I hope this note finds you well. I'm sure you're quite busy, so I want to get right to the important things happening in Wisconsin and Washington. Let's get to it!
What The Media Doesn't Tell You About Our Economy
If you’ve watched the news recently, they would have you believe that nothing is happening in Washington and that our agenda has stalled. That's simply not true. Optimism and opportunity are on the way up and our unemployment rate is down. Our economy, both in Wisconsin and around the country, is gaining major momentum, and our bold GOP agenda will boost it even further. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to keep this positive trend going. That way, the American Dream will be more accessible to Wisconsinites and people across the country than ever before.
Click HERE or the image below to see how our economy is heading in the right direction. Remember to "like" and share on Facebook!
How You Can Help:
As you know, Barron, Jackson, and Rusk counties were hit by tornadoes and damaging storms this past week. I have always loved and admired the way that Wisconsin comes together when tragedy strikes, and this incident is no exception. If you would like to help out those who were impacted by the storms, I encourage you to check out THIS LINK to the American Red Cross to see how you can help.
Special Shout Out To The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum:
Congratulations to the world-renowned Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on being awarded the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. Under the incredible leadership of Kathy Foley, the museum continues to demonstrate that culture and creativity aren’t just for big cities like New York or Los Angeles. Through innovative projects that highlight the intersection of nature, culture, and industry in Northern Wisconsin, the Woodson Art Museum is educating and engaging members of the Wausau community in a way that will have a lasting impact on the next generation of artists.
Obamacare Is In A Death Spiral:
Obamacare continues to hurt millions of Americans. And now, more than a third of our nation's counties have been left with only one insurance option under Obamacare. And in Iowa, it was recently announced that 94 of their 99 counties will have NO options under Obamacare. That's why the House's work to repeal and replace this disastrous law was an important first step in fixing our healthcare system.
Click HERE or the image below to see how counties throughout the country are impacted by Obamacare insurers leaving the market.
Until next week!
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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Lots going on in the district and in Washington, so let's get to it!
Listening To You: Our government works best when representatives and constituents can hear directly from each other. Even when we disagree on some policy issues, we can still discuss the issues of the day in a respectful, positive manner. That's how we arrive at solutions to our biggest problems. When I was first elected to Congress, I made a promise to be accessible to Wisconsinites, and I'm proud to have kept that promise. In fact, since 2015, I have held more town halls than 98% of Congress- and that includes every Wisconsin Democrat. Check out this video highlighting the importance of in-person town halls by clicking HERE or the image below.
Obamacare Has To Go: From skyrocketing premiums and deductibles to dwindling coverage options, Obamacare continues to hurt people across America. That's why the recent vote to repeal and replace this disastrous law was such an important first step. Thank you to Shirley in Conover for her letter to the editor, supportive of the House's repeal and replace efforts, in the Vilas County News Review. Click HERE or the image below to read the entire letter.
Find Me On Snapchat With This Snapcode: It is a priority of mine to stay in touch with you as much as I can. Whether it's an in-person town hall, tele-town hall, parade, dairy breakfast, and even social media- I will always be accessible to you. To find me on Snapchat, use the snapcode below.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today congratulated the Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation (WCREF) on its announcement that it is purchasing more than 150 acres to host a new USDA-supported cranberry research station in Jackson County.
Congressman Duffy: “Congratulations to WCREF on its plans to build a new cranberry research station, because one of our state’s most important industries deserves the latest in research and development. Wisconsin is the number one cranberry producer in America, and its presence is felt around the world. I will continue to fight to ensure that we find markets for Wisconsin cranberries abroad and remain America’s top producer for years to come.”
WCREF’s work at the facility will begin in 2018.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today spoke with Fox News’ Peter Doocy about today’s major step in the repeal and replacement of Obamacar.
Click HERE or the image below to view his comments about the American Health Care Act:
FNC’s Peter Doocy: Tell me right now, how does it feel to have just delivered on one of the biggest, if not the biggest, campaign promise for Republicans for the last seven years?
Congressman Duffy: On the promise we made for the last seven years, we're on step one here to send this to the Senate. We're trying to help people who have been crushed with raising premiums, deductibles they can’t afford. I don’t know if you saw this but the Democrats are doing all this “na, na, na, na, na.” stuff. They've lost the House, the Senate, the White House because of Obamacare. Now we're gonna fix it for the American people.
Doocy: If this is just the first step, how big a victory is it? Really, if it’s going to be changed in the Senate?
Duffy: It's a huge victory. The Senate couldn't act until we passed this bill. So this a huge step in moving forward for the American people and getting a sane healthcare system that will look out for the American people and families instead of bureaucrats here in Washington. So we’re excited. It was a good day.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released the statement following the Financial Services Committee’s approval of the Financial CHOICE Act:
“Millions of Americans are still suffering from President Obama’s economic policies and the disastrous Dodd-Frank Act. Since it was shoved through Congress, bank fees have gone up, free checking is all but gone, and small community banks have been choked out of existence. Dodd-Frank’s regulations have made it harder to achieve the American Dream.
“Thankfully, under Chairman Hensarling’s leadership, there is a better way. The Financial CHOICE Act is an off-ramp from Dodd-Frank’s rules and regulations, will help restore our small community banks and credit unions to their important role in our communities, and will jumpstart economic growth.
“I am pleased that several of my ideas are incorporated into the bill, including reining in the CFPB by prohibiting them from soliciting information on non-public personal information without your permission, putting a stop to the CFPB's wasteful use of taxpayer dollars, and making significant changes to the SEC on the registration of proxy advisory firms that prohibit unfair, coercive, and deceptive practices."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today introduced the Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act. The HEART Act eliminates barriers for the adoption of telehealth services in rural areas, expands telehealth services to rural clinics and Metropolitan Statistical Areas of 70,000 people or fewer, and adds Medicare coverage for remote patient monitoring of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Congressman Duffy released the following statement: “People in rural areas across America have been left behind, and they deserve access to modern medical practices. The HEART Act will help Americans improve healthcare quality and contact with healthcare professionals, regardless of where they live.”
• Telehealth video consultations are expected to grow from 19.7 million in 2014 to a projected 158.4 million by 2020
• The number of telemedicine visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries increased by 28% per year from 2004 to 2013, for a total of 107,000 visits provided in 2013
• Telemedicine is important in rural communities. Over 40,000 rural Medicare beneficiaries received at least one telemedicine visit in 2013
• MedPAC Commissioners in 2016 noted the benefits of telehealth for patients, including less time lost due to travel and greater convenience, and expressed concern that Medicare may be proceeding too cautiously on coverage of telehealth services.
• The annual cost to deploy the telehealth program in 2012 was $1,600 per patient per year, compared to over $13,000 for traditional home-based care and over $77,000 for nursing home care.
• Between 2006 and 2009, Medicare saved $670 million and avoided 20,500 readmissions by discharging chronic patients to home health services instead of traditional post-acute care models
To view the entire bill, please click HERE.
Hope you are doing well. As always, there's a lot going on in our neck of the woods in Wisconsin and in Washington DC- so let's get right to it!
The People's Choice Award It's that time of year again... time for the People to make their choice! We are blessed with so many great young artists. This year, we received 78 pieces of art from 15 different schools around the district- our most since I've been in Congress!
"Like" your favorite artwork on Facebook by clicking HERE or the image below. Choose your favorite artwork by 5:00 PM Central on Friday May 5. Time is running out so make your voice heard today!
Free Speech On Our Campuses: On Friday, I sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, requesting that she recommend ways we can restore freedom of speech at our public universities. Recently, UC Berkeley canceled a political commentator's speech on their campus because they disagreed with her politics. This sent a clear and disturbing message to protesters everywhere: continue the violence and you will win. Radicals and rioters are suppressing freedom of speech on campuses across the country, and we must find a way to bring back our constitutional right to free speech.
I recently spoke with Fox News about my letter- click HERE or the image below to watch.
Click HERE to read the original letter.
Snapcode Central: It is a priority of mine to stay in touch with you as much as I can. Whether it's an in-person town hall, tele-town hall, parade, dairy breakfast, and even social media- I will always be accessible to you. To find me on Snapchat, use the snapcode below.
Until next week!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, has hired a new Committee Designee.
John Hair: Hair, 36, most recently worked at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. He previously worked at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Carrying Capacity Network, and at the Florida-based law firm Aylstock, Witkin & Sasser, PLC. Hair’s father served the country for more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, and as a military brat Hair moved around a few times in his youth. Born in Louisiana, the family shortly thereafter moved to Korea for a year. He considers his home state Kentucky, having moved there by the time he was 4 years old. Just prior to high school his father was assigned to Germany, where he was able to travel much of Europe before going to college at the University of West Florida.
Hair begins in his role today.
Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) will bring one of Wisconsin’s “Academy Days” to the Seventh District. Interested high school students, teachers, and parents will be able to meet representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and U.S. Naval Academy.
Congressman Duffy will be available to media.
Saturday, April 29
Event is 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Congressman Duffy will deliver remarks around 9:15 AM
Newman Catholic High School
1130 West Bridge Street, Wausau, WI
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today sent a letter to President Trump asking him to stand with Wisconsin farmers by enforcing current trade laws and opposing Canadian policies that disrupt global dairy markets.
A portion of the letter reads:
“We write to thank you for your recent acknowledgement of Canada’s protectionist dairy policies and urge your administration to take swift action to hold Canada to its trade commitments in this area.
“The U.S. dairy sector relies on its exports to survive. In 2016, the industry exported approximately 15 percent of its milk production, worth roughly $5 billion. To our NAFTA partners alone, the United States exported $1.2 billion of dairy products to Mexico and $631 million to Canada. To that end, U.S. exports helped the dairy sector maintain roughly 110,000 U.S. jobs in farming and manufacturing.
“Unfortunately, Canada’s recent revisions to its milk classification system have prompted serious concerns. Canadians traditionally used five classes to price its products, ranging from fluid milks and creams to milk used for further processing. In April 2016, the Canadian province of Ontario began implementing a new milk price class, Class 6, which has dramatically altered dairy imports and skewed the market.”
More than 60 House Members signed on to the bipartisan letter.
The full text of the letter and signatures can be found HERE.
The April 12 letter that Congressman Duffy sent to the Trump Administration (Secretary of Commerce Ross, Acting-USTR Vaughn, & Acting Secretary of Agriculture Young) can be found HERE.
1208 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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Another reminder that Obamacare doesn't work. We must finally repeal and replace this disastrous law.
Congratulations to the world-renowned Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on being awarded the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Services.
Glad you had a fun time, Sophia! If you are from the 7th district and visiting Washington DC, consider scheduling a Capitol tour through our
Praying for Manchester. America stands with you.
The media would like you to believe that nothing is happening in Washington and that it's chaos all around. That's simply not true. Our economy,