Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Exciting News for Wisconsin

2017/08/02

Dear Friends,

We're hitting the home stretch of summer- and there's lots of big news going on in our wonderful state, so let's get right to it!

Foxconn Is Coming:

Awesome news for Wisconsin, as international electronics company Foxconn has announced that it will be coming to America's Dairyland with a multi-billion dollar investment. When you combine our state’s work ethic with the ideas from our state and national leaders, good things are bound to happen. With Foxconn coming to Wisconsin, we are on track to create thousands of jobs, offer an average base salary of over $53,000, and generate economic activity throughout the state! 

Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘share’ our infographic on Facebook HERE or by clicking the photo below.

 

Honoring Hmong Freedom Fighters: 

I recently co-introduced a bipartisan resolution with Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman to honor Hmong freedom fighters who heroically supported and defended our United States Armed Forces in Southeast Asia. There are over 50,000 Hmong people in Wisconsin, and many of them have served in defense of America.

Click HERE or the image below to watch a short video of us discussing the resolution. Also be sure to “like” and “share” the video on Facebook.

Fall Internships With Us!

Calling all college students and recent grads! My offices in Hudson, Wausau, and Washington, DC are looking for interns for the Fall 2017 semester! This is a great opportunity to get on-the-job experience in a thrilling work environment! If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to jesse.garza@mail.house.gov for Wausau and Hudson and jake.orta@mail.house.gov for our DC office.

Click HERE or the image below to share this with anyone who might be interested! 

Until next week!

God bless,

 

Sean Duffy

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Sean Duffy Slams DC Court Of Appeals Ruling On Gray Wolves

2017/08/01

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today denounced the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling against the Obama Administration’s 2011 decision to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

“It’s outrageous that activist judges in Washington think they know what’s best for Wisconsin’s ecosystem,” said Congressman Duffy. “Just because wolves might not appear as a problem at environmentalist galas in Washington, they are a very real concern to farmers and ranchers in Wisconsin. Our farmers deserve to be able to protect their livestock, and they should not suffer because of the decisions made by an overreaching federal government a thousand miles away. I urge the Department of the Interior to appeal this decision, and I will continue to fight for legislation that will delist the gray wolf.”

Background: In 2011, the Obama Administration delisted the gray wolf in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio.

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Why We Cherish Wisconsin

2017/07/27

Dear Friends,

Wisconsin is truly a special place, and I wanted to show you a few (of the many) reasons why it's important to me: the food, the great outdoors, and our desire to help others.

Wisconsin Pancakes: Saturday mornings are an important to our family. With so many people on the go, it's one of the rare times in the week we can sit down and catch up.

Rachel and I recently had six assistant chefs to help cook one of our favorite family recipes for those Saturday mornings: lemon ricotta pancakes! We all know pancakes are great to begin with, then when you top them off with Wisconsin ricotta cheese, Wisconsin blueberries, and Wisconsin maple syrup? Downright delicious! 


Click HERE or the image below to watch us discuss our recipe and why it's important to our family!

 Celebrating Our Lumberjacks! Aside from the food, the great outdoors is one of the biggest reasons we all to live in Wisconsin. Skiing, fishing, hunting, kayaking... even lumberjack games! At the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, I was proud to announce my resolution to name the Lumberjack Bowl in the National Registry of Historical Places!

Our Wisconsin heritage deserves to be preserved and passed down to our children and grand children. Click HERE or the image below to watch the video from the Championships!

 Helping To Find Answers: Last fall, more than 100 Lac Courte Oreilles members petitioned me about a major mold problem on the reservation. After hearing from so many concerned people and personally walking through some homes that were impacted by the dangerous mold, I became convinced that we must work together to find out what happened with the money that was supposed to go to mold remediation.

That's why I recently held a bipartisan field hearing on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, along with Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. The members of LCO deserve answers. I told those in attendance at the hearing that if there's more money that's needed to take care of these homes, I'm going to fight to get more money. But I want to make sure first, that the money that we're sending is being spent well, and I don't, and I am nowhere near, convinced that that's the case. I am hopeful that we will get to the bottom of this issue once and for all so that people do not have to live in conditions like these. 

Click HERE or the image below to watch KBJR's (NBC of Duluth) coverage of the field hearing.

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Coverage of Congressman Duffy's Field Hearing At LCO

2017/07/26

 

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to take a second and show you some of the coverage of Congressman Sean Duffy’s recent field hearing at LCO.

The bipartisan field hearing addressed several issues involving Native American housing, including the mold issue at LCO.

Cheers,

-Mark

KBJR (Duluth NBC): Republican Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy expressed concern on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation on Friday that federal dollars, designated to resolve a serious mold problem in several homes, have not been spent correctly. The U.S. Government provided $800,000 dollars to mitigate the mold in 2015. Congressman Sean Duffy, and other U.S. Representatives toured one of many houses on the LCO reservation with serious mold problems, on Friday. This comes as the tribe is seeking additional federal funding to combat the issue.  If there's more money that's needed to take care of these homes, I'm going to fight to get more money. But I want to make sure first, that the money that we're sending is being spent well, and I don't, and I am nowhere near, convinced that that's the case," said Duffy.

WDIO (Duluth ABC): Less than 10 minutes inside a mold infested home on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation and government officials touring Friday quickly felt the effects. "I had to take my inhaler with me because the mold is so overwhelming," said Congresswoman Gwen Moore, representing Wisconsin's 4th District. She was joined by Congressman Sean Duffy and other officials for a Field Hearing addressing the "longstanding" mold issue, and possible mismanagement of funds to treat the problem. "You can't have children living in this environment," said Duffy. "I want to make sure that the money were sending is being spent well and I am no where convinced that is the case. From people that I spoke with, it shouldn't cost $143,000 to remediate a mold house." .... "If they need more funding, I will fight for that. I want to first make sure that the money we're sending is being spent well," said Duffy.

Dryden Wire: “I also represent the tribal members,” Duffy said. “And 113 of those members came to me.” Duffy asked Rose how many Congressional hearings have been held at LCO. “The answer is none,” Duffy said. “I’ve answered the call of your tribal members. I’m fighting for them.” Gokee then told the committee that she would release the documents Duffy asked for. “When I can answer that the money was spent properly, then I will join Representative Moore and fight for more money,” Duffy said. Duffy concluded the hearing by saying he was looking forward to working with the new tribal governing board seated just two weeks ago.  “I’m looking forward to transparency,” Duffy said. “This is about the children and families living in these conditions. That’s not partisan. That’s American.”

KDLH (Duluth CBS)

WAOW (Wausau ABC)

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Media Advisory: Congressman Duffy To Host Financial Services Subcommittee Field Hearing At LCO

2017/07/19

 

WHAT: 

Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a field hearing in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Also in attendance of the bipartisan hearing will be Wisconsin Representatives Gwen Moore and Jim Sensenbrenner.

This hearing will focus on Federal housing programs that affect housing for Native American communities and reservations. Testimony will address the efficacy of these programs, particularly the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, and any suggested program changes to improve effectiveness and accountability that will achieve a greater impact of improving the lives and economic opportunities for Native American communities. Testimony will also address H.R. 360, the “Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which passed the United States House of Representatives in 2015, and how that legislation might be used as a means to address Native American housing needs.

The witnesses for the hearing:

  • Ms. Heidi J. Frechette, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Native American Programs, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mr. Tony Walters, Executive Director, National American Indian Housing Council
  • Dr. Harry Malcolm, Essentia Clinic
  • Mr. Mark Montano, Executive Director, LCO Housing Authority
  • Ms. Rose Gokee, Governing Board Member, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe
  • Mr. Floyd Tortilita, Executive Director, Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority
  • Mr. Jeff Tribble, Member, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe

WHEN: 

House Walk-Through Arrival

Media is welcome to attend walk-throughs of homes at LCO which are in different stages of the mold remediation process. Please arrive at the parking lot of the Comfort Suites in Hayward by 7:30 AM Central. Click HERE for a map to Comfort Suites.

Walk-throughs

Will begin at 8:00 AM Central.

Hearing

Friday July 21, 9:00 AM central

WHERE:

Walkthrough locations:

After the walk-throughs, media will be directed to hearing site.

Pre-Remediation Unit:

13074W Watertower Lane

Remediation In-Progress:

13029W Watertower Lane

Completed:

6393N Conger Road

Hearing:

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School at 8575 N Round Lake School Road

Hayward, Wisconsin 54843 

NOTE:

Congressman Duffy will be available to the media after the hearing ends.

Background:

Click HERE for a special report, conducted in February 2017, from Duluth’s WDIO on the residential mold problem on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation.

 

 

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Media Advisory: Congressman Sean Duffy To Host Field Hearing At LCO

2017/07/18

 

Media Advisory: Congressman Sean Duffy To Host Field Hearing At LCO

WHAT: 

Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a field hearing in Hayward, Wisconsin.

This hearing will focus on Federal housing programs that affect housing for Native American communities and reservations. Testimony will address the efficacy of these programs, particularly the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, and any suggested program changes to improve effectiveness and accountability that will achieve a greater impact of improving the lives and economic opportunities for Native American communities. Testimony will also address H.R. 360, the “Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which passed the United States House of Representatives in 2015, and how that legislation might be used as a means to address Native American housing needs.

WHEN: 

Friday July 21, 9:00 AM

WHERE:

LAC Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School at 8575 N Round Lake School Road

Hayward, Wisconsin 54843 

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Congressman Sean Duffy Introduces The ROAD Act

2017/07/12

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today introduced the ROAD Act which amends Good Neighbor Authority to include the construction, reconstruction, repair, or restoration of roads within National Forests.

Currently, GNA allows the U.S. Forest Service to enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with states like Wisconsin to perform watershed restoration and forest management services on National Forest System lands. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) agreement with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, which is federally managed. However, permanent or paved roads in the forest cannot be built with GNA funds, even though most timber sales in national forests requires some sort of road construction or repair to haul the timber away from the forest. Without funds to repair and maintain these roads, loggers are restricted in their ability to reach timber parcels they otherwise could have. This change needs to be made to ensure that loggers can safely and more efficiently reach areas in national forests where timber is harvested.

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Putting Service Above Self

2017/07/12

Dear Friends,

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who reached out with their comments and suggestions on reforming the National Flood Insurance Program. It's an important program, but it owes taxpayers $25 billion and is in dire need of reform.

Your feedback is important on another issue: the 2017 Paul Bunyan Service Above Self Award!

Paul Bunyan was larger than life, and his legend has been important to Wisconsin's culture since the 19th century. In the spirit of Paul Bunyan, we are looking to recognize those who go above and beyond to serve others and make life better in their community. Maybe it's a coach, a teacher, a friend, a volunteer? Let us know about someone you know who is larger than life!

 

Nominate Someone TODAY by clicking HERE.

Click the image below to watch a short video with more details about the award.

Last year's winner, Fong Moua from Wausau, is an incredible young man. He created a youth organization, "Help Making Our Next Generation" (H.M.O.N.G.). With his organization, he helped teach Hmong heritage to kids throughout the area! We are very proud of all of all of Fong's hard work for our community. Check out our photo together when I presented him with a wooden axe last summer!

Thank A Copy Today!

If you turn on the TV, there is hostility and violence against the police in cities all across America. This is shameful, because our local cops go to work every day in order to keep our communities safe. The next time you see a local cop in your community, take a quick moment to say thanks - they deserve to know that we have their back. 

Click HERE or the image below to "like" our most recent "Thank A Cop Thursday" with Detective Todd Pearson of the Hudson PD!

 

Until next week!

 

God bless,

Sean Duffy

 

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Chair Yellen Admits To Duffy That Fed Has No Liability In Corporate Board Rooms

2017/07/12

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today discussed the scope of the Federal Reserve’s authority in American corporate board rooms with Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

Duffy pressed Chair Yellen on the role that the Federal Reserve Board plays on corporate board rooms, specifically on the aspects of what the Federal Reserve can require of a board under the auspices of safety and soundness. He went further by confirming that everything falls under the scope of safety and soundness, with the potential to force them to make changes in any number of areas without any liability.

Congressman Duffy noted that corporate board members have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders, and have civil and criminal liability for their actions, and inquired if the Federal Reserve was held to the same standard. When asked by Duffy if the Federal Reserve has “civil or criminal liability should things go wrong on a corporate board,” Yellen admitted, “not to the best of my knowledge.”

To watch the exchange in its entirety between Duffy and Yellen, click HERE or the image below:

Partial Transcript:

Duffy: “You can’t give me an answer because everything falls under the scope and that’s our concern. The Fed doesn’t have a fiduciary duty to shareholders. And actually board members have potential civil and criminal liability in their service on a board. Does the Fed have any civil or criminal liability should things go wrong on a corporate board? So board members are liable, how about the Fed?”

Yellen: “Well, we have supervisory responsibilities.”

Duffy: “No, no, you do but, are those Fed members who are sitting in on board meetings, are they potentially criminally or civilly liable for the decisions that they push a board to make?”

Yellen: “Not to the best of my knowledge.”

Duffy: “Mine either. That’s concerning for us. And I’m pushing you on this because you do have a supervisory role and I want you to do a good job. But from the feedback that we get, the involvement that the Fed has in our corporate board rooms has far surpassed I think the vision that any of us had in this room. And it concerns us.”

Yellen: “So let me say that we have talked to many corporate board members and understand that there has been an accumulation of a large number of items we have indicated that board members along with senior management should be responsible for. And we should clarify...”

Duffy: “I don’t believe you have the authority to make hiring and firing decisions, and that is feedback that we have had from members.”

 

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Congressman Sean Duffy Statement On The G20 Summit

2017/07/07

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released a statement on the Trump Administration’s trip to the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany:

“President Trump is fulfilling yet another campaign promise by putting America first through his fight for American jobs, prosperity, and safety. He is also fighting for American values and interests by reaffirming commitments to our allies and standing strong against our foes. I will continue to work with President Trump in his efforts to make America stronger and safer.”

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Contact Information

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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.


Serving With

Paul Ryan

WISCONSIN's 1st DISTRICT

Jim Sensenbrenner

WISCONSIN's 5th DISTRICT

Glenn Grothman

WISCONSIN's 6th DISTRICT

Mike Gallagher

WISCONSIN's 8th DISTRICT

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