Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Congressman Duffy To Participate In Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program

2017/02/22

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) is seeking a Wounded Warrior or medically retired veteran for a position at his Hudson office.

The person chosen for the special fellowship will work with constituents to handle military and veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies.

Background:

The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans within member offices.

The program is limited to veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, with less than 20 years of service and have a minimum 30% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interested veterans should submit a resume, copy of the last DD214 issued, and letter from the VA indicating a 30 percent or greater rating, which is not necessary if medically retired, to housewoundedwarriors@mail.house.gov.

More information can be found by calling the Wounded Warrior Program Office at 202-226-1965or by visiting The Wounded Warrior Program, linked HERE.

 

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Connecting Through Town Halls

2017/02/21

Dear Friends,

Isn’t Wisconsin is enjoying some awesome weather for February? You’re probably busy hanging out with friends and family in the great outdoors, which is why we live in our neck of the woods, so let’s get right to it!  

Connecting Through Town Halls: The best way to stay connected with you is by talking directly with you! That’s why since I first got elected, I’ve hosted more than 200 town hall meetings. On top of that, I’ve seen many of you at dairy breakfasts and parades, or have spoken with you on the phone for one of our tele-town halls. Voicing your concerns and aspirations over different policies is the way we change things in Washington!

The Waters Resort in Minocqua was the location for our seventh town hall of 2017, and it was great to chat with a full house about several big issues of the day, including Obamacare, Social Security, and our skyrocketing national debt. 

Here’s a quick video of the drive on the way to Minocqua from Wausau. 

Click HERE or the image below to see more from the Minocqua Town Hall.

When I’m In Washington, We Can Stay In Touch With Tele-Town Halls: During the legislative week, a great way for me to stay in touch with you is through tele-town halls. Last week, we held our third tele-town hall of the year, and this most recent one included segments of both the eastern and western part of the district. Lots of great questions!

Click HERE or the image below to see more from our most recent tele-town hall.

 

Until next week!


God bless,

Sean Duffy

 

 

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Congressman Duffy’s Statement On Removal Of Obama-Era Regulation

2017/02/14

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today released the following statement after President Trump signed H.J. Res. 41 into law. Passed by Congress under the Congressional Review Act, the legislation repeals burdensome Dodd-Frank regulations on energy producers.

“President Obama’s burdensome Dodd-Frank financial rules have held our economy back since the bill was passed. That’s why it’s encouraging that we are able to partner with President Trump to stop a rule that could have cost companies over $590 million. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and President Trump to help lift the burden of Washington regulations off of America’s workers, families, and businesses.”

Background:

To view coverage of the bill signing, click HERE.

 

 

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Combating America's Opioid Epidemic

2017/02/13

Dear Friends,

It's been a busy few weeks in the beginning of the 115th Congress, and we are still moving full-steam ahead on critical issues facing Wisconsin, like combating the opioid epidemic, delisting the gray wolf, and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Demanding Answers About The Price Spike For Opioid Overdose Treatment: Opioid addiction is tearing apart our families and communities, and Wisconsin is by no means immune to this national crisis. While Congress has taken steps to fight back against the opioid epidemic (like passing the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which authorizes funding for expanded opioid treatment programs), we must remain vigilant in combating the crisis. That’s why I recently wrote Spencer Williamson, CEO of Kaléo, Inc., demanding answers about the price spike for Evzio, a hand-held naloxone auto-injector used to treat opioid overdoses. The price of a twin-pack of the device has sharply risen from $4,500- up from $690 in 2014. Meanwhile, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and families and communities need access to treatment like Evzio. Click HERE or the image below to read the entire letter.

Delist The Gray Wolf: In 2012, President Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the gray wolf population in Wisconsin had recovered enough to be removed from the Endangered Species Act list. However, in 2014, an activist judge in Washington decided that Wisconsin farmers and ranchers can't defend their livestock from gray wolves. That decision was wrong. I recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal about how Wisconsin’s DNR - not Washington - should administer our gray wolf population. I also argued for local control because the wolf population is causing problems in our communities. Click HERE or the image below to read more from the Wall Street Journal’s profile about the effort to delist the gray wolf.

Obamacare Is A Con: In a recent markup, I spoke about how President Obama promised the American people that Obamacare would decrease premiums by $2,500 a year for a typical family of four. That promise turned out to be a con. He promised that if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan- that was a con. He also promised that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor under Obamacare. That, too, was a con. The Democrats’ decision to "pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" was the wrong approach. I believe that we need an open and transparent discussion between Republicans, Democrats, and Independents about healthcare– that way we can arrive at a solution that actually lowers prices and works for the American people. Click HERE or click the image below to view my remarks on Obamacare.

Until next week!


God bless,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sean Duffy

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Congressman Duffy Demands Answers About Price Spike For Opioid Overdose Treatment

2017/02/09

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today wrote Spencer Williamson, CEO of Kaléo, Inc., demanding answers about the price spike for Evzio, a hand-held naloxone auto-injector used to treat opioid overdoses. The price of a twin-pack of the device has sharply risen from $4,500- up from $690 in 2014. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999.

Duffy wrote: “Understandably, this dramatic price increase has created a significant cost burden on families and communities who must rely on this product. At the current price point, Evzio is unaffordable to many Americans who need this treatment the most.”

Below is the letter in its entirety:

Mr. Spencer Williamson

Kaléo, Inc.

111 Virginia Street, Ste 300

Richmond, VA 23219

Mr. Williamson:

I am writing to express my serious concern regarding the cost of Evzio, the hand-held naloxone auto-injector. I have heard from many first responders and families who share my concern that the recent price hike of this device denies lifesaving treatment to those suspected of drug overdose.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that from 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. As you no doubt know, every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. Access to prescription treatments, like Evzio, is critical to save lives.

Despite the need for Evzio, Kaléo, Inc. has increased the twin-pack price of this unit to $4,500, from $690 in 2014. Understandably, this dramatic price increase has created a significant cost burden on families and communities who must rely on this product. At the current price point, Evzio is unaffordable to many Americans who need this treatment the most.

In light of recent high-profile price hikes by Turing Pharmaceuticals and Mylan for critical drugs, the price hike by Kaléo, Inc. is especially concerning. In both of those instances, the CEOs of those companies were called to testify before Congress regarding the exponential price increase of their products.

I request that you, on behalf of Kaléo, Inc., provide me with a written explanation as to the price hike for Evzio. I would also like to know how Kaléo, Inc. intends to make Evzio more affordable for families and communities in need.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Sean P. Duffy

Member of Congress

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Tell Us Your Story

2017/02/06

Dear Friends,

Hope you all had a great weekend (even though the Pack wasn't in the game last night). It's a busy week already so let's get right to it!

SHARE YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION HARDSHIP STORY: When President Obama and Democrats in Congress introduced Dodd-Frank more than six years ago, they sold it to the public by making several grand promises: it would end Too-Big-To-Fail, restore faith in banks, end the calamity on Wall Street, and boost economic growth. Dodd-Frank did none of these things.

Instead, the big banks have gotten bigger and many small banks have either closed or have had to scale back services. Small business lending has declined, and the rate of new business startups is near a 20-year low. Services that we once took for granted, like free checking, are being eliminated and bank loans are costing consumers $500 more on average. 

To fix these issues, I’m pushing for legislation called the Financial CHOICE Act. It ends taxpayer-funded bailouts of America’s large financial institutions, empowers consumers to achieve financial freedom, and helps small businesses access capital.

Have you found credit harder to obtain for everyday expenses, a loan, or even a mortgage? Have you lost your free checking, or is your small business experiencing difficulty because of Dodd-Frank? Let me know today by clicking HERE

ST. CROIX CENTRAL GOOGLE HANGOUT: I recently had a Google hangout with some awesome students from St. Croix Central. They had great questions- ranging from how we deal with terrorism and illegal immigration, to how we will solve our national debt. They even asked my thoughts on Area 51! (Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to that one!) They were some great kids and they have a bright future- hope to catch up with them again soon! Click HERE or the image below to see more about the hangout.

MILK COMES FROM COWS! I urge the FDA to enforce the definition of milk that is already on the books- that it comes from cows! Wisconsin dairy farmers & American consumers deserve this clarification. Click HERE or the image below to see WQOW’s coverage.

Until next week!

 

God bless,

 

Sean Duffy

 

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Congressman Duffy’s Statement on Baldwin’s Opposition to Gorsuch

2017/02/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today released the following statement on Senator Tammy Baldwin’s opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“It is shameful that Senator Baldwin is denouncing someone as unquestionably qualified as Judge Gorsuch before even meeting with him. Justice Scalia’s death was on the mind of the majority of Wisconsinites when they went to the polls in November- they want this Supreme Court vacancy filled and they're sick of obstruction and political games. Judge Gorsuch deserves a fair review from Senator Baldwin. It’s time for her to do her job.”

 

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Congressman Duffy Leads Effort To Clarify Milk Definition

2017/01/31

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), co-chairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, today put forward bipartisan legislation in the House that requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take enforcement action against manufacturers labeling plant-based beverages as milk. 

Congressman Duffy released the following statement on the legislation:

“You can’t milk an almond, that’s why I urge the FDA to clarify and enforce the definition of milk they already have on the books- milk comes from cows! Wisconsin dairy farmers and consumers across the country deserve this important clarification.”

Background:

Dairy farmers are being buffeted by extreme financial hardships. Since 2014, milk prices have plunged 40 percent. During the same time, there has been a surge in the mislabeling of imitation milk products, including beverages produced from almonds, soy, and rice.

Last month, Congressman Duffy, along with more than 30 members of Congress, sent a bipartisan letter to the FDA objecting to the mislabeling of imitation plant-based products that do not have the unique attributes and nutritional value of milk.

 

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Congressman Duffy's Statement on Judge Gorsuch's Nomination To The Supreme Court

2017/01/31

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) tonight released the following statement in support of President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch:

"President Trump promised the American people that he would nominate a Supreme Court Justice who would respect the Constitution in the way that the late Antonin Scalia did, and he fulfills that promise with his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. I hope the Senate acts quickly to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court."

 

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

2017/01/30

Dear Friends,

Last week, thousands and thousands of people from across the country came to our nation’s capital for the March for Life to give voice to the voiceless. Millions of Americans tuned in to the Pro-Life movement in a way that they may have not seen before.

While it would have been nice if those who traveled thousands of miles to march received as much media attention as other groups that have recently been in Washington, the thousands who March for Life do so for the defense of the unborn- not for personal recognition. And they know the difference that they make both at the Washington march and in their communities.

On Wisconsin! That’s why our team was excited to welcome hundreds of Wisconsinites to a reception for hot chocolate, donuts, and a discussion on the Pro-Life movement.

Click HERE or the image below to see my welcome video to the Wisconsinites who stopped by.

Click HERE or the image below to view the awesome crowd.

Women’s Public Health & Safety Act: I recently re-introduced the Women’s Public Health & Safety act, which allows states to exclude abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funds. States should be able to redirect money away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to community health centers that focus on women’s health. A little less than two years ago, this bill passed the House in a bipartisan fashion. Click HERE to learn more details on the Women’s Public Health & Safety Act.

No Tax Dollars For Abortion: The American people have made it clear that they don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars used to pay for abortions, so I recently supported a bill in the House to prevent just that. Click HERE or the image below to see Washington Free Beacon’s coverage of our work to codify the Hyde Amendment.  

Have a great week!

God bless,

                                                         

Sean Duffy

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Contact Information

1208 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3365
Fax 202-225-3240
duffy.house.gov

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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