Since the Last E-Newsletter

The high points:

Drought Assistance:  I joined with other members of our congressional delegation to support the governor's successful request for drought assistance.  Impacted counties in the 6th District are Adams, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, and the contiguous counties of Calumet, Sheboygan, Waushara and Winnebago. Producers in both primary and contiguous counties are eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance. 

The farmers really need the help.

Spending Deal:  The House and Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to fund the government for six months after the end of the current fiscal year.  That's not as good as actually finishing this year's appropriations bills on time, by October 1.  But if the full House and Senate accept the leaderships' deal, we will avoid a government shutdown and all the chaos that would ensue.

Preventing Tax Hikes:  I recently joined with a majority in the House to approve legislation to prevent large tax increases in January.  The Senate has approved its own bill for this purpose, but negotiating the differences between the two bills will likely prove contentious.  It's very important that we work out an agreement since the middle class simply can't afford the tax increases currently scheduled, and indeed, any major tax increases would be ruinous for our shaky economy.

Pro-Growth Tax Reform:  My House colleagues and I recently approved expedited procedures for carrying out pro-growth tax reform next year.