I provide you with updates on the crisis at our Southern border often because it is a topic that doesn't get nearly enough attention from the mainstream media, but is critically important. It's also a crisis that can be solved with the right policy measures. We can both encourage people seeking to immigrate here to do so legally and keep the drug cartels from controlling the border. Some politicians in Washington don't want to do that because it would mean working together.
It has been more than 100 days since my colleagues and I first called on House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to hold a bipartisan hearing on the border crisis. As of writing this, she has still refused.
I used my time in another Oversight Committee hearing to question Jim Carroll, former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, about the massive increase in the amount of illegal fentanyl coming into the United States. The topic of the hearing was the opioid crisis, and as the data shows, prescription opioid addiction sometimes leads to people trying other illegal drugs. As more fentanyl has been seized by border patrol in 2021 than all of 2020, I wanted to know if officials are aware of the increasing amount of deadly fentanyl coming into the country to figure out how we can work together to stop it. Former Director Carroll revealed not only that they are aware of the increased amount of fentanyl, but since marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states, cartels have increased the amount of other hard drugs they are smuggling into the country, like methamphetamine and cocaine.
I hope that this hearing will be eye-opening for Chairwoman Maloney, and help her realize that people are dying because of President Biden's callous border policies that prioritize politics over people.
P.S. For perspective, this is a lethal dose of fentanyl for most people. You can read more about fentanyl from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is a division of the National Institute of Health, by clicking here.
Town Hall Meetings
Thank you to everyone from Waushara, Marquette, Columbia, and Dodge Counties who joined my telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday evening. We discussed topics like the crisis at the Southern border, inflation stemming from reckless government spending, and how the increased $300/week unemployment insurance is keeping too many Americans from returning to work.
One of my main goals in Congress is to stay connected to you so I can best represent your interests in Washington. That is why I have held many telephone town hall meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as three safe, socially distanced town hall meetings in Sheboygan Falls, Manitowoc and Mt. Calvary last year.
I am excited to announce that I will once again be holding more frequent in-person town hall meetings starting in August. The locations and dates have not yet been finalized, but I wanted to let you know that we will be resuming a normal town hall schedule.
As always, I will be announcing locations and dates of in-person town hall meetings through my weekly E-newsletter. Please forward this message to anyone you know who would be interested in attending one of my meetings so they can subscribe!
It was great to speak with the Fond du Lac Towns Association about how my work in Washington affects Wisconsin's towns, and what Congress can do to better serve them.
I had a wonderful time in Plymouth at the “From Cheeseville to the Cheese Capital of the World” ribbon cutting for the historic Plymouth Gateway Arch!
Congratulations to Jonah and Will for earning the rank of Eagle Scout! It was a pleasure to celebrate this achievement with these young men at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Menasha.
Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of D-Day, where more than 150,000 troops risked their lives on a mission that turned the tide of WWII and ultimately secured our victory. Thank you to the brave soldiers who risked and gave their lives on June 6, 1944.
Widespread financial problems loom over many long-term care facilities in the U.S. due to COVID-19. I joined this bipartisan letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to do all he can to make sure our loved ones in these facilities continue to receive the care they deserve.
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Carron Net Company in Two Rivers is a fourth generation family owned business, manufacturing netting and fabrics for Wisconsin schools, businesses, and families. It was a pleasure to tour their plant!
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I was proud to see how quickly, efficiently, thoroughly, and professionally 911 dispatchers in Fond du Lac answer calls from citizens in need. Thank you for showing me your top-notch operation!
I had a productive meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to discuss the importance of our continued support for our ally, Israel.
I met with farm owners from Sheboygan, Marshfield, Green Bay, Cedar Grove, Fond du Lac, and Middleton who are members of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative to discuss the future of the agriculture industry in Wisconsin.
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As your Congressman, I’m here to serve you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to my offices in Fond du Lac and Washington. If you enjoyed this newsletter, be sure to forward it to your family and friends so they can stay informed on what I’m doing in Washington and the 6th District, and let them know that they can subscribe by clicking here.
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