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From defending America's Dairyland and standing strong with the Holy Land, to speaking directly with you about important issues at local Town Halls, there's a lot going on! So let's get right to it.
AMERICA'S DAIRYLAND: I'm honored to be named a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Dairyland Caucus. In this new position, I'll be able to continue to fight for all Wisconsin farmers, and work with my colleagues of both parties to strengthen our agricultural policies. Click HERE or the image below to read my about my new role in the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus.
STANDING WITH ISRAEL: To reaffirm our special and strategic relationship with Israel, I sent a letter to President-Elect Trump, asking him to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The bipartisan letter was signed by more than 100 of my colleagues. Click HERE or below to view WJFW's coverage of our strongest ally in the middle east, Israel.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN TOWN HALL MEETINGS: As we start this Congress with a new Administration, I want to hear about your priorities. Whether it be Obamacare, tax reform, our border, or another critical issue we must tackle, it’s important we get a chance to chat in person at one of our Town Hall meetings. Click HERE or the images below to see more from our recent town halls in Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties.
Until next week!
Monday, January 16th
Ashland County Town Hall in Butternut
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Butternut Town Hall building
301 Michigan St.
Butternut, WI 54514
Bayfield County Town Hall in Cable
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Lakewood’s Resort 21540 County Road M
Cable, Wisconsin 54821
Douglas County Town Hall in Solon Springs
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Solon Springs Community Center
11523 S Business 53
Solon Springs, WI 54873
Town Halls open to media and the public.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) is now a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus. The Caucus is group of Members of Congress dedicated to educating other members on the importance of the dairy industry to the United States economy. The caucus will also work to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the United States House of Representatives and the dairy industry.
Congressman Duffy released the following statement on his new co-chairmanship:
“My new role on the Dairy Farmers Caucus will allow me to be even more involved in the policy affecting one of the biggest industries in our state. I’m proud to be supported by state and national dairy groups on my new position, and I look forward to working with them and my colleagues in Congress for the benefit of all Wisconsin farmers.”
Dairy groups in Wisconsin and around the country applaud Congressman Duffy’s new co-chairmanship of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus:
“Congressman Sean Duffy's selection as co-chair of the dairy farmer caucus is a great win for Wisconsin's dairy farmers. With dairy farmers facing current challenges such as low market prices, the need for immigration reform and export market challenges, they will be looking to Congressman Duffy to help guide meaningful dairy policy in order to keep our dairy farms strong and growing. This year will start the 2018 Farm Bill discussions and now, more than ever, we need Congressman Duffy's strong voice and advocacy for Wisconsin's dairy farmers.” – Jim Holte, President of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.
“Rep. Duffy has been a stalwart supporter of the dairy industry since he first came to Congress in 2011. We look forward to working with him in his new position.” – Michael Dykes, President & CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association
“The Dairy Caucus has been and will continue to be the bipartisan forum for addressing the priority issues of dairy farmers across the country, including farm policy, trade, immigration, nutrition, taxes and the environment. Rep. Sean Duffy has supported dairy farmers throughout his time in Congress on many issues, and we look forward to continuing to work with him as he becomes a co-chair of the caucus.” – Jim Mulhern, President & CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation
“The 30,000 Members of American Dairy Coalition looks forward to working closely with Congressman Sean Duffy as co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus. We know that Congressman Duffy will put the interests of dairy producers first when considering policy initiatives. And as the voice of American dairy producers, the American Dairy Coalition is thrilled to work with Rep Duffy and the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus to secure a reliable labor force, reducing burdensome regulations and increasing dairy exports.” – Laurie Fischer, Founder & CEO of the American Dairy Coalition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House passed a bipartisan amendment offered by Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) and Congressman David Scott (GA-13) to prohibit the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from taking intellectual property without first issuing a subpoena.
Farmers rely on the futures markets, which is regulated by the CFTC, to hedge against price risks. Traders use computer algorithms to help execute trades but their proprietary source codes are being threatened by new CFTC rules which would allow the Commission to access such intellectual property without a subpoena. This is a dangerous and unprecedented assault on due process that could bleed over into other forms of IP.
Speaking on the House floor during debate on his amendment, Congressman Duffy said, “Protecting intellectual property is a cornerstone of our free enterprise system… This is highly-sensitive source code. This is intellectual property that helped the functionality of our marketplace. And to think that this kind of sensitive data can be taken by the federal government without a subpoena should shock our conscience.”
Click HERE or the image below to watch Congressman Duffy speak on the House floor on behalf of this amendment.
Background: In December 2015, the CFTC proposed new rules on automated trading, known as Regulation Automated Trading (or “Reg AT”). While much of the proposed rule is noncontroversial, section 1.81 takes the unprecedented step of requiring a wide array of market participants engaged in algorithmic trading to maintain a source code repository and make it available for inspection by the CFTC or the Department of Justice without a subpoena. In June, Rep. Duffy sent a bipartisan letter to the CFTC opposing the source code provision.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) today sent a letter to President-Elect Trump, asking him to “take swift action to relocate our embassy to Jerusalem” as soon as he takes office. The bipartisan letter was signed by more than 100 members of Congress.
The letter in its entirety can be read below:
The Honorable Donald Trump
President-Elect of the United States
Transition Team Headquarters – Trump Tower
New York, NY
Dear President-Elect Trump,
Congratulations on your recent victory in the presidential election.
During your campaign, you made a forceful pledge to move our American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
We write to express support for this policy and to urge you to take swift action to relocate our embassy to Jerusalem as soon as you take office.
Israel is one of the United States’ closest allies and stands alone in the Middle East for its commitment to democratic ideals. Moving the embassy will strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States and send a clear message to the world that we support Israel in recognizing Jerusalem as its eternal capital.
This action is all the more urgent in light of the anti-Israel Resolution 2334, adopted by the United Nations Security Council on December 23, 2016. The resolution invites renewed diplomatic hostility and economic warfare against Israel, and we must act urgently to mitigate its consequences and to reaffirm our steadfast commitment to Israel.
We hope that you will stand with Israel on this important issue, and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead on similar matters.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) today put forward legislation that would return management of the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolves to state control. Management of these gray wolves were transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions that reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act. These designations leave farmers and ranchers in those states without a legal avenue to protect their livestock from problem wolves.
Congressman Duffy released the following statement on the legislation:
“Judicial activism has caused a multitude of problems in our nation, and a Washington judge claiming to know what’s best for Wisconsin’s ecosystem is another egregious example. In Wisconsin, we cherish our wildlife and work diligently to conserve our natural resources, but the Endangered Species Act has allowed courts to misuse judicial oversight to stop science-based wildlife management from moving forward to delist the gray wolf. Wisconsin farmers deserve to be able to protect their livestock from gray wolves, and we will protect Wisconsin farmers from activist judges.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) today released the following statement regarding HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s decision to lower Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums.
“The Secretary of HUD has a legal and fiduciary duty to ensure the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF) remains financially sound. From 2009 to 2014, the MMIF was below its 2-percent minimum capital requirement, resulting in a $1.7 billion taxpayer bailout in 2013. In light of the Obama Administration’s poor track record protecting the fund and their propensity for harmful, last-minute regulations, I am concerned that this action jeopardizes the solvency of the fund and puts taxpayers and homeowners at risk.”
In accordance with his pledge to regularly hold town hall meetings throughout the district (in addition to tele-town halls, dairy breakfasts, and other gatherings), Congressman Sean Duffy is kicking off 2017 with a Chippewa County Town Hall.
Monday, January 9, 2017
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Rooney Farms, Conference Center
9996 County Highway Q, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Open to media and the public.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) was named chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.
Congressman Duffy released the following statement regarding his new chairmanship:
“Many elements of our housing market need to be made to work for all Wisconsinites– rural families, in particular, have been left behind. I look forward to working with Dr. Carson to bring much needed change to HUD and to improve housing for all. I’ll defend Wisconsin taxpayers as we reform National Flood Insurance, the FHA, and other programs. I’ll also ensure that the Wisconsin insurance industry, an important engine of our state’s economy, has a strong voice in Congress.”
Background on Housing & Insurance Subcommittee:
The jurisdiction of the subcommittee includes:
The House Select Investigative Panel has concluded its yearlong investigation and released its Final Report which can be read in full here.
The report details many of the disturbing practices the Panel uncovered in the abortion industry with the selling of fetal tissue along with information regarding our public hearings, subpoenas, criminal and regulatory referrals. Also included is the listing of recommendations for improving access to appropriate scientific models, including human fetal tissue when warranted, in order to promote the advancement of science and the development of novel therapies.
"I’m honored to have served on the Select Panel on Infant Lives because it played a pivotal role in uncovering the big business that is the fetal tissue procurement industry. In the course of our investigation, our panel requested the banking and accounting records from many institutions to verify those businesses’ activities. Although many complied, StemExpress, a major procurement business, did not. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that they are held accountable in the 115th Congress," said Congressman Sean Duffy.
“It was an honor to Chair the Select Investigative Panel. I want to thank my colleagues who are strong pro-life leaders and have worked tirelessly over the past year. It is my hope that our recommendations will result in some necessary changes within both the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries. Our hope is that these changes will both protect women and their unborn children, as well as the integrity of scientific research,” said Chairman Marsha Blackburn.
“Over the last year, the Select Panel’s relentless fact-finding investigation has laid bare the grisly reality of an abortion industry that is driven by profit, unconcerned by matters of basic ethics and, too often, noncompliant with the few laws we have to protect the safety of women and their unborn children. I have never shied away from my own pro-life views, but the findings of this panel should incense all people of conscience,” said Congressman Diane Black.
“It has been a privilege to serve on this Panel alongside such dedicated members in pursuit of the truth. I applaud the diligent work the Select Panel did in investigating the callous practices of abortion providers, the nefarious dealings of the tissue procurement industry, and the atrocious disregard for the privacy and wellbeing of patients. The American people deserve to know these facts so responsible decisions can be made about research that respects women and protects life. I truly wish this investigation hadn’t been necessary, but I am comforted and gratified knowing our work uncovered some truths I am hopeful will better inform Americans everywhere, lead to the preservation of life, and promote the safety and wellbeing of women,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.
“It has been an honor to serve on the Select Investigative Committee on Infant Lives. The committee’s work uncovered aspects of the fetal tissue industry few people knew about, and I look forward to tracking the progress of the criminal referrals. We must protect the unborn, and every citizen’s God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Congresswoman Mia Love
“This select panel conducted a thorough and fact-based investigation to provide the American people answers and to hold those who facilitated these horrendous practices accountable,” said Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. “As a physician who has operated on babies as young as 22 weeks gestation, I am proud of our work on behalf of the most vulnerable among us – to protect the lives of the unborn from an industry that puts profits before the value and dignity of human life.”
“The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives succeeded in uncovering shameful practices, which undermined the very foundations of ethical American scientific research and have led to 15 criminal and regulatory referrals. Over the course of its year-long investigation of fetal tissue procurement companies and abortion businesses, the Select Panel found evidence that several tissue procurement companies and abortion clinics may have violated federal felony laws prohibiting the sale of human fetal tissue. As a physician and researcher, it is my sincere hope that our investigation and the subsequent referrals have put an end to these shady and unethical practices,” said Congressman Andy Harris, M.D.
"The Select Investigative Panel has worked hard to uncover the illegal and highly repulsive activities of the organizations involved in the sale and trafficking of baby body parts. Now it is up to the judicial system to hold the perpetrators accountable and up to Congress and the new Administration to see that these heinous acts are continued no longer. The way we treat our young, our weak, and our voiceless does matter. History will hold us accountable for these atrocities," said Congressman Joseph R. Pitts.
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Congressman Sean Duffy was born and raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. His great, great grandfather was one of the state’s early pioneers and a laborer for the Northwestern Lumber Company. His great grandfather, one of Hayward’s founding settlers, was a sawyer for 27 years.
Congressman Duffy has never strayed far from his roots, becoming a nationally recognized professional lumberjack athlete. He is a two-time world champion in the 90-foot speed climb, three-time champion in the 60-foot and an accomplished log-roller. Sean has been a color commentator for ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, as well as a Badger State Games Honorary Athlete and takes pride in bringing national attention to a sport with vital roots in Wisconsin’s proud history.
The tenth of eleven siblings, Congressman Duffy worked his way through law school by performing in lumberjack shows and exhibitions across the state of Wisconsin and around the country. After graduating from law school he practiced law for two years in Hayward before becoming a special prosecutor in Ashland, Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter, he became the acting assistant D.A, and later the District Attorney of Ashland County. He is most proud of his dedication to prosecuting child sex crimes. Working together with law enforcement, Congressman Duffy helped make Ashland County one of the first counties in the state to investigate and prosecute child Internet sex crimes.
Congressman Duffy met his wife Rachel Campos-Duffy, an Arizona native, through the MTV show, “The Real World,” Together, they are the proud parents of six children: Evita, Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma, and MariaVictoria.
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Congrats to the new officers of the Wausau Police Department! We are all thankful for your service. http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/local/2017/01/20/wausau-police-dept-welcomes-new-officers/96491552/
It's #Inauguration Day! Wisconsinites and folks from around the country are gathering in Washington today as we celebrate the peaceful transition
My wonderful wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy & I chatted with Fox & Friends about Donald J. Trump's inauguration and why the nation is excited for
Great to catch up with Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan- we used to work together back in my DA days. Thanks for all that you do! #ThankACopThursday
The Presidential Inauguration is a time when we should come together to celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one president to the