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June 14, 2010 Blog Post

As of June 10, Medicare began mailing out $250 ‘donut hole’ checks to seniors stuck in the Medicare Part D drug coverage gap.  The checks will help defray the costs of prescription drugs as part of recent health care reform.

June 9, 2010 Blog Post

Tonight I will be holding the first of two telephone town hall meetings this week.  Participants on both calls will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions on current legislation.  The telephone town hall meeting allow me to reach thousands of western Wisconsin residents at once.  The meetings also provide an opportunity for you to hear about the issues affecting you and comm

June 8, 2010 Blog Post

Congress is back in session after a very busy district work period. In western Wisconsin, we were forutnate to have visits from both the U.S.

May 25, 2010 Blog Post

In honor of small business week, I'd like to recognize the small businesses in the State of Wisconsin and thank them for the role they play in our local communities. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  They are generating 65 percent of jobs, serve as important anchors in our towns and villages, and are vital to our economic recovery.

April 22, 2010 Blog Post

In the tradition of former Wisconsin Senator and Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson, we celebrate the 40th Earth Day today.  Senator Nelson would be proud to see how far we’ve come, elevating the state of the environment from a non-issue to one of the top issues in American politics.

April 21, 2010 Blog Post

Today the House of Representatives made our children’s health and well-being a priority with the passage of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act, H.R. 1585. The FIT Kids Act would work to ensure kids are active during the school day and are taught to be personally responsible for their health.

April 15, 2010 Blog Post

I recognize that many people in western Wisconsin have been affected by the economy.  That's why my office put together a resource you might find helpful.

April 12, 2010 Blog Post

This year, millions of middle-class families will find the tax burden lighter and bigger refund checks in their mailboxes. That’s because the Recovery Act reduced taxes by almost $100 billion last year and by $220 billion this year.

March 11, 2010 Blog Post

Thank you to all those you participated in my telephone town hall meeting last night.  We had a great turnout with over 5,200 callers.  I was able to address concerns and answer questions on a variety of topics including the economy, jobs, health care, fiscal responsibility, and education.  I also took the opportunity to ask callers a few poll questions.  I thought you might be interested in th

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