I am committed to protecting life from conception to natural death. We have a moral and civic duty to protect those who are voiceless and defenseless, including unborn children. During my service in the Wisconsin Legislature I was a proud two-time recipient of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Legislator of the Year Award and was a consistent supporter of pro-life legislation. I have continued to support legislation that protects the sanctity of all life as I represent you in Congress.
That is why I was shocked by two stories out of the Biden White House this week.
The first was President Biden's plan to encourage Congress to undo the Hyde amendment. This amendment prevents your tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions. Regardless of what side of the aisle you are on, it is unacceptable for the government to take tax dollars away from citizens to pay for a practice that goes against their deeply-held moral and religious beliefs. I joined nearly 200 of my colleagues to unite in opposition to any budget bill that removes Hyde amendment protections because all humans deserve a chance at life.
The second story was President Biden's decision to end the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy instituted by President Trump. This is a policy that 3/4 of Americans agree with. The policy states that no foreign aid money shall go to overseas organizations that provide abortions unless they end this practice. In response to this, 136 of my colleagues and I sent this letter to the President to voice the concerns of the millions of Americans who take issue with their money being sent overseas to abortion providers.
I will always fight for the issues that matter to you, including protecting life. Joe Biden preached "unity" at his inaugural address. Then in his first ten days on the job, he issued more executive orders than any other President, which included pro-abortion measures that went against the will of tens of millions of Americans who have a moral and religious stance against killing a child before they are born.
I have been to our Southern border many times. Whether it is in Texas, Arizona or California, every border patrol agent I speak with tells me that walls work and are essential in helping them stop drug, arms and human trafficking at the border. During my most recent trip to the border, I learned that every two miles without a wall takes four to six agents to cover, as opposed to one agent who can cover the same area with a wall.
Having a wall at our Southern border gives our severely understaffed and underpaid border patrol agents more time to react to the crises they handle daily. These brave men and women work every day to keep Americans safe. They also help protect prospective immigrants from the terrors of the drug cartels on the other side of the border by offering a clear, safe path to America.
With his executive order to stop construction of the wall, President Biden is making the work of our border patrol agents harder and seems to be telling them that they are wrong to want something that helps them better do their job. He has also, with his actions, told the drug cartels that America is fine with porous borders and that we will not be using every tool we have to stop their illicit behavior from affecting Americans.
Last week, I let you know about the letter I sent to House and Senate leadership urging them to allow members of the National Guard in Washington, DC to protect the Capitol the ability to tour the building. For many of them, this is the first time they have been in our nation's capital and for some it will be the only time. It is only fitting that after weeks of long days, these cold, tired and homesick service members be afforded the opportunity to tour the building they came here to protect.
I am pleased to report that my letter was well-received and this week, members of the National Guard were able to tour the Capitol in small, socially distanced groups with professional Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) tour guides.
Thanks again to these brave men and women for your service to our country. I know you have to put your lives on hold to serve, and your dedication has not gone unnoticed. Please do not hesitate to call on me if you ever need my assistance.
P.S. I cosponsored a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressmen Steve Womack (R-AR) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) to honor members of the National Guard serving in Washington, DC to protect the Capitol. You can read more by clicking here.
My Committee Assignments for th 117th Congress
I am pleased to announce that I will be serving on three committees this Congress:
House Committee on Oversight and Reform
House Committee on Education and Labor
House Committee on the Budget
I have served on all of these committees in the past and look forward to continuing to work for you.
I successfully fought for more funding toward researching Neurofibromatosis, which affects roughly 1 in 3000 Americans. Thanks to the Littlest Tumor Foundation for speaking with me this week, and for all your hard work and advocacy. We still have work to do!
At the Waushara County Towns Association meeting, I gave an update on what to expect from Congress this year and how I am fighting for pro-worker, pro-business policies that will keep Wisconsin Working.
On Wednesday, we recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day. We remember and honor all the men, women and children who suffered and died during the Holocaust and in the years after.
As we come together in celebration of National School Choice Week, we’re grateful for Wisconsin parents’ ability to choose the best K-12 education option for their children, including public schools, charter schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling.
2020 was a year unlike any other, but my office never stopped working for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact my Fond du Lac or Washington, DC office if you need my assistance.
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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