On the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day, President Joe Biden unveiled his budget proposal for 2022. His plan outlines $6 trillion of spending over the course of one year. This represents a 36% increase in spending over 2019 (pre-pandemic) and comes at a time when our country is over $28 trillion in debt.
It's hard to believe that someone entrusted with the well-being of our country would propose such a reckless plan that will drive our country even deeper into debt. Every cent of this debt needs to be repaid, so the U.S. cannot afford to continue this spiral into debt, essentially buying things today with a credit card in the name of our children and grandchildren. It is immoral to rob them of financial freedom tomorrow to score cheap political points today.
I have opposed spending bills in the past that were not as egregious as this $6 trillion plan, and if it came to the House floor for a vote today, I would vehemently oppose it.
Here are a few of the most concerning provisions:
Raises taxes on working-class Americans by allowing President Trump's tax cuts to expire.
Raises the corporate tax rate above that of Communist China.
Continues the elevated Unemployment Insurance that is keeping workers on the sidelines.
No increase in funding for border security at the height of a crisis.
Abandons the Hyde Amendment, which means your tax dollars could be used to fund abortions.
Includes provisions that catapult us closer to government-run health care.
Earmarks at least $780 billion for Green New Deal initiatives.
Redistributes wealth to people deemed by the Biden Administration as more deserving.
Includes no pathway to balance the budget.
Over the next decade, budget deficits would total $14.5 trillion.
We are already feeling the effects of inflation due to the massive amount of government spending in the last few months, and the President's budget will not help ease this burden. He needs to understand that inflation is really a hidden tax on working-class Americans and their families. The super-rich won't feel the effects of $3/gallon gas, but when people like the welder in Grafton, the police officer in Oshkosh, and manufacturing worker in Wautoma have to spend $50 each time they fill their tank because government spending has devalued the dollar, it takes a toll.
My colleagues and I on the House Oversight Committee are leading the effort to address this problem. We have attempted to start the conversation with the White House by sending a letter to Brian Deese, President Biden's National Economic Council Director, asking him for the President's plan to reduce this burden on working Americans. You can read the full letter by clicking here.
Congressional Art Competition
Each year, high school students around Wisconsin’s Sixth District submit works of art to the Artistic Discovery Competition. The winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year in an exhibit that features winners from other congressional districts across the U.S.
A few weeks ago, this year's entries were displayed at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, where Shannon Kupfer, the Center's Curator, chose the winners.
I am excited to announce them here:
1st Place: "Enigma" by Emily Swanson of Kiel High School. This will hang in the U.S. Capitol until next year's competition.
"Enigma" by Emily Swanson
2nd Place: "Painting" by Gabe Cupery of Central Wisconsin Christian School. This will hang in my Washington, DC office until next year's competition.
"Painting" by Gabe Cupery
3rd Place: "Beyond the Light" by Haley Thoeny of Lodi High School. This will hang in my Fond du Lac office until next year's competition.
"Beyond the Light" by Haley Thoeny
I also showcase these artists' work by holding the annual "People's Choice Award", where you can vote on which work of art you like best. Last week, I announced the "People's Choice Award" competition. You went to Facebook to vote and the results are in. Congratulations to Emily Sanders of Mishicot High School for her work "Exotic Colors".
"Exotic Colors" by Emily Sanders
I hope you had a happy and safe Memorial Day. Thank you to all men and women who have served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure America remains the land of the free.
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I let these officers from FCI Oxford know that I am a member of the House Bureau of Prisons Reform Caucus, so I will make sure their concerns are heard as I continue to push for improvements at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in sending this letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack because schools should continue to provide children with milk and flavored milk, which are nutritious, nutrient-rich options in the cafeteria.
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects millions of Americans, including many of our nation’s brave veterans. This June, join me in raising awareness during PTSD Awareness Month.
Our Wisconsin cheese makers produce the best cheese in the world. On Friday, we celebrated the great taste of cheese and the important role it plays in Wisconsin's economy.
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