April 2023

Protecting Social Security and Medicare

April 12, 2023 - 19:25

I wanted to make sure you saw my op-ed in the La Crosse Tribune over the weekend, where I highlight my commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare.

As I say in the op-ed, I will have no part in a debt ceiling negotiation that includes cuts to Social Security or Medicare. Fortunately, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle agree that Social Security and Medicare are not on the table. Senior citizens built this nation, and I will do everything to make sure that they have the benefits they earned. End of story.

What is Posterity and Why is it in the Constitution?

April 11, 2023 - 18:51

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Protecting Farmland for Farmers

April 07, 2023 - 07:32

Last week, I was proud to help pass the Lower Energy Costs Act – which will increase domestic energy production, reform the permitting process, and reverse anti-energy policies.

I was also proud to cosponsor the Defend America’s Rural Energy (DARE) Act, which was included as an amendment to the final bill. The DARE Act prohibits investment by foreign adversaries – including Communist China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea – in U.S. real estate suitable for renewable energy or renewable fuels production.


April 07, 2023 - 07:27

While Tuesday's election certainly didn’t yield the results we wanted for our State Supreme Court, we had record-breaking voter turnout for a spring election not coinciding with a presidential primary; and not all was lost in the election results as held the 8th district senate seat in a special election. Conservatives also prevailed in many other local government races.

Referendum Results

April 07, 2023 - 07:19

Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved three statewide ballot proposals, including measures that expand criteria judges may consider when setting cash bail.

The first question broadens language in the state Constitution by authorizing judges to weigh "serious harm" to include more definitions such as grievous bodily harm and mental harm as criteria necessary to protect the community when setting conditions on a defendant's release before trial, giving judges more leeway to keep the community safe.

Official Inflation Update

April 06, 2023 - 20:32

I wanted to update you on what the House of Representatives is doing to combat rising costs.

For two years, American energy dominance has been under attack at your expense. CNN reports that home heating costs have risen by as much as 45 percent, and farmers tell me that fertilizer and other input costs have skyrocketed thanks to a crippled supply chain and unprecedented government spending.