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Quotes of the week
Particularly these cartels, they will rent someone else’s child, or have somebody else’s child just to stay in the United States. We shouldn’t be encouraging either one of those things.
– U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman in a Fox 6 interview. The Glenbeulah Republican said the government funding bill signed into law last week includes language that could allow criminals who have a child with them to avoid extradition. Grothman pledged to introduce a bill to correct the issue.
I do believe that the pathway to the presidency runs right through Wisconsin. My campaign showed how you win in Wisconsin.
– U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal. Pointing to her nearly 11-point re-election win in November, Baldwin said she sees her role in 2020 as “sharing the best wisdom I can about how the Democratic nominee can win Wisconsin and the presidency.”
This week’s news
— Wisconsin’s GOP House members aren’t saying how they would vote on a potential resolution of disapproval to reject President Trump’s recent national emergency declaration.
Meanwhile, two of the three Wisconsin Dems are already planning to support it.
National media reports show House Dems are planning to introduce a resolution on Friday led by U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, to block the emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The move would come a week after Trump’s declaration, which has raised concerns from Wisconsin Dems and Republicans alike.
That includes U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, whose spokeswoman said the Janesville Republican is worried “about the long-term implications” of the move and noted “the executive branch has extended its authority” for years.
But the spokeswoman declined to comment on a possible resolution of disapproval without reading the text, adding Steil would “carefully review” any legislation.
Meanwhile, the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who warned the declaration “sets a dangerous precedent which will undoubtedly be exploited by future administrations,” didn’t respond to questions about whether the Menomonee Falls Republican would back a resolution.
The other GOP offices didn’t return emails seeking comment yesterday or didn’t immediately weigh in on the resolution.
On the Dem side, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said the Town of Vermont Dem is one of more than 90 cosponsors of Castro’s resolution; and U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s office said the La Crosse Dem supports a resolution of disapproval.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, didn’t return a request for comment.
— U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is bringing back a bill to give craft breweries a tax break.
The bipartisan bill — led by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, in the House — would reduce excise taxes and other regulations for breweries, wineries and distilleries.
Baldwin noted a similar, but temporary, tax reduction was enacted in 2017. She stressed the bill would give craft brewers “permanent tax relief.”
“Wisconsin craft beer makers are small businesses that create jobs and help grow our economy, so we need to make it easier for them to invest in workers and grow their business,” she said in a statement.
— Libbie Wilcox, who served as spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, has left the Milwaukee Dem’s office.
She’s now serving as the press secretary and digital director to U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY.
Posts of the week
Great to stop by Lazy Monk Brewing in Eau Claire today to talk about a new bill I introduced last week that will give our small and craft brewers a fair shot. Cheers to Wisconsin beer! pic.twitter.com/J9oIIWi2rk
— Rep. Ron Kind (@RepRonKind) February 20, 2019