What's Ahead 1. TikTok's National Security Concerns. 2. Real ID Deadline Extension. 3. Weekly Roundup. 4. My Contact Information.
1. TikTok's National Security Concerns.
2. Real ID Deadline Extension.
3. Weekly Roundup.
4. My Contact Information.
TikTok's National Security Concerns
TikTok is advertised as a social network where users view and share short videos, and it has grown to be wildly popular in the United States, especially among younger Americans. Many users on TikTok spend hours consuming the news, communicating with friends, and sharing content on the platform.
Just like other social media companies, TikTok absorbs an immense amount of information about American citizens. So, just like other platforms, data security and transparency is imperative. Since its rapid ascension among social apps, however, TikTok has become controversial because its owner, ByteDance, is a Chinese company and is therefore bound by Chinese law to comply with the intelligence agencies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
By virtue of the CCP governing TikTok, this creates a national security concern as the data of millions of Americans is left exposed to Communist China. By permitting and promoting TikTok inside the United States, the CCP has a deceptive tool to mine the sensitive personal information, including internet browsing data, keystrokes, and location information, of individual American users.
It is the responsibility of government to protect its people from foreign adversaries. To protect against sensitive data being left vulnerable to the CCP, I recently cosponsored legislation to prohibit the use of TikTok on all federal government-owned devices in the interest of national security.
On the state level, Maryland, Texas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, have already acknowledged the growing national security threat posed by TikTok due to its data gathering operations on behalf of the CCP and have acted in defense of their citizens by banning TikTok from government devices.
That is why I have also joined Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and the entire Wisconsin Republican Congressional delegation on a letter to Governor Evers urging him to follow the lead of his fellow governors and ban the use of TikTok on government devices in Wisconsin.
Click the image above to read the full letter
The Extension to Secure a Real ID
Beginning May 7, 2025, in order to fly within the U.S., visit a military base or other federal building, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers will require your identification to be REAL ID-compliant. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently extended the REAL ID full enforcement deadline by 24 months from May of 2023 to May 7, 2025.
The goal of the new DHS public awareness campaign, “Be Your Real ID Self,” is to ensure all people are who they claim to be.
The key feature to make a Wisconsin ID REAL ID-compliant is that it marked with a star in the upper-right hand corner. Non-compliant cards state “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES” in that same space. At this time, Wisconsin offers both REAL ID-compliant and non-compliant driver's licenses and ID cards. Be mindful of this distinction because they look similar.
If you aren’t sure your driver’s license or ID card is REAL ID-compliant, you can check here.
I urge you to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card prior to the May 7, 2025 deadline.
Valid U.S. passports, or another acceptable form of federal identification, can be used in place of a REAL ID-compliant card. Click here for more information on Transportation Safety Administration approved documents.
On Wednesday, we came together in unity to honor and remember the 2,403 servicemembers and civilians taken from us during the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Since I was in Wisconsin during National Bible Week, I joined my friend Congressman Doug Lamborn on the House floor this week to discuss the Holy Bible and its important role in American history.
Enjoyed my time celebrating the Hmong New Year in Sheboygan!
Due to President Biden's tax-and-spend policies, inflation is boosting household expenses and slashing the value of paychecks. Next year, House Republicans will prioritize cutting wasteful spending to lower the cost of living for American families.
Thanks to the Wisconsin Hospital Association for meeting with me to discuss improving healthcare in Wisconsin.
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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