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.
There is a lot going on in our neck of the woods- from town hall meetings and talking with students about our nation's service academies, to getting ready for summer by log rolling! These are just some of the things that make Wisconsin such a great place to live, play, and raise a family. Let me catch you up on the latest!
Twelve Town Halls: It's a priority of mine to be accessible to my constituents. That’s why when I first came into office, I made the promise to hold an in-person town hall in every county in the district, every year. And I'm proud to have kept that promise. This past week, I hosted my ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth in-person town halls of 2017 (In Langlade, Sawyer, Washburn, and Barron Counties). We were all able to engage in a civil, respectful dialogue about today's most pressing issues even if we didn't always agree on every issue. In addition, I look forward to seeing you all out at dairy breakfasts, parades, and "coffee with your congressman events."
Click HERE or the image below to check out Eau Claire's WQOW 18's coverage of the Barron County town hall.
Academy Day Is Fast Approaching! Attention high school students: are you interested in a world-class education while serving your country? On Saturday, April 29th, I will be hosting Academy Day at Newman Catholic High School from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. There will be representatives from all five military branches representing their respective academies. Admission is free, and parents, and teachers are welcome to attend.
Click HERE or the image below to see a video with more details!
Log Rolling At The Y! The YMCA's Healthy Kids Day is right around the corner, and it's taking place all over the country! The event is the summer kickoff for the Y, all to help keep our children active and healthy as the weather warms up. And at the Aspirus Branch of the Woodson Y, there will even be log rolling! Jessica Mowrer of the Y and I spoke with WSAW Sunrise 7 about how log rolling is fun, easy to learn, and is rooted in northern Wisconsin's history.
Click HERE or the image below to learn more about log rolling at the Y next Saturday!
Until next week!
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ICYMI: Coverage Of Congressman Duffy Town Halls
Good afternoon all,
This week, Congressman Duffy hosted his ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth in-person town halls of the year. He has kept the promise that he made when he was first elected in 2010: to hold an in-person town hall in every county of the district, every year that serves. Congressman Duffy holds more town halls than 98% of Congress, including ALL Wisconsin Democrats. In addition, you’re bound to see him in the district at dairy breakfasts, parades, and ‘coffee with your congressman’ events throughout the year.
Wanted to show you some of the coverage that Congressman Duffy received for his most recent round of town halls across the Seventh District.
Click the image of the news source or hyperlink in the citation to view each article in its entirety.
WQOW: Rep. Duffy Holds A Respectful Town Hall In Rice Lake. “Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District Representative Sean Duffy held several town halls Wednesday and one of them was in Rice Lake. There he touched on a number of topics, like the battle over health care and the struggle Wisconsin dairy farmers are currently facing. When the conversation turned to issues like gerrymandering and President Trump's travel ban, constituents weren't afraid to let Duffy know they didn't see eye to eye. But even when confronted by those in the crowd, Congressman Duffy said conversations like these are what Democracy is all about. ‘I think we're an example of what town halls should look like, which are actually a discussion between elected representatives and constituents,’ Rep. Duffy, R-Wausau, said. ‘I was incredibly proud and pleased with how this went today.’ ‘I think all town halls should go this way,’ Rice Lake City Council member Dan Lawler told News 18, ‘but I think Congressman Duffy impresses me because he is somebody that embraces other people's opinions.’” (WQOW, 4/19/17)
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: Rep. Duffy Meets With Constituents. “Health care, immigration and bipartisanship were prominent topics at a Wednesday afternoon listening session with U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, sometimes eliciting disagreement between attendees and the lawmaker. ‘There are stories across the spectrum on this,” Duffy said after an attendee explained that the Affordable Care Act works well for his daughter, even after inflated prices. ‘The American people, I would argue, haven’t agreed with your assessment on how great it is, because they’re getting hurt by it.’ Duffy’s session in a nearly full room at Turtleback Golf Course Conference Center followed similar stops in Hayward and Spooner.” (Eau Claire Leader Telegram, 4/20/17)
WDIO: Duffy Holds Town Hall in Hayward. “Republican Rep. Sean Duffy took questions on health care, abortion, domestic violence and more at a town hall meeting Wednesday. On rising health care costs, the congressman says drug companies should be allowed to recoup their costs, but cites the EpiPen as an example of price increases that went too far.” (WDIO, 4/19/17)
WJFW: Duffy holds Antigo town hall in advance of Trump's Wisconsin speech. “Duffy (R-Wausau) held a town hall in Antigo Tuesday morning before heading south to Kenosha for Trump's speech in the afternoon. The congressman took questions from dozens of people, mainly about health care and the GOP's failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. ‘It's in a death spiral and the prices are rising,’ Duffy said. ‘Even Democrats, when the cameras are off and they're not on the floor and you walk back to your office with them, they understand that this is problematic for them.’” (WJFW, 4/18/17)
Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) will host three in-person town halls to speak with constituents. He will be available to media. These in-person town halls will be his tenth, eleventh, and twelfth of the year so far.
Wednesday, 4/19 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Flat Creek Inn & Suites
Hayward, WI 54843
Wednesday, 4/19 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Best Western Conference Center
101 W Maple St
Spooner, WI 54801
Wednesday, 4/19 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Turtleback Golf Course Conference Center
1985 18 1/2 St
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) will host a town hall meeting to speak with constituents. He will be available to media.
Tuesday, 4/18/17 at 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
North Star Lanes
400 Prosser Avenue, Antigo WI 54409
I hope you all had a happy Easter weekend. A lot is going on in Wisconsin and in Washington, so let me catch you up on what's happening!
Academy Day Is Coming Up!
Attention seventh district high school students! Academy Day is just around the corner. You’re invited to come to Newman Catholic High School on Saturday, April 29th at 9:30 AM to learn more about our nation’s service academies. There will be representatives from all five military branches. Admission is free, and parents and teachers are welcome to attend.
Click HERE or the image below to watch a short video with the event's details!
Wausau Cops Surprise A Great Kid
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting a great kid in our community named Brady Duke. Brady graciously donated his Nintendo Wii to the Wausau Police Department after they lost their colleague the week prior. Nintendo caught wind of this act of kindness and presented the Wausau Police Department with a brand new Nintendo Switch to give to Brady! The officers and I surprised Brady at his Wausau home! I commend Brady for his kindness, and I'm thankful for our law enforcement officials who go out of their way to serve our communities every day.
Click HERE or the image below to "like" or share on Facebook.
High School Art Competition Deadline Fast Approaching:
It’s not too late for you to submit your artwork to the Congressional Art Competition! Your artwork could be featured in the U.S. Capitol! We want to see the best artwork from our district’s high school students. The deadline is this Thursday, April 20th at 5:00 PM central.
Click HERE to review all of the rules and forms for the contest.
Click HERE or the image below to see the video of where art from all over the country is displayed in the U.S. Capitol!
Canada's Unfair Trade Practices
We are called America’s Dairyland for a reason: when our farmers compete on a level playing field, their products can beat the competition throughout the world. But Canada’s unfair trade practices are hurting our hard-working Wisconsin dairy farmers. That's why I sent a letter, signed by the entire Congressional delegation of Wisconsin, to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to take action.
I recently spoke with WSAW Channel 7 about Canada's unfair trade practices, and the letter to Secretary Ross. Click HERE or the image below to watch.
Until next week!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today introduced the Defending the Agricultural Industry’s Requirements Year-round Act of 2017 (DAIRY Act), which expands the H-2A worker program to benefit Wisconsin’s dairy farmers. Currently, agricultural guest worker programs do not work well for dairy because the industry is not seasonal. This bill modifies the existing visa program to allow dairy workers to hold a visa for 18 months, giving Wisconsin farmers certainty about the stability of their workforce.
“I’m proud to stand by Wisconsin dairy farmers to modernize our guest worker program, because our farmers provide their products to market year-round, not just for a season. Dairy farmers and dairy workers alike deserve more certainty in this labor program, and my bill does just that.”
Click HERE for a PDF of the DAIRY Act.
Now that spring is in full swing in our district, I'm sure you'll want to be out and about with family and friends. But I still want to keep you up to date with the latest- so let's get right to it!
DEFENDING WISCONSIN FARMERS: Wisconsin’s dairy products are the best in the world, and when fair trade rules are applied, our products will always win out. But Canada’s unfair trade practices are making Wisconsin products uncompetitive, thus severely damaging Wisconsin farms. I recently spoke with WSAW News Channel 7 about this problem, and how we are taking steps to defend Wisconsin’s farmers. Click HERE or the image below to watch the interview.
CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION: Calling all high school students! It’s that time of year again. We want to see the best artwork from our district’s young artists. The deadline is just a few weeks away, so check out the details for the contest today. Click HERE or the image below to view the video.
Click HERE to review all of the rules and the forms for the contest.
CONGRATULATIONS JUSTICE GORSUCH: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is the kind of jurist all of us should want to see on the Court. He respects the Constitution in the way that the late Antonin Scalia did and he will be an impartial jurist who will serve the American people well. Click HERE or the image below to “like” and share on Facebook!
THANKS TO WITC: I want to give a big thanks to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and all the other hosts for putting on a great spring job fair. People from throughout the district were able chat with area employers about finding a great new job or career change. Click HERE or the image below to see more of this spring’s job fair.
Until next week!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and Representative Denny Heck (D-WA) released a bipartisan discussion draft to preserve the State-based system of insurance regulation and provide greater oversight and transparency on international insurance standards setting processes.
The International Insurance Standards Act would:
- Require that international insurance agreements reflect United States policy;
- Require that international insurance agreements reflect United States policy;
- Ensure that State insurance regulators are included throughout the negotiations of Covered Agreements and international insurance agreements;
- Enhance Congressional consultation and review of international insurance agreements;
- Require that Covered Agreements not include new prudential requirements for United States insurers; and
- Treat international insurance agreements and Covered Agreements as rules for the purposes of the Congressional Review Act.
Congressman Duffy: “I support America’s active participation in the world and believe that our representatives should advocate strongly on behalf of the U.S. insurance industry. Unfortunately, we have seen a rush to cut global insurance deals that lack clarity, reduce protections for policyholders, Federalize our regulatory system, and leave Americans’ representatives in Congress with little oversight of the process. Our state-based system of insurance regulation has work well for more than 150 years and should be held up as a model to be supported by our negotiators in international forums.”
For full text of the discussion draft, click HERE.
Stakeholders are requested to submit electronic copies of their input to: DuffySubmissions@mail.house.gov by April 20.
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.