Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) today introduced the ATF Elimination Act, which would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and merge its exclusive duties into existing federal agencies. The legislation also calls for an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF and requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to (1) eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste to the maximum extent possible, and (2) report to Congress with a detailed plan on how the transition will take place.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Washington should be responsible stewards of the American taxpayers’ money. While all too often that is not the case, this is a good government bill to streamline agency activity at DOJ—increasing effectiveness while decreasing cost. The ATF is a largely duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges and a lack of leadership. For decades it has been branded by high profile failures. There is also significant overlap with other agencies. At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, waste and redundancy within our federal agencies must be addressed. Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently.”
The ATF Elimination Act would transfer enforcement of firearms, explosives and arson laws to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products would be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). No later than 180 days after enactment, the DEA and FBI must submit to the Congress a plan for winding up the affairs of the ATF. Field offices and other buildings/assets of the ATF will be transferred to the FBI and it will have one year to report excess property to the General Services Administration (GSA).Read More
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) sent the following letter to Senators Reid and McConnell today, urging them to move the USA FREEDOM Act:
Dear Senators Reid and McConnell,
As you know, Senator Leahy and I introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to reform the National Security Agency and strengthen Congressional oversight of the intelligence community. These reforms are a necessary response to NSA overreach and the unnecessary intrusion into the lives of innocent Americans.
While Senator Leahy and I both hold sacred the personal liberties afforded by the Constitution, neither of us are naïve to the threats we face as a nation. In my view, drafting and negotiating the FREEDOM Act has been less about balancing freedom and security than about recognizing that neither freedom nor security should be compromised. The FREEDOM Act is a legislative solution that recognizes this truth.
That we succeeded is evident from the bill’s supporters. The FREEDOM Act is backed by liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. More importantly, it has the support of both the intelligence community and the country’s staunchest privacy advocates. In a letter to Senator Leahy, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Attorney General Eric Holder wrote, “the Intelligence Community believes that [the FREEDOM Act] preserves essential Intelligence Community capabilities; and the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence support your bill and believe that it is a reasonable compromise that enhances privacy and civil liberties and increases transparency.”
Senator Leahy’s most recent draft, which I fully endorse, has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and countless other privacy advocates and technology companies.
This coming together of the intelligence community and privacy advocates is historic.
It would be a critical mistake not to take advantage of this coalition. Without Congressional action, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act will sunset next June. Many privacy advocates believe they will have increased leverage next year as the sunset approaches. Some of their proposed reforms, however, are redlines for the Administration. As a result, there is no guarantee that the coalition we built can be rebuilt. The cost could be losing privacy protections, improved transparency, and important intelligence gathering tools.
The House has already passed the USA FREEDOM Act. I urge the Senate to follow suit. It is past time to secure the Constitutional rights of American citizens and restore the country’s faith in its intelligence community.Read More
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) announced today that he is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in a nomination to attend the United States Air Force, Military, Naval or Merchant Marine Academies in the summer of 2015.
Applications can be accepted from those who are United States citizens with residency in Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District; at least 17 years old, but not past their 23rd birthday as of July 1, 2015; and have reached their senior year of high school.
Upon receiving a completed application, candidates will be interviewed by a member of the Congressman’s Academy Selection Committee, comprised of community leaders from around the area. The interview will be a full assessment of the candidate’s leadership potential, character, motivation and interests. Based on the recommendations of his committee, the Congressman will then make his nominations to the Academies. The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
“As a Member of Congress, I have the privilege and honor of nominating to our service academies outstanding young men and women from the Fifth Congressional District,” said Sensenbrenner. “I encourage anyone interested in pursuing a nomination to contact my Brookfield office to request an application.”
Congressman Sensenbrenner’s District Office is located at 120 Bishops Way, Room 154, Brookfield, WI 53005 and can be reached by phone at (262) 784-1111. Academy nomination information is available on the Congressman’s website at Sensenbrenner.house.gov.Read More
President Barack Obama has announced that he will act on legislation authored by U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) to posthumously award Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing with the Medal of Honor. Lt. Cushing, a Wisconsin-born Civil War hero, played a key role in securing a victory for the Union in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Congressman Kind: “Even after more than 150 years, it’s never too late to do the right thing for our war heroes. Lt. Cushing richly deserves his Medal of Honor, and as a Wisconsinite and an American I feel honored to have helped lead the effort in Congress to make this happen.”
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “I am pleased that First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing will finally receive our nation’s highest military honor. Awarding the Medal of Honor to Lt. Cushing, a native of Delafield, Wisconsin, culminates more than two decades of bipartisan work and is long overdue. Lt. Cushing was a courageous leader who at just 22 years of age, gave his life to protect our sovereign nation at the Battle of Gettysburg. His exceptional bravery and determination on the battlefield should serve as an inspiration to us all.”
A native of Delafield, WI, Alonzo Cushing’s actions on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg helped turn the tide during Pickett’s Charge. Three days into the battle on July 3, 1863, Cushing and the 110 men under his command received the full force of Confederate artillery and Pickett’s Charge of 13,000 infantry. Over the course of just a few hours, all of his officers had been killed and Cushing himself was badly injured. Continuing to fight, he sustained two more wounds before succumbing to his wounds on the field of battle.
The legislation passed by Congress made it possible to waive the requirement that recommendations for the Medal of Honor be made within two years of the heroic action, and awarded within three years. Lt. Cushing’s medal can now be awarded, having received the recommendation of the Department of Defense and the approval of the President. Earlier this year, Reps. Kind and Sensenbrenner sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel requesting his prompt attention to Lt. Cushing’s record.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.
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Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently. http://t.co/z9x7xIuUOL
The ATF is a largely duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission. http://t.co/z9x7xIuUOL