season one half of available permits will be issued randomly among all permit applications and the second half will be issued through a cumulative preference point drawing.

“If you think you will ever be interested in participating in a wolf season, either this year or in future years, it’s important to apply for a permit starting this year in order to accumulate preference points,” said Bill Vander Zouwen, ecology section chief in the DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management. “With the limited number of wolf permits expected to be available each year, hunters and trappers with preference points will have a better chance of being selected in future drawings.”

At the time of purchase applicants may apply for a permit or a preference point only. The preference point only option is available for hunters and trappers who wish to hunt or trap in future seasons but are not able to participate in the 2012-13 season and want to start accumulating points.

Accumulated preference points will be eliminated when an applicant is selected in the drawing to receive a permit. Accumulated preference points will also be eliminated if a hunter or trapper does not submit a permit application in three consecutive years.

Six wolf harvest zones were established by the Natural Resources Board. Each zone will have a wolf quota although those quotas will not be firmly established for several weeks until officials factor in tribal declarations. The number of licenses will equal 10 times the total quota after the tribal declarations are subtracted.

For the 2012-13 wolf season, hunters and trappers may fill their harvest tag in any zone. All kills must be reported within 24 hours and zones will be closed when harvest quotas are reached. Zone harvest totals and season closures will be posted on the DNR website dnr.wi.gov search the keyword, “wolf.” Zone closures will also be noticed in statewide news releases and the department will have a call-in line that hunters and trappers can check daily for closures. It is the responsibility of the hunter and trapper to check for closures each day before going out to hunt or trap.

A wolf license authorizes both hunting and trapping. The license holder must meet the appropriate safety education requirements. Persons who intend to trap wolves must successfully complete a Wisconsin Trapper Education course unless exempt; persons born on or after January 1, 1973 who intend to hunt wolves with a firearm must possess a Hunter Education Certificate (or equivalent) unless participating the Hunting Mentorship program.

Wolf harvesting licenses may be transferred to a youth or adult who is eligible to use the license, provided the transfer application is received by October 1 (15 days prior to the start of the wolf season).

Team Hovde Endorsement: Stephan Nordstrom

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The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People - TheHill.com

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Eric Hovde For Senate

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PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Hosting country music superstar Rodney Atkins August 1st

7/25/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846


Hovde Campaign: Hosting country music superstar Rodney Atkins August 1st

Madison—The Hovde for Senate campaign is hosting country music superstar Rodney Atkins on Wednesday, August 1st at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, and the event will run from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

The concert will officially kick-off Team Hovde’s ‘Get out the Vote’ effort.

Tickets are still available for this special event, and they can be purchased here for only $15.

In 2006, Atkins was named “Top New Male Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music.

He has had six number-one singles, including “Take a Back Road,” “It’s America,” and “These are my People.”

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Gov. Haley & Adjutant General Livingston announce partnership with the Republic of Colombia

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

RIA Novosti: At least 30 Militants Killed in Tajik Anti-Mafia Raid

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Manchester to sell old police station, cells and all | New Hampshire NEWS06

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Drought leads to big sell-off of cattle in Wisconsin

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Romney calls for special counsel to probe national security leaks - The Hill's Global Affairs

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Tragically refreshing



Aid to Church in Need keeping watchful eye on Middle East after Arab Spring

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RSC Update: One Rule at a Time, America Becomes "Regulation Nation"


Monday, July 23, 2012 | View Online


RSC Update: One Rule at a Time, America Becomes “Regulation Nation”


From the Chairman

It’s important to have sensible rules of the road in place, but government bureaucracy has grown too expensive, too expansive, and too intrusive. Monday through Friday, the federal government cranks out new proposals to regulate American life, which then get published in The Federal Register. Last year alone, all the Executive orders, proclamations, policy statements, proposed rules, finalized rules, interpretations of rules, etc. took up more than 80,000 pages. Here’s a photo showing just 10 months’ worth.



This continuous barrage is slowly but surely turning us into “Regulation Nation.” It’s bad for job creators and hits small businesses hardest of all. In a recent survey by the Chamber of Commerce, more than half of small businesses cited regulations as the top threat to their business. Complying with federal regulations cost small businesses an average of $10,585 per employee in 2008. Since then, ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank law have spurred massive amounts of new rulemaking.

In a few days, the House of Representatives will vote on a package of six bills introduced by RSC members to cut down on the explosion of red tape that makes it harder for small businesses to hire and grow. Isn’t it time for a timeout on red tape?

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.

· Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02): Tax Won't Make Health Care Affordable; Arkansas Business, July 16.

· Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-01): It's About Upholding the Constitution; Prescott eNews, July 17.

· Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05): The Real Story of the Obama Economy; RedState, July 18.

· Rep. Alan Nunnelee (MS-01): Repeal ObamaCare; The Commercial Appeal, July 18.

· Rep. Michael Turner (OH-03): Picking Winners and Losers Among Retirees; Washington Times, July 18.

· Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC-02): Obama Hijacks American Success; Politico, July 18.

· Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02): No, Mr. President, the Private Sector Is Not 'Doing Fine'; The Detroit News, July 19.


· Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07): Women Are Fighting ObamaCare’s Next Battle; Washington Times, July 20.

· Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-05): Dodd-Frank: Two Years on, a New Path Forward Is Needed; Human Events, July 21.

· Reps. Tom Price (GA-06) and Vicky Hartzler (MO-04): Don't Sequester the Common Defense; Politico, July 22.


RSC Member Activity RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· Rep. John Fleming (LA-04) introduced H.R. 6137, the Helping Save Americans’ Health Care Choices Act of 2012, which would repeal the damage done to HSAs by ObamaCare and strengthens them so consumers can keep more of their own money.

· Six bills introduced by RSC members have been combined into H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act.

· RSC Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04), Rep. David Camp (MI-04), and other members introduced H.R. 6140, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, which would prohibit the Obama administration from unilaterally granting itself the authority to exempt states from the work requirements that were a critical element of welfare reform enacted in 1996.


House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.

· On July 18, the House approved H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, which would require the President to submit to Congress a detailed preview of the sequestration required by the Budget Control Act and how the required spending cuts are to be implemented.

· On July 19, the House approved H.R. 5856, the FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which would hold Department of Defense funding steady at current levels.


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

· On Tuesday, the House will take up and vote on H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011.

· On Wednesday, the House will vote on H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, which is a package of six bills from RSC members.

· On Thursday, the House will vote on H.R. 6002, the Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan.

· This Friday, the 2012 Olympic Summer Games kick off with their opening ceremony.


RSC Reports

· RSC Updates are now online! Looking for one of our recently released charts and graphs? Click here.

· 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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PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Wisconsin Family Action endorses Eric Hovde

7/24/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846


Hovde Campaign: Wisconsin Family Action endorses Eric Hovde

Madison—Wisconsin Family Action PAC has endorsed Eric Hovde in the race for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat.

According to Wisconsin Family Action PAC Director Julaine Appling, Hovde has “the right values and the right character to make the tough choices and to lead America and Wisconsin back to prosperity and freedom.”

The Wisconsin Family Action PAC endorsement comes just days after FreedomWorks—one of the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots organizations—endorsed Hovde’s campaign.

“Conservative organizations are lining up behind our campaign and joining voters across Wisconsin who have coalesced around our conservative, free-market message,” said Hovde. “Our momentum is growing by the day, and we are well positioned for victory on August 14th.”

Wisconsin Family Action was founded to advance Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening and preserving marriage, family, life and liberty.

Conservative state Senators Leah Vukmir and Frank Lasee and Wisconsin Right to Life have also endorsed Hovde in the race for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat.

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Release: Governor Walker Announces New Harvest and Grazing Rules to Address Drought-Related Feed Shortage (Monday, July 23, 2012)

July 23, 2012
For Immediate Release

 
 
Madison—Farmers can harvest hay from approximately 11,500 acres of selected state-owned lands, Governor Scott Walker announced today. Farmers may also graze cattle on state-owned land, although they will be responsible for setting up temporary electric fencing and watering tanks to facilitate the grazing. 

“The drought is causing a real hardship for farmers, particularly in the southern part of the state who don’t have enough feed for their animals,” Governor Walker said. “One way we can help bring some relief is to open up state land that is not normally harvested for hay, so that farmers can come in and harvest on a first come, first served basis without a fee. ”

The special harvest ends August 10 for prairie grasses and August 30 for cool season grasses. DNR is limiting haying and grazing to this time period to allow for adequate regrowth of the grass to provide habitat for wildlife and hunting cover to sportsmen and women in the fall. Only one cutting of hay will be allowed during the harvest window.

Farmers participating in the program will be required to sign an agreement specifying that the hay taken from state-owned property will be used for livestock and not sold. Areas authorized for harvesting do not include nor in any way affect land to be used for or previously sold under hay sale agreements with the department.

Farmers looking for more information can call toll free 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463), seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Or, type in the word DROUGHT in the search box at http://dnr.wi.gov/.

For comprehensive information and resources relating to the 2012 drought and heat wave, go to www.ready.wi.gov.