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Quotes of the week
There are completely different goals of a special counsel versus congressional oversight. I think, in this case, the most important thing is public disclosure. And that is harmed when you start having special counsels, and all the information is …gathered and is held close and sometimes never disclosed.
– U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The Oshkosh Republican said special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed “far too soon” and the intelligence panels in the House and Senate should have been allowed to first finish their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. See the full interview.
What this does is it says, “Stay in America, make it in America, be American, and you can compete in the rest of the world and do extremely well.”
– House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, who joined House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady at Southwest Airlines’ headquarters in Dallas to tout the GOP tax law. Hear his full comments.
Certainly there were some very disturbing reports about his travels. I certainly want to respect the job he did in implementing this really critical legislation that helps all veterans.
– U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, who praised efforts of outgoing VA Secretary David Shulkin on legislation that would change how the VA prescribes opioid medications. President Trump fired Shulkin last week.
This week’s news
— U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is holding his first town hall of the year in Speaker Paul Ryan’s district on Saturday.
The Town of Vermont Dem in 2017 held five total events in Ryan’s 1st CD. Those were in Racine, Kenosha, Janesville, Oak Creek and Walworth, according to Pocan’s office.
This Saturday’s event, which will include Ryan challenger Randy Bryce, will be in Janesville.
Last year, Pocan said attending events in Ryan’s district allows his constituents more power to persuade the House GOP leader.
“He’s the one who allows the tea party to still be the tail that wags the dog. And we need to make sure his constituents have every tool possible to try to influence him in a different direction,” Pocan told reporters in May 2017.
A district spokesman for Ryan said the Janesville Republican is “accessible and proactive in meeting with constituents” through town halls, constituent meetings, business tours and other events.
“Since becoming speaker, providing the highest-quality constituent service to his employers in the First District remains Paul’s top priority, and our office continues to provide many ways for Paul to engage in meaningful conversations with those he has the honor of serving in Congress,” spokesman Jordan Dunn said.
— U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson this week said he supports the Trump administration’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The president has a duty to protect American citizens. Securing our borders is a priority of his administration and this committee. I also look forward to working with the administration to fix the broken system and close legal loopholes that incentivize illegal immigration,” the Oshkosh Republican said in a statement.
— Timothy Svoboda has taken over communications in U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman’s office after the previous spokeswoman left at the end of February.
Svoboda has been working at the Glenbeulah Republican’s office for a little more than a year. He replaces former communications director Bernadette Green, who left to head to Silicon Valley to work as a public relations specialist at PayPal.
Green had worked in Grothman’s office since May 2016.
Posts of the week
Nothing better than getting out of Washington and doing some hands-on work in Marinette! pic.twitter.com/4tDGHqFZfO
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) March 29, 2018