Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) sent the following letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen in response to complaints from a large number of constituents struggling to file their taxes as a result of shortcomings by the IRS.
Dear Commissioner Koskinen:
I am writing about an important matter that has been brought to my attention by taxpayers in the 5th District.
Recently, I have heard from my constituents that are having difficulties upholding their civic duty to pay their federal taxes. The problem they have identified stems from an apparent recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) policy change to no longer supply hard copies of IRS forms and instructions in a reasonable way. If a taxpayer does not have internet access, and therefore will file a paper return, the taxpayer must call a toll free number to request that the form(s) be sent via US Postal Service; or, must visit a local library to access the IRS website, download and print the form (numbers of print copies of tax products IRS previously sent to libraries and post offices have been dramatically reduced); or hire a tax professional to file their return. In addition to great inconvenience, these options are costly to taxpayers.
In fact, IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, the booklet containing instructions important to many taxpayers as they prepare their returns, is not available in print from the IRS. Instead, it must be ordered through the Government Printing Office for a cost of $23.00. To make matters worse, many who have tried to order forms through the IRS form hotline cannot get through, nor can they reach anyone on the general tax advice hotline. This severely hinders them from receiving important tax law advice to ensure their returns comport with IRS issued rules and current tax law.
I am inquiring as to what steps are being taken to remedy this problem and ensure all taxpayers are given a fair chance to fully understand the law. In its mission statement, the IRS acknowledges that it exists to “provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.” At this point, it appears the IRS is falling woefully short of its own stated objectives. To say the least, these reports are concerning and raise questions about whether the IRS is taking this situation seriously or playing politics with budget cuts.
While I realize that many federal agencies, including the IRS, have experienced reduced funding levels, we owe it to taxpayers to assist them in fulfilling their obligation to file their taxes correctly on time.Read More
Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Menomonee Falls) announced today that sixteen students from Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District have received nominations to the US Service Academies.
“I continue to be impressed with the caliber of area students who apply through my office for a service academy nomination,” Sensenbrenner said. “These young men and women have established strong records as leaders in their communities in addition to excelling academically and athletically. I congratulate all of the nominees and wish them the best of luck on all their future endeavors.”
Nominees for the United States Service Academies were chosen from an impressive group of qualified applicants residing throughout Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. The Congressman’s Academy Selection Committee put forth its recommendations for nomination after reviewing each individual candidate and conducting in-person interviews.
Of the sixteen students, three have been named principal nominees. If a principal nominee meets the academic, physical, and medical standards set by the academy, they are assured an offer of appointment to the academy. If a principal nominee does not qualify or chooses not to attend, the alternates compete for the vacancy. Alternates are also part of a pool of applicants from which the academies will select the incoming class.
Andrew Kitzhaber of Watertown has been named a principal nominee to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY. Andrew, son of Peter and Michelle Kitzhaber, is a senior at Watertown High School.
Julia Miller of Waukesha has been named a principal nominee to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She has also been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY; the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Julia, daughter of Brent and Elizabeth Miller, is a senior at Brookfield Academy.
Avery Preston of Hartland has been named a principal nominee to attend the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Avery, daughter of Eric and Michelle Preston, is a senior at Arrowhead High School.
Competing Alternate Nominees from Jefferson County:
James Nachtigal of Fort Atkinson has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY. James, son of Terry and Julie Nachtigal, is currently attending the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in West Point, NY.
Michael Resnick of Cambridge has been nominated to attend the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Michael, son of Gary and Jennifer Resnick, is a senior at Cambridge High School.
Competing Alternate Nominee from Milwaukee County:
Colton Gingrass of Wauwatosa has been nominated to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, as well as the US Military Academy in West Point, NY. Colton, son of Charles and Kimberly Gingrass, is a senior at Marquette University High School.
Competing Alternate Nominees from Washington County:
Curtis Peters of Hartford has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY as well as the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Curtis, son of Jason and Erin Peters, is a senior at Hartford Union High School.
McKenzie Rosenthal of Kewaskum has been nominated to attend the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. McKenzie, daughter of Scott and Cammie Rosenthal, is a senior at Kewaskum High School.
Competing Alternate Nominees from Waukesha County:
Maria Carter of Oconomowoc has been nominated to attend the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Maria, daughter of Paul and Angelique Carter, is currently attending the Greystone Preparatory School at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX.
Naomi Dawood of Brookfield has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY; the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Naomi, daughter of Mohammed and Karryn Dawood, is a senior at Brookfield Central High School.
Daniel Lee of Brookfield has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Daniel, son of Ernie and Robyn Lee, is a senior at Brookfield Central High School.
Emily Lowerr of Brookfield has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY; the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Emily, daughter of Briane and Renee Lowerr, is a senior at Brookfield Central High School.
Christian McMiller of Waukesha has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Christian, son of James and Roberta McMiller, is a senior at Arrowhead High School.
Nicholas Patnode of Oconomowoc has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Nicholas, son of Donald and Ann Marie Patnode, is a senior at Kettle Moraine High School.
Benjamin Peterson of Brookfield has been nominated to attend the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Benjamin, son of Dean and Lori Peterson, is a senior at Brookfield Central High School.
Lukas Texeira of Waukesha has been nominated to attend the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Lukas, son of David and Lisa Texeira, is a senior at Waukesha West High School.
Congressman Sensenbrenner is currently accepting nomination applications from Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District for those who would like to enter any United States Service Academy in the summer of 2016. Inquiries concerning this process can be made to the Congressman’s District Office in Brookfield at (262) 784-1111, or online at www.sensenbrenner.house.gov.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) tonight gave the below statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The White House warned that President Obama was going to give a ‘defiant’ speech, and that’s what he did. In November, the American people spoke loud and clear, in what was nothing short of a land-slide election. But instead of attempting to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans, the President dug in his heels—laying the groundwork for a Do-Nothing White House. This is a real shame.”Read More
With increasing numbers of Americans falling victim to drug addiction and overdoses from heroin and opiates, U.S. Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) today introduced bipartisan legislation that could help turn the tide in the struggle against this epidemic.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2014 would provide a series of incentives and resources designed to encourage states and local communities to advance a continuum of proven strategies to combat addiction. Among other things, the bill would expand prevention and education efforts to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and promote treatment and recovery. It would also strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Too many Wisconsinites are falling into the addiction trap. With a 350 percent increase in collected heroin samples reported by the State Crime Laboratory and growing alarm within Wisconsin’s law enforcement community, this is a very real problem that we cannot ignore. It must be addressed effectively and expeditiously. With this legislation, we have an opportunity to build on proven methods that enable law enforcement to respond to this epidemic and support long-term recovery by connecting prevention and education efforts with treatment programs.”
Congressman Scott: “I am deeply concerned with the growth of heroin and prescription painkiller addiction across the nation. Something must be done at the federal level to address this issue and I believe the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is the answer. This legislation would look at the problem from all angles – from prevention efforts to overdose medication and recovery – in order to stem this epidemic which is taking the lives of 114 people per day.”
This bill is the companion to the Senate’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 2839, introduced in September 2014 by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Pat Leahy (D-Vt.).
The legislation is supported by 93 organizations, including the National District Attorneys Association, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), Faces and Voices of Recovery, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, among others.Read More
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, by a vote of 404-17. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) cosponsored and voted in favor of the measure. This bill allows individuals with disabilities to create a new tax-preferred account for short and long-term expenses.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: "As a steadfast advocate for the disabled, my wife Cheryl has long-fought to ensure all Americans with disabilities can lead normal and fulfilling lives. Disabled herself, her resolve inspired me to do everything in my power to help others with disabilities.
“The ABLE Act will expand opportunities for disabled individuals by enabling them to pursue higher education and gainful employment. It will empower them to be self-sufficient and reach their full potential. Cheryl has never let her disability hold her back, and with the passage of this bill, many others with disabilities will be able to do the same.
“I was proud to support this important legislation and urge the Senate to pass it expeditiously.”Read More
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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.
Sensenbrenner Announces US Service Academy Nominees from the 5th District http://t.co/MKPPjCUewc
Rep. Sensenbrenner fielded a wide range of questions during a town hall meeting in Fort Atkinson. http://t.co/dQeScTJVVa
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