Count U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse among officials saying they’re “mad as hell” about the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal in which vets reportedly died waiting for care and VA medical centers covered up evidence.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on House leadership to quickly move forward with his bill to open up the flood insurance market and allow more private businesses to compete and possibly lower prices for consumers. Currently, the primary option for property owners needing to purchase flood insurance is the National Flood Insurance Program, which can be costly.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Governor Walker requesting that for the health and wellbeing of rural Wisconsinites he give up his partisan crusade and accept federal money to expand BadgerCare.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind unveiled a plan to improve health care for Wisconsin. The announcement comes on the heels of Congressional Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare and the pressing need to work together to stabilize and fix the health care system.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind urged Congressional Leadership to stay in session in August to stabilize the health care marketplaces. With the Senate’s failure to pass a health care bill and the ongoing uncertainty, action needs to be taken to provide certainty and ensure Americans continue to have access to health care.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind helped secure funding to implement pain management reforms included in the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act. The funding, included as part of the 2018 budget, will assist in increasing programs to help medical professionals and patients understand the risks associated with pain medication and examine alternative treatments.
La Crosse, WI – This week, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted in favor of the Forever G.I. Bill, which expands the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. Rep. Kind is a cosponsor of the bipartisan bill and helped push the bill towards passage. It removes time limits placed on veterans to receive G.I. Bill benefits and gives veterans and their family members increased access to education programs.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will partner with the La Crosse Regional Airport to conduct an Airport Master Plan Study. The study will assist the La Crosse Regional Airport in making development decisions and help the airport remain an integral part of the community for years to come.
La Crosse, WI – Today, with ongoing severe weather leading to flooding and damage in western Wisconsin, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to quickly work to expedite the damage assessment process.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter urging the House Education Committee to pass his bill, the Pell Grant Funding Act, or include it in a comprehensive higher education bill. The bill requires the Secretary of Education to use the profits generated each year by the Federal Direct Loan Program to fund the Federal Pell Grant Program in the following year.
Eau Claire, WI – Today, the US House of Representatives passed US Rep. Ron Kind’s Honoring Our Heroes Act, making it easier for the families of deceased veterans to obtain replacement medals when the original medals have been lost.
In The News
by Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
On the last day of America's bloodiest battle, Alonzo Cushing was cut down next to the artillery guns he refused to leave despite the horrendous wounds that left him almost speechless as he whispered commands to his soldiers.
by Mike Tighe
La Crosse Tribune
Many people across western and central Wisconsin rely on propane gas to heat their homes and businesses. In light of the recent shortages and frigid temperatures, here are several ways to receive more information or request assistance:
Thousands of job-seeking Wisconsinites are struggling to make ends meet. House Republicans must allow us to extend UI benefits to those who rely on them, so they can feed their families and put gas in their cars while they continue to look for work. The longer that Congress waits, the longer that families and local businesses will suffer.
Washington – In a ceremony that many believed was years overdue, 33 tribes — including three from Wisconsin — on Wedne
By Patrick Anderson
La Crosse Tribune
Mike Jawson was told to follow the news to find out if he’d be going back to work.
Returning to his offices Thursday at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center was exciting, Jawson said, but it also means getting up to speed after weeks of being shut down.
by Nathan Vine
Stevens Point Journal
People want information on the Affordable Care Act — from details about their options, to what they will have to do as part of the program — rather than political viewpoints for or against it, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says.
by M.D. Kittle
MADISON — The days of $4 million training conferences and motivational employee dance videos at the Internal Revenue Service could be a thing of the past under a bill cosponsored by a Wisconsin congressman.
La Crosse Tribune
Growing up in La Crosse, I had the value of a dollar instilled in me at a very young age. It’s a value we share here in Wisconsin. Families and businesses from West Salem to West Allis know how to manage their budgets, make the most out of every dollar, and tighten their belts when times are tough.
Moundview employees, volunteers advocate for local health care
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
Several managers, volunteers and governing board members from Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics recently had an opportunity to meet with legislators to discuss the challenges rural hospitals are facing.