Jim Sensenbrenner

Jim Sensenbrenner

WISCONSIN's 5th DISTRICT

Sunday, June 25 2017

2017/06/25

7:00pm: West Bend City Hall

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Sunday, June 11 2017

2017/06/11

7:00pm: Brookfield Public Safety Building

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Sunday, June 4 2017

2017/06/04

7:00pm: Lake Mills Community Center

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Thursday, June 1 2017

2017/06/01

7:00pm: West Allis Public Library

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Sunday, May 21 2017

2017/05/21

7:00pm: Hartland Village Hall

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Sunday, April 30 2017

2017/04/30

1:00pm: Whitewater Municipal Building

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Saturday, April 29 2017

2017/04/29

9:00am: Oconomowoc City Hall
1:00pm: Fort Atkinson Public Library

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Rapid DNA Legislation Passes out of House Judiciary Committee

2017/04/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Rapid DNA Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and is on its way to a full vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

If passed, the Rapid DNA Act would establish a system for the integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement to help reduce the DNA backlog. Unlike traditional DNA analysis, which can take weeks, Rapid DNA analysis permits processing of DNA samples in approximately 90 minutes or less.

This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way in which arrested individuals are enrolled in the criminal justice system, shorten the time required for their DNA to be linked to unsolved crimes, and expedite the exoneration of innocent suspects by giving law enforcement officials a new system that meets FBI quality assurance standards to compare DNA samples collected at the time of an arrest to profiles in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Today’s passage of the Rapid DNA Act out of the House Judiciary Committee is a promising development that brings us one step closer to safer communities throughout the nation. Rapid DNA technology is an effective tool for law enforcement that will help quickly identify arrestees and offenders, as well as reduce the overwhelming backlog in forensic DNA analysis. It will also make crime fighting efforts more efficient and help prevent future crimes from occurring, which saves time and taxpayer dollars. I look forward to this smart legislation moving forward to a vote on the House floor soon.” Read More

New Website, New Way to Serve Constituents

2017/04/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Sensenbrenner released his weekly column about the launch of his new website and how it will increase accessibility and services for constituents:

I take great pride in being accessible to my constituents. I am happy to host more than 100 in-person town hall meetings annually and answer hundreds of thousands of phone calls, emails, and standard mail inquiries each year. With constituent services being at the center of my work, I’m excited to share my new website with you. Launched earlier this week, the updated site makes it even easier and more convenient for constituents to get in touch with me.

My new official website is designed to provide constituents of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District with an attractive, comprehensive resource for information, news, and updates about my legislative efforts both in Washington and back home. This website now boasts a fresh, updated design and makes site navigation easier than ever.

Among the changes are larger text and navigation buttons that are easier to read and identify, drop-down menus that make finding information fast and straightforward, and convenient, highly visible links to my social media accounts for instant access to additional photos, news, and calendar updates. Key constituent services are listed directly on the home page, so my office can assist with these inquiries as quickly as possible.

The site additionally includes an interactive district map and content that is structured for maximum efficiency, reducing the amount of pages visitors must click through to find relevant information.

I am excited that this new website will make it easier than ever before for constituents to access information, contact me with questions and comments, and keep track of my legislative initiatives and accomplishments. I appreciate every opportunity to be accessible to my constituents, and this improved website is just one more way to serve the citizens of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. Read More

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner Launches New Official Website

2017/04/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced the launch of his new official website, which is designed to provide constituents of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District with an attractive, comprehensive resource for information, news, and updates about Congressman Sensenbrenner’s legislative efforts.

The website boasts a fresh, updated design and makes site navigation easier than ever. Among the changes are larger text and navigation buttons that are easier to read and identify, drop-down menus that make finding information fast and straightforward, and convenient, highly visible links to the Congressman’s social media accounts for instant access to additional photos, news, and calendar updates.

Additionally, the site includes an interactive district map and content that is now structured for maximum efficiency, reducing the amount of pages visitors must click through to find relevant information.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “I’m excited to launch this new website because it will make it easier than ever before for constituents to access information, contact me with questions and comments, and keep track of my legislative initiatives and accomplishments. I appreciate every opportunity to be accessible to my constituents, and this improved website is just one more way to serve the citizens of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District.”

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Exclusive: Sanctuary City Activists Urge Officials To Ignore Illegals' Gang, Terror Ties

2017/04/20

Sanctuary city advocates are advising local officials across the country to ignore evidence in government databases linking illegal immigrants to vicious criminal gangs or terrorist groups, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

The advice is included in a 72-page step-by-step manual on thwarting federal immigration laws and regulations. The manual was published in March by the New York-based Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), a left-wing tax-exempt political advocacy group.

The “toolkit” in the Protecting Immigrant Communities manual urges city and county officials across the country to adopt CPD’s “model legislation” or similar ordinances designed to weaken federal efforts to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

Its “model legislation” seeks to protect illegal immigrants who are linked to gang activity or ties to terrorism, saying “the (proposed) ordinance should not exclude people with criminal convictions, or people who appear in law enforcement databases that attempt to track gang activity and terrorism.”

The handbook was compiled in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement of tough enforcement policies on illegal immigrants, which require local governments to obey the law or face the loss of federal funding.

“In the face of these threats, a large and growing movement of advocates, organizers and local governments are developing strategies to support their immigrant communities,” the manual declares.

The CPD is a non-profit first started by unions, including the AFL-CIO. In 2014, the last year financial data is available, the group attracted $11 million in contributions. Fifteen organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the immigrant-rights group CASA, contributed to the manual, and Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, once served as CPD chairman.

The manual provides specific legal language to undermine federal laws, with particular emphasis urging local governments to stop using data from the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and to bar any arrests based on NCIC data.

“In order to protect immigrant communities from unlawful arrests … localities should consider including language prohibiting NCIC arrests in their sanctuary legislation,” the manual recommends.

It assails the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, especially agents assigned to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CPB), agencies on the front-line of Trump’s initiative. It seeks to bar or limit ICE agents from local jails and to end of local government contractual agreements with ICE for the use of local prisons.

“Local governments can significantly limit ICE’s ability to use the criminal justice system for deportation by simply denying ICE access to jail facilities and to individuals incarcerated locally for violations of criminal law,” the guide states.

Neither the CPD nor Townsend responded to multiple request for comment from TheDCNF.

But Ian Prior, a Department of Justice spokesman, told TheDCNF failure to deport criminals living among immigrant communities puts the nation at risk.

“As the Attorney General has said, when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe. Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk – especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators,” Prior said.

GOP Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, echoed a similar theme in a statement to TheDCNF..

“Special interest groups that encourage enforcement officials to ignore the law and look the other way in order to harbor illegal aliens – particularly those who have committed crimes against the United States or its citizens – undermine the authority of Congress and threaten the safety and prosperity of our entire nation,” the Wisconsin Republican said.

“The time is long overdue to ensure that our immigration laws are enforced and that the rule of law is restored,” Sensenbrenner added. “This cannot stand, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and President Trump to solve this serious problem.”

Robert Law, government relations director of the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said people can’t pick and choose which laws to enforce.

“This is basically a manual for how to violate federal law and cherry pick which laws you enforce,” he told TheDCNF.

An executive order signed by Trump imposes financial penalties for cities or counties that don’t cooperate with ICE requests for information on local illegal immigrants.

An immigration statute invoked by Trump prohibits local and state governments from enacting laws that limit communication with ICE or CPB about “information regarding the immigration or citizenship status” of individuals.

The CPD manual, however, points to a loophole to get around the prohibition. Officials are encouraged to not collect data on local immigrant communities because the law “does not require local governments to take any affirmative steps to gather information about immigration status, policies that prohibit the gathering of such information do not violate federal law.  Local governments should take advantage of that fact in developing policies on data collection.”

The manual also encourages city and county officials to bar ICE agents from entering local jails.

“While often overlooked, policies restricting access to jails and to persons in local custody can create a powerful disruption in one of ICE’s most expansive deportation programs. In most jurisdictions, keeping ICE out of the local jails will end up preventing more deportations than all of the other sanctuary policy provisions combined,” the manual states.

The guide further urges local prosecutors to “deviate” from normal prosecutorial procedures with illegal immigrants to minimize charges they may face.

Prosecutors “may use their discretion to deviate from general practice in deciding whether and how to prosecute, settle or otherwise dispose of any case…related to a defendant’s immigration status,” the manual advises.

FAIR’s Law told TheDCNF that CPD’s focus on criminal behavior among illegal immigrants underlines their “hypocrisy. They continue to perpetuate the myth that illegal immigrants are otherwise law abiding.”

But, Law said, “if that’s true, why would these documents encourage these jurisdictions to not rely on criminal databases? They are basically admitting that these illegal aliens are committing additional crimes in addition to their immigration violations.”

The manual justifies the protection of criminals and potential terrorists because the U.S. criminal justice systems “are themselves oppressive, overly punitive and fraught with racial bias.”

They also claim,“The mere fact that an individual is unlawfully in the U.S. is not a criminal offense.”

You can read this piece online here.

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Sensenbrenner: Obamacare is failing Wisconsin

2017/04/18

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that Obamacare is not in the death spiral that Republicans are claiming, and health insurers might soon see profitable years ahead. Those who skim headlines might think, “Republicans are wrong.” However, when you read further you learn why insurers may start profiting from the Obamacare exchanges.
 
The Times article is based on an analysis by Standard & Poor’s which states that the company is seeing the first positive signs in 2016 that the insurance market could be manageable for most health insurers, and that the “market is not in a death spiral.” To many people, that sounds like good news, but what's good for insurance companies isn't necessarily good for consumers. 

Republicans and Democrats alike want to ensure that Americans have access to quality health care, so if the insurance market is stabilizing it’s generally perceived as positive.
 
A stable market means that insurers are operating a healthy risk pool to cover the costs of the ailing while still retaining continuous premium payments from the healthy. The problem is that then-President Obama’s promise that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” is still not being fulfilled.
 
S&P analyst Deep Banerjee notes that insurers are starting to understand the new individual insurance market and therefore have begun to increase their prices to cover costs. They also have significantly narrowed their networks to include fewer doctors and hospitals as a way to lower costs.

Simply stated, insurers are charging individuals more while offering fewer choices and services. This isn’t a positive development for our health system or the American people.
 
You need to look no further than our own state to see Obamacare's negative impact. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average insurance premium increase in Wisconsin this year is 36%. Further, more than 350,000 Wisconsin health care consumers have fewer insurance choices. This trend is not unique to Wisconsin — it’s happening nationwide. 
 
It’s true that our old health insurance system was flawed and needed to be fixed. It allowed for the denial of coverage to those in our society who needed access to health care the most. And of those who could be covered with an illness, they would be charged substantially higher premiums. However, Obamacare’s flawed policies made matters worse.
 
Obamacare placed a mandate on all Americans to purchase health insurance. They were told that they must retain coverage with the promise that they wouldn’t be denied for any reason and that their premiums would have little difference in price from others. The idea being that with all Americans purchasing health insurance, risk pools would be fully funded and those who consume the most in health care services would have continued access to the care they required.

That led to one of Obamacare's biggest failures — an overall lack of participation. Americans who did not require many health care services found that it was cheaper to pay the Obamacare tax penalty for not purchasing insurance rather than paying expensive premiums for a health insurance plan that covered services they didn’t need.
 
S&P’s conclusion that the Obamacare death spiral is a fallacy and that the program is on a successful path is disingenuous, particularly because its own report acknowledges that the only reason insurers are getting closer to financial solvency is because prices have become less affordable. The point of Obamacare was to make health insurance more affordable, and it failed to do so.

Anyone pointing to this report as an “I told you so” to critics of Obamacare should do so with caution, because while the Affordable Care Act may be on a path to greater financial stability, it is only because of limited access to services and dramatic increases in health insurance premiums.
 
This disastrous law is bad for Wisconsin and bad for America, which is why Republicans are working to repeal and replace it with a plan that increases access to coverage, lowers premiums, and provides more options for health care consumers.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017/04/13

10:00am: Johnson Creek Village Hall 

10:45am: Helenville Fire Hall

11:30am: Sullivan Village Hall

1:00pm: Palmyra Village Hall

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Presidential Budget Proposal Concerns

2017/04/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Sensenbrenner released his weekly column about constituents’ concerns over President Trump’s budget proposal:

At nearly every town hall meeting that I’ve held since President Trump released his budget proposal, constituents have raised concerns over various programs and suggested cuts within the proposal. I’d like to speak to this because ultimately, any presidential proposal is little more than a wish list. Congress holds the power of the purse, and when it comes to discretionary spending, Members of Congress carefully consider everything on the table, review current spending levels, and identify spending priorities before passing a budget. 

Currently, our national debt is nearly $20 trillion, making it critical that any budget passed by Congress include significant cuts in order to decrease spending. This will require difficult but necessary decisions about our national priorities. It will not be an easy process, but it must be done for the health and continued success of our country.

Concerning the budget, it’s important to understand what Congress can and cannot do. Federal spending is divided into three categories: discretionary spending, mandatory spending, and interest on the debt.

Discretionary spending is the portion of the national budget that Congress decides through the appropriations process. Things such as funding for federal agencies, military and defense, and international affairs fall in this category. 

Mandatory spending is not included in the annual appropriations process and supports entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Spending levels are determined on eligibility, and can based on how many Americans apply and are approved for benefits. Since mandatory spending is outside the appropriations process, the only way to change spending levels would be for Congress to change eligibility rules. The majority of our federal budget is mandatory spending.

Interest on the debt is the interest our federal government pays on its accumulated debt. This does not include the interest income received by the government for the assets it owns. Concerning our overall budget, America spends the least of its taxpayer dollars on paying back the national debt.

It’s also important to understand that no president, Republican or Democrat, has ever received everything he requested in his budget proposal. That means that most of what is outlined in President Trump’s budget proposal will not pass through Congress without at least some changes.

As Congress begins the appropriations process, I will remain conscientious not only about our rising national debt, but also the necessity of our government programs and the impacts potential cuts will have on such programs. Read More

Wednesday, April 12 2017

2017/04/12

8:30am: Butler Village Hall

9:30am: Lannon Village Hall

10:30am: Merton Village Hall

11:30am: Nashota Village Hall

7:00pm: New Berlin City Hall

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Connecting on Social Media

2017/04/12

I have always placed a high priority on being accessible and accountable to my constituents, which includes being present on social media. It is an important forum for constituents to speak their minds and let me know how they feel about issues and specific legislative efforts. You can be confident... Read More

Town Hall Meetings

2017/04/12

I have held regular in-person town hall meetings since I began serving in the House of Representatives. In fact, I host more than 100 in-person meetings annually. I believe good policy requires input from both sides of the aisle, which is why I ... Read More

Serving the District

2017/04/11

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is working to solve problems you may have with the federal government. These issues can be complicated, frustrating and stressful. Fortunately, we deal with these problems every day. I will advocate on your behalf... Read More

Tuesday, April 11 2017

2017/04/11

9:00am: Waterloo Municipal Building

10:30am: Ixonia Town Hall

11:30am: Ashippun Town Hall

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Welcome to my New Website

2017/04/10

Welcome to my new official website, which I encourage you to explore. It’s full of valuable information and resources, photos, and links to my social media accounts. It also lists upcoming town hall meeting information and contact information for both my Brookfield and Washington, D.C. offices so you can reach me any time. Additionally... Read More

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Sensenbrenner Opening Restoring Enforcement of our Nations Immigration Laws

2017-03-28 15:41:34


Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Introduces the SAFE Justice Act

2015-07-09 18:42:32


Sensenbrenner Urges Passage of Freedom Act

2014-05-22 17:35:42


Sensenbrenner presses Holder on Clapper's perjury

2014-04-09 14:41:35


Sensenbrenner: EPA rulemaking picks pockets of consumers

2014-03-06 20:33:33


Sensenbrenner promotes Private Property Rights Protection Act

2014-02-25 22:56:58


Sensenbrenner Discusses NSA Reform with Neil Cavuto

2014-01-13 21:47:04


Sensenbrenner discusses NSA on America's Newsroom

2013-12-09 16:29:35


Sensenbrenner questions Gina McCarthy on E15

2013-11-15 15:35:38


Sensenbrenner discusses introduction of USA FREEDOM Act

2013-10-30 16:58:33


Sensenbrenner speaks at March on Washington Anniversary

2013-08-28 13:32:13


Sensenbrenner discusses Patriot Act abuses on Happening Now

2013-08-28 13:10:01


Sensenbrenner supports the Amash Amendment

2013-07-25 19:40:44


Sensenbrenner discusses abuses of the Patriot Act

2013-06-18 14:07:30


Sensenbrenner questions FBI Director Mueller on Patriot Act abuses

2013-06-18 14:06:56


Sensenbrenner: AG Holder must explain his testimony

2013-06-18 14:06:01


Sensenbrenner: Holder has lost the trust of the American people

2013-06-18 14:05:40


Sensenbrenner and Cavuto discuss Holder and the Media Surveillance Scandal

2013-06-04 21:31:17


Sensenbrenner Talks to Shannon Bream on America's News HQ

2013-06-03 14:20:56


Sensenbrenner Talks to Megyn Kelly about Holder's Misleading Testimony

2013-05-29 18:53:24


Contact Information

2449 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5101
Fax 202-225-3190
sensenbrenner.house.gov

F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (Jim), represents the Fifth Congressional District of Wisconsin. The Fifth District includes parts of Milwaukee, Dodge and Waukesha counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties.

Jim was born in Chicago and later moved to Wisconsin with his family. He graduated from the Milwaukee Country Day School and did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in political science. He then earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968.

After serving ten years in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Jim ran for a U.S. House seat and was elected in November, 1978. He has been reelected since 1980.

Jim’s current committee assignments include serving on the Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on the Judiciary. Congressman Sensenbrenner is Chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Oversight Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet, and the Subcommittees on Environment and Oversight.

He is the former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and as a long-serving committee member, Jim has established a strong record on crime, intellectual property and constitutional issues. Previously, Jim also served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science, where he solidified his reputation as an independent leader on science issues, as well as oversight.

Throughout his public life, Jim has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve the sanctity of life, eliminate wasteful government spending and protect the interests of American taxpayers. He has regularly been cited by the National Taxpayers Union as one of the most fiscally responsible House Members and is well known for completing his financial disclosure forms down to the penny.

Jim is proud of his many legislative achievements that have helped improve the lives of many during his tenure in Congress.

In 1977, Jim married Cheryl Warren of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a staunch advocate for the rights of the disabled. They have two adult children, Frank and Bob. In his free time, Jim enjoys watching the Packers and reading.


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