What's Ahead 1. This Week's Town Halls. 2. Eagle Scouts in the Sixth District. 3. Biden's Student Loan Decision. 4. Weekly Roundup. 5. My Contact Information.
1. This Week's Town Halls.
2. Eagle Scouts in the Sixth District.
3. Biden's Student Loan Decision.
4. Weekly Roundup.
5. My Contact Information.
This Week's Town Halls
This week, I held town hall meetings in Sheboygan Falls, Cedarburg, Rosendale, and Omro. Thank you to everyone who attended! I always enjoy giving you a detailed update on what Congress is working on and hearing which issues are affecting you. Stay tuned into my weekly E-newsletter for further information on my next round of town hall meetings when it becomes available.
Eagle Scouts in the Sixth District
Earning the rank of Eagle Scout demonstrates perseverance, discipline, and bravery. By accepting the responsibilities of troop leadership, Eagle Scouts have all the tools necessary to succeed throughout their lives.
I always enjoy attending Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies around the Sixth District. It is an honor to meet the scouts and their families and present them with a certificate of special Congressional recognition. Eagle Scouts work extremely hard for their badges, and I look forward to seeing how they serve their communities in the years ahead.
If you would like me to attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony in the Sixth District, please contact my office in Fond du Lac with details by calling (920) 907-0624.
Congressman Grothman pictured with Leo Freund and his family at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Fond du Lac in December 2021
Biden's Student Loan Decision
On Wednesday, President Biden announced he will be "cancelling" $10,000 in outstanding federal student loan debt for millions of Americans, $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, and extending the pause on payments through December 31, 2022. As a result, taxpaying Americans, many of whom never went to college or paid back their loans in full, will be stuck with a tab of hundreds of billions of dollars.
Every month loan payments are on pause costs the taxpayers $4.3 billion, and no borrower has been required to pay a dime on federal student loans since the beginning of the pandemic, over two years ago. According to the Penn Wharton Budget Model, 70 percent of relief will be enjoyed by the top 60 percent of earners. In total, the cancellation, combined with the extension of the payment pause and an "income-driven repayment plan" proposal, is estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $500 billion, adding to our national debt and deficit.
While consumer prices rise at 40-year highs, these inflationary policies are indefensible. Why is the upper echelon of income-earners benefitting at the expense of working-class Americans?
Aside from the economic implications of such a decision, President Biden's move raises serious concerns regarding the powers designated to the Executive Branch under the Constitution and the President’s legal authority to implement this policy. Through past executive actions, however, President Biden has demonstrated that he's willing to convolute the rights of the Oval office to score a political victory.
As of last year, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, agrees. In July of 2021, Speaker Pelosi declared, "People think that the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not. [...] That has to be an act of Congress.” In light of President Biden's blatant executive overreach, I signed a letter to the Speaker asking for her to act in defense of our Constitution and the powers of the legislative branch.
Additionally, I introduced the Fairness for Responsible Borrowers Act to protect Americans from this shortsighted policy by clarifying that the President does not have the authority to unilaterally cancel student loan debt without Congress. Americans who did not opt to take out debt or paid theirs back in full should not be held liable for the student loan payments of millions of Americans nationwide.
Congratulations to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Blossom IDD, Port Washington State Bank, and the Saukville Community Food Pantry for receiving an Ozaukee Impact Award presented by the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. It was my honor to also present a Congressional commendation to recognize your contributions to the Sixth District.
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KinderCare helps educate the next generation in the Sixth District. It was great to spend time with these future leaders of America in Cedarburg this week.
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Donating one pint of blood can help save up to three lives. There are always people in need of blood, and it can be done safely thanks to medical professionals, which is why I visited the Oshkosh Community Blood Center to donate last week.
Thanks to the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association for meeting with me in Fond du Lac!
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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