Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Duffy Statement On Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

2017/12/06

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

 

Duffy Statement On Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

 

Washington DC – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

 

“Law-abiding Wisconsinites deserve Concealed Carry Reciprocity, because your Second Amendment right shouldn’t stop at a state’s border,” said Congressman Duffy. “I’m proud to cosponsor the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act because citizens with a concealed carry permit deserve to protect themselves and their families regardless of what state they’re in.” 

 

Background:

 

 The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 231 – 198.

 

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Duffy Lauds Trump Administration’s Decision To Move US Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

2017/12/06

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

 

Duffy Lauds Trump Administration’s Decision To Move US Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

 

Washington DC – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today lauded President Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

 

“President Trump is fulfilling yet another campaign promise in his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the nation’s capital,” said Congressman Duffy. “After the previous administration slighted Israel at every turn, it’s heartening that President Trump has the resolve to stand with our ally. This move will serve as yet another bond in the friendship between our two great nations. I’m proud to stand with President Trump in the defense of Israel, and will continue to work my heart out in Congress to support one of our closest allies.”

  

Background:

 

·         In January, Congressman Duffy sent to President-Elect Trump in support of the move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 

Click HERE for a copy of the letter.

 

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Congressman Duffy & Senator Enzi Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Rein In CFPB’s Pay Structure

2017/11/30

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Duffy office: Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

Enzi office: Max D’Onofrio; 202-224-3424

 

Congressman Duffy & Senator Enzi Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Rein In CFPB’s Pay Structure

 

Washington DC – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, and Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today introduced bicameral legislation to rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rates of pay. Specifically, the legislation requires the CFPB’s Director to set the basic rates of pay for employees in accordance with the Federal Government’s General Schedule. The new rates of pay would be in effect for all employees 90 days after the enactment of the bill.

 

Congressman Duffy: “The CFPB is dangerously unaccountable to the American people because Democrats intentionally designed it that way,” said Congressman Duffy. “As a result, they can act as a bully to small banks and credit unions, push a far-left agenda, and spend lavishly on bureaucrat salaries that are obscenely higher than the vast majority of public servants. The agency must be reined in and held accountable, and the Pay Fairness Act, which sets basic pay rates in accordance with the federal government’s General Schedule, is an important step in giving the American people a say in how this rogue agency functions.”

 

Senator Enzi: “The need for Congress to bring accountability to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is long overdue and the bureau’s lavish spending on employee salaries is a key example of why,” Enzi said. “There are hundreds of employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau making more than governors, Supreme Court justices and senior White House Staff, and Congress lacks the usual constitutional checks to rein in this behavior. Although it might just sound like common sense, this bill would ensure the bureau is keeping employees’ salaries in line with the regular government pay scale. Hopefully this is the start of many needed reforms.” 

 

Click HERE for a copy of the bill.

 

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Congressman Duffy Lauds House Passing Massive Tax Reform

2017/11/16

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

Congressman Duffy Lauds House Passing Massive Tax Reform

 

Washington DC – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released the following statement on the House passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1):

 

“I’m proud to support this massive tax reform plan because it’s high time we let Wisconsinites keep more of their own money. Families and businesses know how to spend their money far better than Washington does, and they don’t deserve the headache that comes with the current, special-interest driven tax code. I sincerely hope that the Senate will act quickly and join us in passing tax reform, which will grow our economy, create jobs, and Make America Competitive Again.”

 

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Congressman Duffy Lauds House Passing Massive Tax Reform

2017/11/16

Congressman Duffy Lauds House Passing Massive Tax Reform

 

Washington DC – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released the following statement on the House passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1):

 

“I’m proud to support this massive tax reform plan because it’s high time we let Wisconsinites keep more of their own money. Families and businesses know how to spend their money far better than Washington does, and they don’t deserve the headache that comes with the current, special-interest driven tax code. I sincerely hope that the Senate will act quickly and join us in passing tax reform, which will grow our economy, create jobs, and Make America Competitive Again.”

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman Sean Duffy To Host 5th Annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit

2017/11/16

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman Sean Duffy To Host 5th Annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit

 

WHAT: 

 

Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy will host his fifth annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit on Monday, December 4th in Rothschild, WI. This year’s summit will feature an interactive presentation on Congressman Duffy’s "Rural Relief Initiative" and healthy families, healthy housing.

 

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Keynote speakers include:

 

·         First Lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker

·         Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson.  

 

Wisconsin business and community leaders who work on the front lines of, or have an interest in, combatting rural poverty, and addressing healthy families and healthy housing are encouraged to attend.

 

WHEN:

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

9:00am (Check-in at 8:00am) 

 

WHERE: 

 

Rothschild Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center

10101 Market St

Rothschild, WI

 

NOTE: Congressman Duffy will be available to the media.

 

RSVP to Maggie Cronin at maggie.cronin@mail.house.gov

 

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St. Croix County Job Fair

2017/11/16

 

 

 
 

November 15, 2017

 

Dear Friends,

I'd like to take a moment to update you on a few things going on both in Wisconsin and in Washington.

St. Croix County Job Fair:

Do you or someone you know need a new job or need to hire for a position? 

I’m excited to announce details of this falls’s Job Fair in New Richmond.

When it comes to finding the right person for the right job, it may mean something as simple as getting an employer and job seeker in the same room for the opportunity to talk in-person about a position. This Job Fair is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

WHEN:

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

WHERE:

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) located at 1019 South Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI

Employer Registration:

If you are an employer looking to register for the Job Fair, click HERE or the image below for more information. Please "like" and SHARE in order to spread the word!

Job Seeker Registration:

If you or someone you know are interested in looking for a new position, click HERE or the image below for more information. Please "like" and SHARE in order to spread the word!

 

Reforming The National Flood Insurance Program:

Last night, the House passed my bill, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, which makes massive reforms to our broken National Flood Insurance Program. The bill will provide affordable coverage for current policyholders, will provide greater access to the private market for flood insurance, and will require FEMA to conduct an annual actual study of the program's fund in order to protect taxpayers.

I recently spoke on the House floor about the bill, click HERE or the image below to watch!

 

 

Until next week!

God bless,

 

Sean Duffy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congressman Duffy Kicks Off Rural Relief Initiative

2017/11/15

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Wednesday November 15, 2017

Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

Congressman Duffy Kicks Off Rural Relief Initiative

 

Washington DC – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today announced the kickoff of the Rural Relief Initiative, a legislative push to help rural America get back on its feet. The Rural Relief Initiative consists of 11 members of Congress and includes a robust initial legislative package.

 

“This is a packet of bills called Rural Relief,” said Congressman Duffy. “So often, rural America has been left behind. We have a lot of problems. And so this is phase one, a group of members from more rural districts coming together to think through, ‘how do we revive the economies of rural America?’ This is, this is a small step, some small bills that take us in the right direction. But it’s also just phase one. So here we are signing this package, right now with all of you. And momentarily, going to drop these off on the floor to kick-start and grow rural America.”

 

Click HERE to watch the video of Congressman Duffy signing bills to introduce.

 

Initial legislation of the Rural Relief Initiative:

 

·         Forgotten Families Recovery Act would address one of the not often talked about consequences of the opioid epidemic – the drastic increase in foster children living in rural areas. As rural areas have been hit hardest by opioid and methamphetamine use, there has been a proportional increase in the amount of children being removed from their birth parents and being put in foster care. Rep. Duffy wants to make sure that pregnant women, children, and care givers are given due consideration when Substance Abuse and Mental Health grants are awarded.

 

·         Fab Lab Classroom Modernization Act would address manufacturing jobs leaving rural areas. We want students to become interested in advanced manufacturing careers at a young age. That’s why this bill supports bringing Fab Labs to classrooms.

 

·         PREPARE Act would enhance the opportunities for rural students to become educated and achieve success. In rural areas, the percentage of adults with a college degree lags far behind other areas. By ensuring that more CTE money is spent in rural areas, we will help improve upon that number while also training students for high-demand careers.

 

·         Hometown Heroes Relief Act – In some rural areas, many EMS services are performed by volunteers or small departments. These organizations have had difficulty staffing in recent years due to the increase of people leaving rural areas, the rise in medical emergencies from opioid use, and the fact that equipment in rural areas is suboptimal compared to similar organizations in urban areas. This bill would create a grant program to purchase equipment, provide training, and recruit staff in rural areas which are often the forefront of the opioid epidemic. Rural EMS needs to be just as professional as urban EMS so additional funding goes a long way towards that goal.

 

·         Helping the Homeless Act was a recommendation made at Congressman Duffy’s most recent “Hunger and Homelessness Summit.” It underscores the plight of rural areas where the homeless face much different circumstances than homeless in urban areas.

 

In addition, these Rural Relief bills have already been introduced, and are a part of the Rural Relief Initiative:

 

·         Making Rural America Count Act: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Program provides federal funding through loans, grants, and guarantees to individuals, businesses, and cities in rural regions throughout the nation. In order to qualify for Rural Development Program funding, certain population criteria must be met. These population limits include prison populations, putting rural businesses, and entire cities located in regions with a prison, at a disadvantage when applying for USDA Rural Development assistance. The Making Rural America Count Act will exclude incarcerated prison populations from overall population eligibility requirements as they pertain to Rural Development Programs administered by the USDA, ensuring small communities have access to critical federal funding. (Introduced by Rep. David Valadao)

 

·         Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act would direct the FCC to require intermediate providers that transmit voice calls to register with the agency and establish quality standards for transmitting voice calls. These reforms would ensure small businesses, families, and emergency responders in rural America can once again rely upon their telephone calls being completed. The legislation is supported by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, and WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband. The Act amends the Communications Act of 1934 to establish call quality standards and takes steps to ensure Americans in rural areas are receiving all their calls. It requires providers register with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and meet quality standards ensuring rural Americans can rely on phone service. It also prohibits providers from using any intermediary routing services not registered with the FCC. (Passed the House; Introduced by Rep. David Young)

 

·         Strengthening our Pediatric Workforce Act - Our nation is facing a severe pediatric specialist physician shortage, and with the majority of health professional shortage areas in the U.S. designated in nonmetropolitan areas, our rural communities are shouldering the greatest burden. Many communities lack an adequate supply of physicians needed to provide high quality care to children living in rural and medically underserved areas. The Strengthening our Pediatric Workforce Act will help address this shortage by creating a grant program to fund additional pediatric specialty residency slots in rural and medically underserved areas. The grant dollars may also be used to help cover start-up costs associated with new pediatric residency programs. These costs are often cited as barriers to entry for hospitals interested in starting teaching programs since they are not recouped. Addressing the suboptimal access to specialty care for children in rural areas by building a stronger physician pipeline practicing in their community will help prevent long-term health conditions, and ensure all children receive the highest quality care they deserve. (Introduced by Lloyd Smucker)

 

Background:

Please see the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the Rural Relief Initiative: “House GOP Members Push Bills to Address Rural Woes

Members of Rural Relief Initiative:

 

  • Rod Blum – Iowa
  • Mike Bost – Illinois
  • Sean Duffy – Wisconsin
  • John Faso – New York
  • Greg Gianforte – Montana
  • Richard Hudson – North Carolina
  • Will Hurd – Texas
  • Bruce Poliquin – Maine
  • Lloyd Smucker – Pennsylvania
  • David Young – Iowa
  • David Valadao – California

 

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Duffy Announces 5th Annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit

2017/11/15

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) will host his fifth annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit on Monday, January 15 in Rothschild, WI. This year’s summit will feature an interactive presentation on Congressman Duffy’s "Rural Relief Initiative" and healthy families, healthy housing.

Keynote speakers include:

  • First Lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker 
  • Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson
  • Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

Expert Panelists include:

  • Deputy Secretary Tom Engels, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Senator Tom Tiffany, WI 12th Senate District
  • Rep. Pat Snyder, WI 85th Assembly District & Chair of Task Force on Foster Care
  • Peter Kilde, Executive Director of WestCAP

  

 

Registration is now OPEN! 

Wisconsin business and community leaders who work on the front lines of, or have an interest in, combatting rural poverty, and addressing healthy families and healthy housing are encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Monday, January 15, 2018, 9:00am (Check-in at 8:00am) 
WHERE: Rothschild Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center, 10101 Market St, Rothschild

To register, fill out the form below:

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Questions? Contact: (715) 298-9344 or email Maggie.Cronin@mail.house.gov

 

 

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Congressman Duffy’s NFIP Reform Bill Passes House With Bipartisan Support

2017/11/14

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Tuesday November 14, 2017

Mark Bednar; 202-738-0744

Congressman Duffy’s NFIP Reform Bill Passes House With Bipartisan Support

Washington DC – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today lauded the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (HR 2875), which reauthorizes and reforms the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill passed the House in a bipartisan fashion, 237-189.

Congressman Duffy made the following remarks on the House floor in support of the NFIP reform package:

Duffy:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to thank Chairman Hensarling for all his good and relentless hard work on this bill. I appreciate his tenacity. I want to thank Mr. Blumenauer for the comments he just made. Now the two of us have not worked together on a lot of issues but this is one we saw eye-to-eye. And through flood, I think we've seen a lot of common ground and built a friendship together, I actually promised I’d wear a bike today and I haven’t kept my promise, I’ll wear it later today, Mr. Blumenauer.

“But I want to talk about the debate we’ve had here today. This has been an effort on bipartisanship. On the Republican side I’ve worked with Graves and Scalise and Zeldin and King and LoBiondo and MacArthur, trying to bring in their concerns in this legislation. On the Democrat side, I worked with Mr. Scott. I’ve worked with Ms. Maloney, Ms. Velazquez- all concerned about the northeast and the Sandy reforms that were necessary to learn the lessons. We’ve included those reforms in this bill.

“I sat down countless hours with the ranking member, she shared her phone number with me. She left me at the dance though because before this thing was done she walked away. We tried to get a bipartisan bill. We worked on this thing together. So to say something other than that is not fair, it's not right. We have tried you might not like the end product but we have gone a great distance to get a bill that everybody can agree on. And I think we're going to get that today. I want to talk about a few things.

We’re $25 billion in debt; a deficit of $1.5 billion a year. This program is not sustainable. We have people who are building homes in harm's way. They get flooded multiple times. The chairman and I saw a homeowner that was flooded three times in 10 years. One homeowner let his house burn because he left his house to get his kids who were swept away in flood waters, and we rebuild those homes in the same location and risk the lives of firefighters and first responders to go save them.

“This policy is unacceptable and it's not compassionate. I hear my friends say, ‘you're going to hurt homeowners, the rates are going to skyrocket.’ What? On average, for a year, the price of flood insurance, on average, will go up twenty dollars- less than two dollars a month- and they're screaming bloody murder about that?

“And what do they get for it? I got a list of 30 things of great reform we get in this bill to help homeowners. Yes, highly subsidized properties in the prefirm space are going to pay a little more, a little higher escalator. But we spend one billion dollars on mitigation, helping people flood-proof their homes, helping people get bought out of their home and get to higher ground so they don't have to live in a home that continually is flooded. I don't know if you have lived in a flood home but it ain't fun. It’s horrible. A billion dollars for that program.

“We help communities with their mapping. We give them options to map, and we give them an appeals process in their mapping. Great reform! We set up a private market. Now, you don't have to take the private market, but you have an option to get a private plan that might have a better rate than the government offers you. You have a choice. A choice. God forbid a choice. That gives you a better price. And by the way, when we get the private market in, we offload our risk to the private sector. So when a disaster hits Texas or Florida, it's not just the taxpayers that bear all the burden. We have private companies in play. That’s a great thing. This is a good bill. This is a bipartisan bill. Let’s stand together and reform a program to help the homeowner and our national debt. I yield back.”

(Click HERE  to watch his remarks). 

Background:

The 21st Century Flood Reform Act will:

•    Provide affordable NFIP coverage for current policyholder.

•    Expedite the implementation of policyholder monthly installment payment of premiums.

•    Establish a flood damage savings account for individual policyholders to facilitate either the reduction or elimination of NFIP premiums.

•    Improve safety by modernizing FEMA’s approach to designating and addressing multiple-loss properties.

•    Include the Ross-Castor Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act (H.R. 1422) to provide greater private market access, competition and consumer choice.

•    Allow localities, who elect to use their own resources, to develop their own map alternatives to NFIP flood maps using better and cost-effective technology at an accelerated pace, subject to FEMA standards and approval.

•    Require consideration of unique characteristics of coastal and local inland properties that are oftentimes over-charged.

•    Require, for the first time, FEMA to conduct an annual independent actuarial study of the NFIP fund to determine whether the government program is collecting revenue sufficient to cover its long-term expected losses.

•    Require the Administrator to use risk transfer tools, such as reinsurance or catastrophe bonds, to reduce direct taxpayer exposure to insurance losses.

•    Formalize an appeals process that was established for consumers when they dispute their claims.

•    Improve disclosure requirements for standard flood insurance policies.

To learn more about the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, click here

 

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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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