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  • Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation weighs in on Mueller
    Posted in In the News on July 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    Brendan Cullerton CBS 58 Wisconsin only had one member of Congress actually involved in Wednesday's testimony from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls. Sensenbrenner, on the House Judiciary Committee, asked Mueller what the point of his role was without delivering a decisive verdict on potential charges for President Donald Trump. "Since you decided under the OLC opinion that you couldn't prosecute a sitting, meaning President Trump, why do we have all of... Read more

  • Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump
    Posted in In the News on July 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    John Nichols The Nation Special counsel Robert Mueller today delivered restrained, responsible, and yet damning testimony to the House Judiciary Committee regarding wrongdoing, lies, and obstruction of justice by the sitting president of the United States. What was damning was not the evidence that Mueller described, most of which simply confirmed details contained in his report on a two-year investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and obstruction... Read more

  • Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore seek to hold racist president to account
    Posted in In the News on July 23, 2019 | Preview rr

    John Nichols The Cap Times Congressman Mark Pocan is prepared to hold Donald Trump to account. So, too, is Congresswoman Gwen Moore. These Wisconsin Democrats were among the 95 members of the House who voted last Wednesday to consider a resolution from Congressman Al Green, D-Texas, to impeach Donald Trump for using racist language July 14 to attack four Democratic congresswomen of color. Most House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, argued for a slower process that would allow congressi... Read more

  • Helsinki Commission looks at how faith groups can combat hate
    Posted in In the News on July 20, 2019 | Preview rr

    Rhina Guidos CRUX Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers came face to face with hate and escaped its wrath Oct. 27, 2018, when it walked into the most unlikely of places: through the doors of his house of worship, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. There, in a place of peace, a gunman unleashed bullets on the congregation gathered for Shabbat services, killing 11 worshippers. “I’m a victim, witness and survivor of the worst attack in a synagogue in the history of the United States,” said the rabbi, a... Read more

  • New Bill Addresses Barriers to Upward Bound Grants
    Posted in In the News on July 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    Sara Weissman Diverse Education The U.S. Department of Education rejected grants from one of the TRIO programs, Upward Bound, a few years ago because of clerical errors such as incorrect fonts and margins. A new bill – the Educational Opportunities and Success Act – was introduced to prevent those type of slips from getting in the way of federal funds for low-income students preparing for college. “The Educational Opportunities and Success Act is a solution to a problem that should never have ha... Read more

  • Wisconsin Split On Condemning 'Racist Trump Tweets'
    Posted in In the News on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    Scott Anderson Patch Voting strictly along party lines, Wisconsin's eight congressional representatives were split on whether to condemn a series of Twitter posts as racist in a resolution sent to the floor of the House on July 16. The non-binding resolution, which was brought forward by House Democrats, was passed nearly along party lines. A total of 235 Democrats and four Republicans supported the resolution, while 187 Republicans opposed it. The resolution did not garner any opposition from D... Read more

  • Wisconsin lawmakers tour migrant detention centers
    Posted in In the News on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr

    Taurean Small Spectrum News NY1 Quite a few lawmakers say the emergency spending bill that Congress pushed through a couple of weeks ago is a start but Washington will have to do more in order to move the needle on what they’re calling a growing humanitarian crisis at the Southern border. House Oversight Democrats traveled to Homestead, Florida at the beginning of the week to get a close up look at the treatment of more about 1,300 migrant children detained at a local holding center. “I still ha... Read more

  • Half of unaccompanied minors left Homestead facility but U.S. officials won't say where they went, Pocan says
    Posted in In the News on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr

    Lawrence Andrea Milwaukee Journal Sentinel More than half of the unaccompanied migrant children who were living in a Florida detention center are no longer there — but U.S. officials won't tell members of Congress where the children are now. Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan told reporters Tuesday that administrators of the 3,200-bed facility wouldn't answer his questions about the children's whereabouts during a visit Monday to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children. "We didn’... Read more

  • U.S. Immigration Crisis: What Wisconsin Is Saying
    Posted in In the News on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr

    Scott Anderson Patch On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence saw the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions that detained migrant adults faced at a U.S. detention center in McAllen, Texas. His tour came in advance of ICE raids in select U.S. cities and amid a growing humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. Border. In comments following his tour, Pence called upon Congress to take action to begin alleviating the buildup of detained adults and families along the U.S.-Mexico border. "The McAllen stati... Read more

  • House to Vote on Raise the Wage Act
    Posted in In the News on July 12, 2019 | Preview rr

    Jim Lundstrom Door County Pulse New report finds it would raise wages of 27 million workers Twenty-nine states have hourly minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25. Wisconsin has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. Some municipalities have set their own minimum wages higher than state or federal wages, such as San Francisco, which, as of July 1, has an hourly minimum wage of $15.59. Gov. Tony Evers’ budget called for an increase to $8.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020; $9 in 2021; $... Read more

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