What's Ahead 1. Disability Employment Awareness Month. 2. Safeguarding U.S. Intelligence from China. 3. Weekly Roundup. 4. My Contact Information.
1. Disability Employment Awareness Month.
2. Safeguarding U.S. Intelligence from China.
3. Weekly Roundup.
4. My Contact Information.
Disability Employment Awareness Month
As an advocate for individuals with disabilities, I welcome you to join me in celebrating the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities in Wisconsin and nationwide. October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which provides us with an opportunity to recognize the great value individuals with disabilities bring to our communities — as well as the joy, growth, and fulfillment they gain from having a job.
Many individuals with disabilities find employment at Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs). CRPs are often non-profit organizations who provide individuals with disabilities with jobs, along with the support they need to succeed in the workplace. They are great places to not only earn a paycheck and the dignity that comes with having a job, but they also provide an environment for those employed to interact with their peers and gain valuable social skills and friendships.
I have visited nearly every CRP in Wisconsin’s Sixth District, such as Lakeside Packaging in Oshkosh, Ascend Services in Manitowoc, Green Valley Enterprises in Beaver Dam, RCS Empowers in Sheboygan, Fox River Industries in Berlin, and Northwoods, Inc. in Portage. I’ve had the privilege to see their great workplaces, meet the dedicated employees, and speak with the individuals with disabilities who love working there.
My support for individuals with disabilities led me to meet Yael Kerzan, a young woman from the Sixth District who is an advocate for increased work opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Because Yael has a job at a CRP and a retail store, she understands that her peers want and deserve to have every employment option made available to them, and the right to choose employment that best fits their needs.
Yael was referred to a CRP 19 years ago by her local vocational rehabilitation agency. It has been invaluable for young people like Yael to have the choice and flexibility to work in a fulfilling job that provides them with work experience, financial compensation, friends, and the dignity they deserve as vital members of our communities.
Since then, however, the Department of Education issued a regulation and guidance that left local agencies confused, which has led many to no longer refer people like Yael to jobs in CRPs.
Together, Yael and I are working to fix these regulations and give people with disabilities the maximum flexibility and options when looking for a job that fits their needs and goals.
Now is the time to restore the full array of options available to these unique, valuable, hardworking individuals who so deserve it. I hope you’ll join me in advocating for their success.
Me with Yael (middle) and her parents
Safeguarding U.S. Intelligence from China
As Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on National Security, I am working to ensure the American people are safe and secure. This Subcommittee has specific jurisdiction over national security and homeland security.
This week, Congressman James Comer (R-KY), Ranking Member of the entire House Oversight Committee, and I teamed up to call for answers from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding their efforts to remove Chinese-made equipment from our cellular network, and request a classified briefing from the Pentagon on the military's network security, with specific regard to the tools it has in place to protect against cyber surveillance by foreign governments.
We requested this information after learning that Huawei, a Chinese company with direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), still has equipment being used on our cellular network, despite reports that their equipment could be used to gain access to our communications. Action must quickly be taken by the Department of Defense and FCC to remove the Huawei equipment from our cellular network and protect the security of individual Americans, as well as our national security.
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It’s an honor to be recognized by the American Energy Alliance for my strong record of promoting American-made energy!
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Thank you to New Hope Christian School for inviting me into your halls to see how you are improving the lives of our youth in Neenah and the Sixth District.
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It was great to be in Sheboygan Falls to celebrate the opening of Poly Vinyl Co.’s second plant in the Sixth District!
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 Sixth District.
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