Sensenbrenner: Comprehensive tax reform benefits everyone

Jim SensenbrennerInterest in the health of our nation’s economy is universal to every American. Political ideology aside, the state of our economy directly affects our ability to provide for our families, grow our businesses, and save for the future. As the debate on tax reform continues in Washington, I think it’s important to talk about why it matters here in Wisconsin.

Read more by Cong. Jim Sensenbrenner at jsonline.com

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: I show up for my constituents

Dear Editor: On March 1, the Cap Times published a column by Dave Zweifel in which he claimed that I “couldn’t possibly think that those constituents are worth representing” referring to those who come to my town hall meetings with views different from my own. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Nationwide, elected officials are being criticized for not holding town hall meetings. I have prioritized them. I hold more than any other member by far — hosting more than 100 meetings annually, and they are all in-person so my constituents, no matter their political leanings, can speak to me face to face.

During the months leading to Nov. 8, I was clear and honest about my agenda, just as I have been since my first term in Congress. Voters know what they’re getting with me, because when I make a promise, I keep it.

Read more by Cong. Jim Sensenbrenner at madison.com

Here Are The Top Ten Lawmakers Holding Town Halls By Party

Cong. Jim Sensenbrenner is #1!

That’s right, the top ten congressmen that are holding the most town halls in order for their constituents to speak to them are exclusively Republican.

Not only that, according to the site Legistorm, 24 of the 28 who have held the most town halls are Republican as well.

Read more at redstate.com

Swarming crowds and hostile questions are the new normal at GOP town halls

Republicans in deep-red congressional districts spent the week navigating massive crowds and hostile questions at their town hall meetings — an early indication of how progressive opposition movements are mobilizing against the agenda of the GOP and President Trump.

Read more by Kelsey Snell, Paul Schwartzman, Steve Friess and David Weigel at washingtonpost.com

The law already allows Donald Trump to build the wall

There’s no shortage of people telling Donald Trump he can’t build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And maybe, in the end, he won’t do it. But at the moment Trump takes office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall. Yes, there will be obstacles — what’s the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? — but the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward.

As in other areas of immigration enforcement, Trump will be able to effect radical change simply by following the law. In this case, it is the Secure Fence Act, passed in 2006 with bipartisan support — 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate, including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Read more by Byron York at washingtonexaminer.com

On this day in 1865, Slavery was Abolished by the REPUBLICAN PARTY

On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment — abolishing slavery — became part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states.

Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.

All Republicans in Congress voted for the 13th Amendment, while nearly all Democrats voted against it. So strongly did President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) support the 13th Amendment, he signed the document, though presidential approval is not part of the amendment process.

Yes, outlawing slavery was a Republican achievement.

From Grand Old Partisan

New Clinton emails reveal how Clinton aides fed questions she wanted to the Benghazi hearing for senator now facing corruption indictment

A top aide to Hillary Clinton fed questions to a senator before a crucial hearing about her role in the Benghazi terrorist attack, freshly-released emails show.

The 2013 message from Clinton’s communications advisor Philippe Reines says that the team ‘wired it’ so that Democratic senator Robert Menendez would ask about two topics Clinton wanted to answer – which he duly did.

Read more by Freya Berry at DailyMail.co.uk