Frequent readers of my newsletter know that I recently introduced a bipartisan bill called the Air America Act. You can read more about Air Americans and their heroic contributions to the United States' efforts fighting communism in the South Pacific by clicking here.
I am pleased to report to you that my bill unanimously passed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform this week. The next step for the Air America Act is a vote on the House floor.
Congress has twice passed corrective legislation for other covert CIA-affiliated groups who operated in a similar fashion to Air America. It is not right that they have chosen to ignore Air Americans for so long. These patriots risked their lives, many of them giving their life, fighting communism in the same way members of the Air Force did. I am honored that so many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are joining me to support these heroes. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of Air Americans’ long struggle to receive the recognition they deserve for their service to our country.
P.S. The idea for this legislation was initially brought to me by Oshkosh resident and Air American, Neil Hansen, through the Air America Association. If you don't know Neil's story, click here, it is fascinating.
Stopping Invasive Species of Fish
I recently introduced a bipartisan bill with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Madison), that will help keep Wisconsin’s lakes healthy by restricting the access of invasive species of fish.
Fishways serve an important purpose of preserving and enhancing the populations of desirable, native fish by allowing them a way to travel around dams. However, invasive species use these same fishways to invade rivers and lakes and devastate native species and their habitats.
The state of Wisconsin is currently experiencing this problem. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has ordered the installation of a fishway at the Prairie du Sac dam. Asian Carp, which is an invasive species that can grow nearly three feet in length, have been found at the base of this dam. Installing a fishway in this location would allow the Asian Carp to migrate upstream to the Wisconsin River, Lake Wisconsin and eventually the Great Lakes. This would wreak havoc on the natural environment and threaten the Great Lakes $7 billion fishing industry.
My bill will require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the threats posed by invasive species before mandating a new fishway be built. I believe that we have to do a better job of making smart decisions to conserve and protect our environment, and this bill is a great step in the right direction.
The People's Choice Award
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.
Now, it’s time for you to vote for the People’s Choice Award!
To view all the submissions and vote, please click here or on the picture below. The work of art that receives the most “likes” will be declared the People’s Choice Award winner. Voting ends on Tuesday, June 1 at 5 p.m.
I’m so proud of all the talented young students who submitted these beautiful works of art, so make sure to vote for your favorite and share this link with your family and friends!
I had a great time attending the fundraiser for Doberman Rescue Alliance in Neenah. It was an great to help these dogs in need!
Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and I recently passed a bipartisan amendment to support Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail by making it a unit of the National Park Service. We are thrilled our effort to improve the trail for all Wisconsinites has been recognized by the Wisconsin Nonmotorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council.
I was happy to support the Waldo Lions Club at their annual pork chop dinner!
I visited Trinity Lutheran School of Freistadt in Mequon and spoke with many bright, young students who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Join me in celebration of our Jewish friends and neighbors in Wisconsin, and across the country, for Jewish American Heritage Month.
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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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