Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Congressman Sean Duffy Introduces Whistleblower Protection Legislation

2017/06/23

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today introduced the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill adds protections for probationary period whistleblowers who are retaliated against; ensures federal employees have a better understanding of whistleblower protections and their rights; and sets minimum discipline standards across all agencies for retaliation. It also ensures that accessing the medical file of an employee in retaliation for blowing the whistle – something that OSC says happens all too often at the VA – is treated as a prohibited personnel action and that supervisors are punished accordingly. It also requires the VA to come up with a plan to restrict unauthorized employee access to medical files.

Named after Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, who was fired after he questioned the over-medication of veterans being treated at the facility. On the day of his termination, Dr. Kirkpatrick committed suicide.

“Dr. Kirkpatrick did everything he could to unveil the alarming over-medication of veterans at the Tomah VA, and it ended up costing him his job and his life,” said Congressman Duffy. “This whistleblower protection bill will honor his legacy and take further steps to protect the courageous men and women who stand up for what’s right against immoral behavior within our government.”

An identical bill introduced by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) passed the Senate on May 25, 2017.

Background

USA Today profiled Dr. Kirkpatrick of the Tomah VA, who was harassed, reprimanded, and fired for being a whistleblower. On the day of his firing, Dr. Kirkpatrick committed suicide. Click HERE to read his story.

Additional Background:

Congressman Duffy has stood up for whistleblowers through recently legislation:

  •          Today’s legislation bill text in full HERE.

           Congressman Sean Duffy’s Whistleblower Protection Bill Now Law.

           Congressman Duffy Supports VA Accountability And Whistleblower Protection Act.

 

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Congressman Sean Duffy’s Whistleblower Protection Bill Now Law

2017/06/23

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released a statement on the bipartisan Follow the Rules Act becoming law:

“Whistleblowers play an important role in rooting out the bad actors who stand in the way of good government. But a glaring gap in whistleblower protections threaten whistleblowers’ ability to stand up for what is right. The Whistleblower Protection Act provides Federal workers with certain legal safeguards to disclose if they are being asked to break a law, but the same protections do not apply to those who are ordered to violate rules and regulations. The Follow the Rules Act fixes the law to fill this wide gap.” 

Background:

This bill comes on the heels of a landmark Federal court decision that found that the Whistleblower Protection Act safeguards Federal workers against employment retaliation for refusing orders to violate Federal law, but those same safeguards do not apply to employees who refuse to violate rules and regulations, despite the fact that rules and regulations are supposed to be derived of law. The Follow the Rules Act addresses this glaring inconsistency.  

An example of the kind of rules and regulations Federal employees should follow: Consider sanctions against North Korea, which Congress directed the President to promulgate in the form of Federal rules and regulations. Previously, Federal employees who are told by their supervisor(s) to violate North Korean sanctions have no whistleblower protections. The Follow the Rules Act fixes this.

To read more about the bill, please click HERE.

 

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Dangerous Mold Where Kids Sleep

2017/06/20

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a good Father's Day weekend.

This week, I'd like to update you about the latest developments in the mold remediation efforts within the Lac Courte Oreilles community in northern Wisconsin, and the condition of my friend, Congressman Steve Scalise. 

Dangerous Mold Where Kids Sleep: 

Last fall, 113 LCO members petitioned me to investigate the dangerous mold issue impacting LCO families. Taxpayer dollars were provided to help address the issue - but the mold remains. That's why it's so important to see how that money was spent. In homes that I've personally toured, large amounts of dangerous mold can be found in all parts of the home- the kitchen, the basement, and even covering the wall of a bedroom, mere inches away from where kids sleep at night. No one should have to live in these conditions.

That's why I recently asked the Housing & Urban Development Inspector General and Secretary Ben Carson to help in the investigation. 

Click HERE or the image below to view my interview with WDIO (ABC Duluth) about my request.


 

And click HERE or the image below for WDIO's original report on the LCO mold issue, which includes in-depth analysis, photos, and video.

 

Praying For Scalise:

Please join me in praying for the speedy recovery of Congressman Steve Scalise, and all those who were injured in last week's attack in Alexandria, Virginia (including congressional staff and police officers). Mr. Scalise and his Republican colleagues were practicing early in the morning for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which raises money for at-risk youth, when a gunman opened fire. While we hear he is in better spirits and his condition has been upgraded to "serious," he is still being monitored closely. 

Click HERE or the image below to view the picture of Congressman Scalise and I discussing the importance of the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

Thank A Cop:

It has been widely noted that if police were not on the scene, that Congressman Scalise, as well as several dozen other people, would have likely been hurt or killed. (Two officers were wounded in the attack.) This is a stark reminder that cops across our nation go to work every day in order to protect our communities - and their families hope and pray that they return safely at the end of the day. Please take the time this week to thank a local cop in your community for all that they do.

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Until next week!

God bless,

Sean Duffy

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Congressman Duffy Supports VA Accountability And Whistleblower Protection Act

2017/06/13

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today voted in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the Secretary of the VA to dismiss poorly-performing employees and those who engage in misconduct, while ensuring important due process protections for whistleblowers. With real accountability standards in place, there can now be real change to fix the VA.

  • Specifically, the bill creates a new streamlined process to remove or discipline VA employees for poor performance or misconduct with a shortened timeline, while still protecting employees’ due process rights, and would provide them the ability to appeal.
     
  • Expands protections for whistleblowers and prevents the VA from using removal authority if the employee has an open whistleblower case with the Office of Special Counsel.
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Congressman Sean Duffy Reaffirms Opposition To Nuclear Waste Repository Near Great Lakes

2017/06/07

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today reaffirmed his opposition to Canada’s plan to build a nuclear waste repository near our treasured Great Lakes. The bipartisan letter was sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing concern over Canada’s plan.

Below is the letter in its entirety.

Dear Secretary Tillerson:

For some time, a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress from the states bordering the Great Lakes have expressed our strong concerns to a proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to construct a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste (DGR) less than one mile from the Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario. 

Nearly one tenth of the U.S. population lives in the Great Lakes basin, and more than 35 million people, approximately 24 million Americans, rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water, jobs, and their way of life.  In fact, the Great Lakes account for more than 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply.  Given the extraordinary importance of this precious resource, we, along with many of our colleagues, have repeatedly emphasized our opposition to permanently burying nuclear waste within the Great Lakes basin.

Shortly after President Trump’s election, OPG released a study on potential alternate locations for the DGR.  In that report, OPG recognized that there are other viable locations to store nuclear waste in Ontario that would be technically feasible, and we have asked the Canadian government to require OPG to select a site that is outside the Great Lakes basin.

Despite OPG’s initial report that contained false claims based on social media and internet activity to demonstrate “little public interest among the general public for the proposed DGR in Kincardine, 186 local, county, and state governments representing 23 million constituents in both the United States and Canada have passed resolutions explicitly opposing OPG’s proposal.

This week, in response to questions raised by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, OPG released a 145 page document answering 23 questions to support its DGP proposal for the Bruce Power Complex in Kincardine.  After reading this report, it is our strong belief that this new report from OPG doubles down on the proposal behind two inconvenient facts for the company they believe an alternative site would be more expensive and a new site would take longer to construct. 

We cannot let cost be the sole driving factor in this critical decision, as storing nuclear waste in the Great Lakes basin bears far too great a risk that would be fundamentally devastating to an entire region. Any contamination whatsoever would pose disastrous repercussions as all of the lakes are connected to one another, and no barrier, man-made or natural, would be able to stop a potential catastrophe of epic proportions.

We write to urge you to do everything in your power – through both diplomatic and legal channels – to protect our Great Lakes and to convince the Canadian government to require OPG to select an alternative site that will not place the health, safety, and economic security of Americans at risk.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. We stand ready to partner with you in any way can to make sure the Great Lakes are preserved for generations of Americans to come.

 

For a PDF of the bipartisan letter, click HERE.

 

 

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And The Winner Is...

2017/06/06

Dear Friends,

There's a lot of exciting stuff happening both in our neck of the woods in Wisconsin and in Washington, DC so let's get right to it!

Congressional Art Competition Winner: Congratulations to Lena Brearley from Wausau East High School for winning the 2017 Congressional Art Competition with a piece titled "Morning Light." Her artwork will be displayed in the US Capitol for an entire year! 

Click HERE or the image below to view.

The Obamacare Of Banking Rules: When the financial reform legislation known as Dodd-Frank was enacted more than six years ago, President Obama and Democrats in Congress promised the American people that this law would “lift the economy,” that their hard-earned money would be safer, financial markets would be more stable, and that no one institution would threaten the soundness of the global financial system. As the provisions of Dodd-Frank have been implemented, it’s clear that promises President Obama and Democrats in Congress made were nothing but lies. Under the "Obamacare of banking regulation," Dodd-Frank, the costs of doing business have gone up, while benefits have gone down. Mortgages have been harder to obtain. Recall that your local banks likely used to offer free checking, and that getting a loan to open a new small business used to be a normal function in pursuing the American dream. Not anymore. Big Government often intervenes with the stated intention of helping the "little guy," but it's exactly the little guy that ends up getting hurt by their policies.

That's why this week, the House is going to vote to get rid of Dodd-Frank and replace it with a better way: the Financial CHOICE Act. It will help small banks and credit unions to once again be the cornerstone of their communities, end "too big to fail" for big banks, and rein in the unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Click HERE or the image below to "like" or share on Facebook!

Getting Our Agenda Done: You might be hearing from many in the media that the Republican agenda has stalled. That is simply not true. In the House, we have passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. We are holding public hearings on massive tax reform, and as stated above, we're on the verge of getting rid of Dodd-Frank. I recently spoke with CNBC about how our agenda will get our economy kicking into high gear. 

Click HERE or the image below to watch the interview.

Until next week!

God bless,

Sean Duffy

 

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Congressman Sean Duffy Spearheads Letter To SBA Administrator

2017/06/06

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today wrote a letter to Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon regarding disaster relief in Barron and Rusk counties.

Below is an excerpt of the letter:

We write to offer our full support of Governor Scott Walker’s recent request to have staff from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance come to Wisconsin and assess the damage caused by the May 16, 2017, tornado touchdown in Rusk and Barron counties.  Besides meeting with affected residents and touring damaged areas of both counties, it is our understanding that SBA staff also would meet with relevant state and local officials.

The tornado in question has been judged to have been a “severe damage” storm, scaled as an EF-3.  Its ground force winds were measured at between 135 mph and 165 mph as it moved over 80 miles of terrain.  Unfortunately, it destroyed dozens of homes and several businesses.  Most regrettably, it caused the death of one person and injured more than 20.  Especially hard hit were residents of the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park in Barron County.  At this time, private property damage estimates fall in the $7 million to $8 million range.

As you know, a SBA declaration and the subsequent offering of low-interest loans to qualified families and businesses could provide crucial, timely assistance to many of our constituents, including farmers, who now find themselves severely financially distressed.  If the SBA agrees to make economic injury loans available, the eventual repair or replacement of assets such as real estate, personal property, farm machinery and business equipment will help recipients better manage the individual financial damage the tornado caused them.

Again, we believe Governor Walker’s request to have relevant SBA staff become involved in our tornado response efforts has merit.  We respectfully request you grant his request. 

BACKGROUND:

Click HERE to read the bicameral, bipartisan letter in its entirety.

 

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Congressman Sean Duffy’s Statement On NFIP Discussion Draft

2017/05/25

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today released the following statement on the recently released National Flood Insurance Program discussion draft:

“We’re releasing this discussion draft so that all sides can continue to provide input into protecting the program integrity of the NFIP. So far, we have incorporated ideas from both Republicans and Democrats, Members from inland and coastal areas, and stakeholders across several industries. The ideas stemming from this open process will ensure that everyone who needs flood insurance will have access to it while ensuring that the NFIP does not fall further into debt.” 

Background: Linked sections of the Discussion Draft and their summaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What The Media Doesn't Tell You About Our Economy

2017/05/23

Dear Friends,

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!

God bless,

Sean Duffy

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Why Town Hall Meetings Are So Important

2017/05/17

Dear Friends,

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.

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Rep. Sean Duffy on Fox and Friends Weekend

2017-06-26 13:23:48


Rep. Sean Duffy Discussing LCO Investigation

2017-06-16 14:01:30


Congressman Sean Duffy Profile

2017-06-13 15:26:45


Rep. Sean Duffy - Financial CHOICE Act Gives a Win to the Little Guy

2017-06-08 20:48:46


Rep. Sean Duffy Questions Witnesses at NFIP Hearing

2017-06-07 15:56:46


Rep. Sean Duffy Opening Remarks at National Flood Insurance Program Hearing

2017-06-07 15:14:26


Rep Sean Duffy: Republican Healthcare Bill Will Help Americans

2017-05-05 20:27:01


Congressman Sean Duffy Comments About Obamacare Repeal

2017-05-04 19:01:28


The little guy always loses with big government

2017-05-03 16:42:53


Rep. Sean Duffy Opening Remarks at Financial CHOICE Act Markup 5/2/17

2017-05-02 16:25:25


Rep. Sean Duffy on Fox and Friends discussing Trump's First 100 days

2017-05-01 13:45:01


WSAW - Rep. Sean Duffy on Log Rolling

2017-04-24 12:49:27


WJFW - Coverage of Rep. Sean Duffy's Antigo Townhall

2017-04-20 16:11:47


WQOW - Rep. Sean Duffy holds Townhall in Rice Lake

2017-04-20 14:37:43


Rep. Sean Duffy on CNN discussing Buy American, Hire American Executive Order

2017-04-19 15:05:59


Rep. Sean Duffy on Brian Kilmeade Radio Show 4/18/17

2017-04-18 16:49:41


Rep. Sean Duffy on the Jerry Bader Show 4/18/17

2017-04-18 16:29:08


Rep. Sean Duffy on CNN New Day discussing North Korea

2017-04-17 13:02:20


WAOW - Wausau Police and Rep. Sean Duffy Reward Boy for Act of Kindness

2017-04-12 13:51:42


WTMJ - Rep. Sean Duffy on Tax Reform

2017-04-12 13:50:46


Contact Information

1208 Longworth HOB
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.


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