Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Duffy Announces First Town Halls of 114th Congress

2015/01/28

Oneida, Lincoln, Vilas, Florence & Forest Counties   Wausau, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) will host town halls his first town halls of the 114th Congress this week in Oneida, Lincoln, Vilas, Florence & Forest counties on Thursday, January 29, 2015 & Friday, January 30, 2015. Rep. Duffy invites constituents in the area to join him to discuss the important issues on the minds of Wisconsinites. These meetings are open to all 7th District constituents and the media:   Thursday, January 29, 2015   Oneida County Town Hall Meeting 3:00-4:00pm Quality Inn 668 West Kemp Street Rhinelander   Lincoln County Town Hall Meeting 5:00-6:00pm AmericInn 3300 East Main Street Merrill   Friday, January 30, 2015   Vilas County Town Hall Meeting 8:00-9:00am Eagle River Inn 5260 Highway 70 West Eagle River   Florence County Town Hall Meeting 10:30 – 11:30am Florence Natural Resources & Wild Rivers Interpretive Center 5628 Forestry Drive – LOWER LEVEL Florence   Forest County Town Hall Meeting 1:00-2:00pm Trisha’s Treasures 105 North Lake Avenue Crandon     For more information about these meetings, call (715) 298-9344       Read More

#TeamLife

2015/01/26

    A Message from Representative Sean Duffy  January 25, 2015       Dear friends,     On the 42nd Anniversary of the March for Life, the House passed the No Taxpayer for Abortion Act this past Thursday. I was proud to co-sponsor and vote in favor of this bill, just as I have done in previous Congresses.  This legislation prevents the use of taxpayer funds for abortions and is a step in the right direction for our pro-life movement.     Following that vote, it was again my privilege to host more than 300 Wisconsin pro-lifers who traveled to Washington to stand-up for the rights of the unborn. The first march included 20,000 participants, this year’s march garnered nearly 750,000 – the average age of a marcher was under 30.    This year’s open house featured several Members from our Wisconsin Congressional delegation, and we were also glad to have Lila Rose join us as well. At just 26 years old, she is one of the most well known people in our movement. She is a champion for life and a great role model for the younger activists.     Despite relatively minimal coverage of the march in national news, word of our movement is growing thanks to the younger marchers and their digital media savvy. Now, a young person on the other side of the country knows there are hundreds of thousands of people their age who think just as they do. I enjoyed following posts from the march participants throughout the day. In my comments to them, I challenged them to not just march, but also walk the walk. When they return home I hope they will continue to use social media to meet people where they are and evangelize our cause.     Of course, the march was not the only thing happening in Washington this week. On Tuesday, the President gave his annual State of the Union address to the nation. Please see the column on the right for a wrap-up of coverage and my thoughts from this year’s speech.    I have several things brewing that I will continue to provide updates on in this newsletter, but for real time updates of the work I am doing on your behalf (and the opportunity to offer real time feedback), please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Until next week…   Have a great week,   Sean     Should you have further questions, please revisit the “Contact Me” section of my website or call my office at (202) 225-3365. This message was generated from an unattended mailbox.    Spotlight  Press Release  Duffy Statement on President's State of the Union             WDIO Local Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on Obama's State of the Union Proposals   Ladysmith News <span entry-title"="" style="outline: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 38px; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal;">Hawkins gun shop owner takes aim at U.S. Department of Justice program  Green Bay Gazette Wisconsin students join national anti-abortion rally  WSAU More Members of Congress demanding hearings, answers on VA over-medication scandal WEAU Local students participate in March for Life   Washington, DC Office  1208 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-3365 or (855) 585-4251 (toll-free) Fax: (202) 225-3240 Superior Office  823 Belknap Street, Suite 225 Superior, WI 54880 Phone: (715) 392-3984 Wausau Office 208 Grand Avenue Wausau, WI 54403 Phone: (715) 298-9344 Hudson Office 502 2nd St., Suite 202 Hudson, WI 54016 Phone: (715) 808-8160 Privacy Policy - Unsubscribe Read More

Duffy Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

2015/01/21

"I am eternal optimist, but this address left me with little hope that the President is willing to work with the new American Congress.”   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) offered comments following the President’s State of the Union Address:   “America voted against the President’s policies last November, but tonight he doubled down on the same liberal ideas he has offered the last six years.    “The President wants to offer the American people more taxes, more rules, and more regulations, but those policies have not translated into growing the middle class. When you have bigger government at every turn, it does not grow opportunity in Middle America.   “We need to streamline the tax code to ensure people and businesses are sending less of their hard earned dollars to Washington and instead are able to invest in our local community.   “It was a partisan speech and void of new ideas. I am an eternal optimist, but this address left me with little hope that the President is willing to work with the new American Congress.”   ###         Read More

Duffy Rolls Out First 5 for ’15 © Legislative Package

2015/01/15

[[{"fid":"430","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) introduced – or “rolled out” as the former lumberjack prefers to say – his first five legislative initiatives for 2015 and the 114th Congress today. The bills run the gamut from better care for our Veterans, and reigning in the EPA, to a common sense fix for railroad operators, and keeping a campaign pledge of setting term limits for Members of Congress.   Rep. Duffy offered, “The range of these bills is as vast as the 18,000 square miles that make-up the 7th Congressional District. They impact thousands of people who call this incredible part of our country home. Most of these bills have stemmed from conversations with constituents about how their government can better work for them.    “This is just the first set of bills I plan to introduce this Congress. I encourage more of my constituents to continue to share their needs and concerns with me, so I can continue to do what I can to make life a little better for them.”    Individual press releases and bill texts are hyperlinked to each bill title below. H.R. 352, Evironmental Protection Agency Accountability Act of 2015 H.R. 353, Veterans Access to Healthy Hearing Act H.R. 354, the Certifying Rail Operator Safety (CROS) Act H.R. 355, The Global Internet Freedom (Gif) Act H.J. Res 21, Congress a Privilege, Not a Career     Read More

Duffy Bill Helps First Responders “CROS” the Tracks

2015/01/14

Washington D.C. – As part of his First 5 for 15 © legislative package, U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) introduced, H.R. 354, the Certifying Rail Operator Safety (CROS) Act, a bill to require railroad companies that block railroad crossings due to employee shift change to pay a $10,000 per hour penalty. The legislation spawned from several reports of trains blocking crossings, including those in the 7th District, because – according to company claims -  despite being in the middle of a crossing, the conductors had reached the maximum number of operating hours allowed under Federal law. Rep. Duffy offered, “Bottom line, this is a safety issue. Abandoning a train for, at times, as many as twenty-four hours has impeded emergency services and hampered businesses near the railroad. “The fine is seemingly steep, but it will not take much for the rail companies to steer clear of it. Both a sophisticated rail system and simple math can prevent these trains from standing at a crossroad with our rural communities. “This change will force railroad companies to become more efficient, and should also help them – and nearby communities and businesses -  maintain effectiveness.”   Full text of CROS Act available here:  DUFFY_010_xml.pdf  ### Read More

Johnson, Duffy Request Inspector General Investigation into Tomah VA

2015/01/14

Washington D.C. — Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Sean Duffy are calling for the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans to launch an investigation into disturbing news reports about the treatment of Veterans at a medical center in Tomah, Wisconsin.  Sen. Johnson offered, “Reports questioning the prescribing practices at the VA Medical Center in Tomah are cause for alarm,” said Sen. Johnson. “As chairman of the Senate committee overseeing the way government agencies operate, I am requesting the Inspector General’s office get to the bottom of this matter. Our veterans, the finest among us, have earned our gratitude. The treatment they get should be the best care a grateful nation can provide.”   Congressman Duffy said, “These are not just politicians calling for this investigation, these are constituents; mothers and fathers who lost their children due to the failings of the very people charged with their children's care.   "These stories must end, procedures at the VA must change and those responsible must be held accountable. This IG investigation is one step of many that Sen. Johnson and I are prepared to take to get the answers these families deserve.”   The text of the letter is below. An electronic version can also be found here.   January 14, 2015   Via Electronic Transmission   The Honorable Richard J. Griffin Deputy Inspector General Office of Inspector General U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20420   Dear Deputy Inspector General Griffin:   We are deeply troubled by reports that veterans at the Tomah, Wisconsin, Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) continue to receive questionable care.  It is disturbing to hear veterans and individuals working at the Tomah VAMC describe the medical center as “a system that’s gone completely haywire.” Specifically, some veterans label the Tomah VAMC as “Candy Land” due to the amount of narcotic painkillers being prescribed.  Nothing is more important than ensuring that our men and women in uniform receive high quality care.    In March 2014, your office completed an inspection at the Tomah VAMC.  According to documents, that review centered on a series of allegations concerning the amount of narcotic painkillers prescribed to patients, among other allegations.  The inspection found that the rate of opioid prescriptions at Tomah was alarming enough that issues were brought to the attention of VA leadership. The inspection further noted that the Tomah VAMC ranked highest in the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) for the total morphine equivalents per unique patients treated with opioids.   These initial allegations were administratively closed by your office and we understand the following suggestions were brought to the attention of the facility director at Tomah VAMC and VISN management: The facility director should implement a vehicle by which clinicians and staff can openly and constructively communicate concerns and rationale when disagreements arise concerning dispensing of opioid prescriptions. The facility director should review the reporting structure in the context of safeguarding bidirectional clinical discourse from actual or perceived administrative constraint. The facility director should ensure development of guidance, parameters, processes, or a specialty clinic-based mechanism to assist clinicians and staff with managing complex patients requesting early opioids refills. The facility director should consider some variant of the tumor board model as one potential avenue by which to foster collaborative interdisciplinary management when presented with very complex clinical pain cases. The VISN should conduct further evaluation and monitoring of relative and case-specific opioid prescribing at Tomah VAMC on both a facility and individual clinician level.    It is concerning that even after this inspection, similar allegations and problems continue at the Tomah VAMC.  Due to the recent concerns raised, we request that your office conduct a comprehensive investigation of the Tomah VAMC.  In an effort to understand what your office has done since that inspection, please respond to the following questions:   1)      Since closing the March 2014 inspection, has your office reviewed whether the Tomah VAMC and the VISN have responded to the five suggestions?  If so, what were the responses?   2)      At this time, does your office have any current inspections or investigations open at the Tomah VAMC?  If so, please identify and explain these inspections and/or investigations.   3)      The March 2014 inspection stated that some patients at the Tomah VAMC were receiving prescriptions from physicians of incorrect specialties.  Has the Tomah VAMC implemented new procedures to ensure patients are referred to the proper specialists before opiate prescriptions are written?   4)      Pharmacy staff “uniformly indicated that they were reluctant to question any prescription ordered” by one particular doctor or “any aberrant behavior by his patients.” Has the VA-OIG received complaints of a lack of communication between doctors and pharmacy staff since your last report?  If so, please explain what the VA-OIG is doing to address these complaints.   5)      Was the IG inspection provided to Congress?  If not, why not?    Please provide a written response as soon as possible but no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015.    Thank you for your attention to this important matter.  If you have any questions regarding these issues, please contact Brian Downey on the Senate HSGAC staff at (202) 224-4751 or Caroline Robinson in Congressman Duffy’s office at (202) 225-3365.    Sincerely,   Ron Johnson                                                                           Chairman, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs   Sean Duffy United States Representative   ### Read More

Duffy Bill Forces EPA to Play By Its Own Rules

2015/01/14

“This bill hits the EPA where it has hurt so many Americans – in their pocketbook.”   Washington D.C. – As part of his First 5 for ’15 © legislative package U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) introduces H.R. 352 Evironmental Protection Agency Accountability Act of 2015, a bill to hold the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the same standard that it holds American businesses: Rep. Duffy offered, “The EPA has long been known to issue onerous and costly rulings with little regard for the impact on American businesses and the families who run them. Adding to the frustration, the EPA often ignores long-standing statutes that require them to improve their own regulatory coordination, planning and review.   “This bill hits the EPA where it has hurt so many Americans – in their pocketbook. For each week that the EPA fails to meet these requirements, its budget will be docked by $20,000. “American families can’t afford to the EPA to continue with duplicative and overreaching regulations, the EPA should not be able to afford it either.”   Full text of the Evironmental Protection Agency Accountability Act of 2015: [[{"fid":"420","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]]   ### Read More

Serving in Congress a Privilege, Not a Career

2015/01/14

Duffy Renews Commitment; Introduces Term Limits Legislation   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) holds true to his promise to his constituents and again introduces legislation to limit the number of consecutive terms an elected official can serve in a current position: Rep. Duffy offered, “It is a privilege to represent the people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in Congress, but it should not be a career. Career politicians tend to get more comfortable with Washington elite and lose touch with the people and reasons that sent them to Washington in the first place. “I replaced a 40 year incumbent Congressman. When I was elected to this office, I promised my constituents that I would support legislation establishing term limits. I stand by that promise and have re-introduced this important legislation.” H.J. Res. 21 forbids Members of Congress, in both the House and the Senate, from serving more than 12 consecutive years in their current position. All currently serving Members of Congress would be given a “clean slate” from the day it is signed into law and allowed to serve 12 additional years in their current position. Rep. Duffy added, “Sending career politicians back to their districts will return much needed accountability and transparency to Congress, and most importantly to the people we represent.” Full text of legislation: [[{"fid":"419","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]] ### Read More

Duffy ICANN Legislation Tells Administration &quot;No You Cannot&quot;

2015/01/14

Prevents Administration from Ceding Control of Internets Core Functions Washington D.C. - U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) continues his pursuit to protect a free and open Internet. This Congress he again introduced legislation following the Obama Administration's announcement that it will begin to cede the U.S.’s responsibility for managing critical internet functions known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority beginning as early as this year. H.R. 355, The Global Internet Freedom (Gif) Act will prohibit the President from taking this action. "As Americans, we value our Constitutional right of Freedom of Speech and have promoted this value throughout the world. We should not give up our stewardship of the internet so that the United Nations or countries like China or Russia, that do not hold free speech in the same regard, can have the opportunity to take control." Full text of The Global Internet Freedom (Gif) Act: [[{"fid":"417","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

Duffy &amp; Walz Hear Veterans’ Concerns; Re-Introduce Legislation to Aid Hearing Impaired Veterans

2015/01/14

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) and Rep. Walz (MN-01) introduced H.R. 353, Veterans Access to Healthy Hearing Act, which will provide much needed options for hearing impaired Veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), both our aging Veterans and younger Veterans returning from the battlefield are seeking help from the VA for hearing loss more than any other service-related disability facing them today. VA audiology clinics can’t keep up with the increased demand and frustrated Veterans are living in a non-hearing world with no one to turn to. Rep. Duffy's bill would cut Veteran wait times by allowing hearing instrument specialists to be added to the list of the VA's approved care providers. Rep. Duffy offered, “Veterans in my district are driving up to 90 miles one way just to get hearing services from an audiologist at the Veteran’s Administration. These Veterans could receive the same service from a local hearing instrument specialist, but under current law, the VA is only allowed to use audiologists. “This bill will change that. By adding hearing specialists to the approved list it will give greater freedom, flexibility, and more options for the men and women who have served our great nation.”  Rep. Walz  added, “Hearing loss from Veterans both young and old is becoming a growing problem and, because of an outdated law, the VA is struggling to keep up with demand,” Representative Walz said. “This forces Veterans to travel long distances and endure even longer wait times. Our bipartisan, commonsense bill simply allows Veterans to utilize hearing aid specialists to get the care they need, which will reduce the burden on VA audiologists and improve the quality of life for Veterans in need of care.” Todd Beyer, a hearing specialist in Marshfield, WI expressed his support of the measure offering, “As a hearing aid specialist who regularly sees Veterans who are in need of hearing help, I know the VA can and must do better.  I, along with my colleagues with the International Hearing Society, applaud Representative Duffy for championing legislation to make hearing care more accessible for our heroes.   Our Veterans deserve the best and most convenient care possible so they can lead happy, engaging lives, and passage of this bill would have a tremendously positive impact on their lives.” Reps. Duffy and Walz originally introduced the bill in the 113th Congress and received high interest from the Veterans Affairs Committee. Duffy added, “We saw strong interest on this issue from the VA Committee last Congress and have every hope that we’ll get it to the Floor for a vote this Congress.” Full Text of Veterans Access to Healthy Hearing Act: [[{"fid":"415","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]] ### Read More

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

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Financial Services

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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