This is Horrific
What we are witnessing in Israel is absolutely horrific. Make no mistake, this is a terrorist attack and Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas. The Biden Administration must support our ally, Israel, and stop handing over billions of dollars to Hamas's patron, Iran.
I talked at length about this attack with Vicki McKenna on her radio program. Listen here.
The New York Post article I mention in that interview can be found here.
Watch this latest video about the growing and out-of-control threat at our southern border.
If you or a family member require urgent assistance in Israel, please review the following resources made available via the U.S. Federal Government.
- The Department of State has a 24/7 coordinating group communicating with U.S. citizens and providing them assistance through phone calls and an online form. U.S. citizens seeking to be in touch with the U.S. Embassy in Israel can fill out the form or call 1-833-890-9595 or 1-606-641-0131.
- For the latest updates and travel information (including available outbound travel options), please monitor the messages to U.S. citizens from the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
- All U.S. citizens currently in Israel are encouraged to enroll their contact information in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- If you require additional assistance, you can also contact the Senator's office directly or by phone.
Staying in D.C. Until The Job is Done
Congress narrowly averted a shutdown at the end of September by setting a new deadline of November 17 for a spending agreement. And what does Democratic leadership do? They sent us home until October 16.
I joined 12 of my Republican Senate colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to keep the U.S. Senate in session until all 12 appropriations bills have been debated and passed by the Senate.
Our letter urges Schumer to modify the Senate calendar so that we remain in session Monday- Friday every week until all 12 fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills are passed in the Senate and House and signed into law by President Biden.
While valuable work is done when Senators are back in our home states, it is imperative that we remain in D.C. until our appropriations work can be completed. That is what the American people expect and deserve of us.
Making the Case to End Government Shutdowns
On September 29, I took to the Senate floor in an attempt to circumvent a government shutdown with the passage of a one-time, 14-day Continuing Resolution (C.R.) to fund government at the previous year's appropriation levels.
I used that time to also make the case for the bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2023 which would effectively end government shutdowns altogether by enacting rolling 14-day C.R.s until Congress passes all 12 appropriations bills.
Listen to the full speech here.
Addressing Washington's Dysfunction
Senate Democrats blocked common-sense solutions illustrating the extreme dysfunction in Washington which I discussed in depth on Fox News' Life, Liberty, and Levin.
We'll spend $1.9 trillion more this year than we did just four years ago. We should have been passing appropriation bills one at a time starting months ago.
What's so bizarre about D.C. is that it's so grotesquely dysfunctional, and yet there is a finely-honed process for plundering and mortgaging our children's future. It's that finely-honed process that needs to be broken and replaced with fiscal discipline.
We Need Answers About Wuhan Lab
I sent yet another letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and National Institutes of Health Acting Director Lawrence Tabak, reiterating multi-year requests for an interview with and records from Dr. Ping Chen, a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases official who, in October 2017, informed her colleagues about safety concerns at the lab.
New York Post: NIH Doctor Sounded Alarms about Wuhan Lab Safety in 2017
Young Wisconsin Farmers
In September, I met with a group of young people participating in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Young Farmers program. They were in Washington going through an advocacy training program learning how to advance the interests of farmers in Wisconsin.
Doors Open Milwaukee
On September 23, my Milwaukee office participated in Doors Open Milwaukee. It's an annual event organized by Historic Milwaukee to celebrate Milwaukee's architecture, history and neighborhoods. Our Milwaukee office is located in the federal courthouse built in 1892 and it's an architectural treasure. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
New Joseph Project Video
The Joseph Project continues to change lives in Milwaukee. Philip Coleman served 14 years in federal prison before coming to the Joseph Project in June of 2020. Now he is helping others not make the same mistakes. Check out his story in this new video.