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                                                                                                                                                                                  Jim Sensenbrenner
                                                                                                                                                                                                             NUMBER 187 – APRIL 2011

  How can I help?
     By the time I hear about problems my constituents
  are experiencing with the federal government, it’s likely
                                                                     So whether it’s assisting a couple who have been
                                                                  waiting patiently to finalize their adoption in a foreign
                                                                                                                                                                                INCREASING DE                                          BT
  they have already tried unsuccessfully to resolve the           country, expediting a passport application, helping a            Wisconsin residents and citizens across the                                          This needs a fix, and I don’t believe the solution
  issue on their own, and they are frustrated. They have          returning Iraqi veteran receive his education benefits,       nation made their voices clear. They said they                                       is to simply raise taxes. First, w e can ’t resor t to
  sat on hold on an IRS 800 number, or written                    or getting to the right person at the IRS, I am proud of      wanted our fiscal house restored to order. I                                         t a x h i k e s e v e r y t i m e t h e c ou n t r y n e e d s m o n e y
  correspondence to the VA that has gone unanswered,              my efforts to help my constituents. It’s one of the most      agree. As this newsletter goes to print, Congress                                    a s o u r d e f a u l t o p t i o n — e s p e ci a l l y w h e n t h e
                                                                                                                                is still trying to pass a budget—one that keeps                                      p u b l i c s e c t o r g ro w s w h i l e t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r
  or maybe even waited years for Social Security to make          important responsibilities of my job.
                                                                                                                                necessary programs while also cutting spending                                       sca les ba ck; and second, when government
  a decision that directly impacts their quality of life.
                                                                                                                                to better get our debt and deficit under control.                                    raises taxes, that money tends to be spent on
  Here’s where I step in. I help my constituents navigate            If you are experiencing a problem with a federal                                                                                                other government programs, not to reducing our
  the bureaucratic maze and ensure they are going to the          agency, do not hesitate to contact my District Office at         The numbers speak for themselves: Wisconsin                                       debt and deficit—where it is desperately needed.
  right place for their questions to be answered.                 (262) 784-1111.                                               has a $3.6 billion deficit, and our nation has a
                                                                                                                                $1.65 trillion deficit. We’re not just
  Contact Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner                                                                                         broke. We’ve emptied the piggy banks
     Washington, D.C. Office                                      Brookfield Office                                             and maxed out our credit cards. There
     To write about issues pending in Congress, contact:          To get help with problems with federal agencies, contact:     isn’t any money left in government.
     2449 Rayburn House Office Building                           120 Bishops Way, Room 154                                     R ig ht now, we ’re bor rowi ng 4 2 cents
     Washington, DC 20515-4905                                    Brookfield, WI 53005-6294                                     o n e v e r y d o l l a r — m o s t o f w h i c h w e ’ re
     Telephone: (202) 225-5101                                    Telephone: (262) 784-1111                                     b orrow ing from China . We absolutely
     Fax: (202) 225-3190                                          Fax: (262) 784-9437                                           can’t continue down this path.
                                                                  Hotline: 1-800-242-1119
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                                                                                                                                over a trillion dollars more than it takes
                   See Congressman Sensenbrenner’s most recent floor speeches and videos at:                                    in. As our debt growth exceeds that of
                   youtube.com/RepSensenbrenner                                                                                 the overall economy, paying that debt requires                                         House Republicans are working toward a
                                                                                                                                more of the national income, and we need to                                          government budget that cuts spending, reins in
                                                                                                                                borrow even more to keep the government                                              programs we can ill afford, and begins examining
     Go to sensenbrenner.house.gov and click on
     “Sign Up for News from Jim” on the right side of the page.                                                                 running and honor our debt payments.                                                 how we can best reform entitlement programs—
                                                                                                                                F u r t h e r m o re , a s f o r e i g n e r s o w n n e a r l y h a l f o f         because if we don’t, our debt will continue to
                                                                                                                                a l l p u b l i cl y h e l d U . S . d e b t , o u r v u l n e r a b i l i t y i n   grow, and the problems in our state and our
     VISITING WASHINGTON, D.C.?                                                                                                 t h e w o r l d o n l y i n c re a s e s w h i l e o u r c o n t ro l o v e r        nation will only worsen.
                   Visit Congressman Sensenbrenner’s webpage as soon as                                                         our ow n d estin y d ecrea ses . For example,
                   you know your travel dates to request tours of the U.S.                                                      foreigners losing confidence in our fiscal                                             Cutting spending and programs is never easy.
                   Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Supreme                                                           sustainability and economic viability could                                          People are inevitably affected in the process, but
                   Court, Pentagon, Bureau of Engraving and Printing,                                                           demand higher interest rates to calm their                                           the only way we will return to prosperity is to
                   and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.                                                              perceived risks of holding our debt.                                                 make the tough choices and move forward.
                   You can also find Congressman Sensenbrenner’s
                   “Guide to Washington” there.
                                         CIVILITY IN GOVERNMENT                                                                                                Please Join Me at an Upcoming Town Hall Meeting or Office Hours
                                                                                                                                                               I welcome and encourage you to attend one or more of my Town Hall Meetings and Office Hours. I also invite you to
   One of the greatest things about democracy is the                          so high, nothing further would be accomplished in                                come if you are experiencing problems with a federal agency and need assistance. If you need any special
  opportunity for public involvement. A civic-minded                          the meeting.                                                                     accommodations, please contact my district office at (262) 784-1111.
  public is a cornerstone of a working democracy;
  however, for democracy to truly work, civility must                           While emotions and passions can run high, the vast                                   Saturday, April 2                                         Monday, May 9
  prevail.                                                                    majority of people attending these meetings have                                       9:00 a.m.      Hartford City Hall                         7:00 p.m.       Mequon Public Safety Building
                                                                              always been “Wisconsin nice.” Even during last year’s                                  1:00 p.m.      Delafield City Hall
    For years, I’ve been holding Town Hall Meetings                           intense health care debate, a respectful discourse was                                                                                           Saturday, May 14
  throughout my District to ensure residents have an                          maintained at all my meetings.                                                         Sunday, April 3                                           9:00 a.m.       Germantown Village Hall
  opportunity to ask questions and share the issues on                                                                                                               1:00 p.m.      New Berlin City Hall                       1:00 p.m.       Waukesha Public Library
  their mind. On average, I hold more meetings than                             Our state and nation must address critical issues
  any other Member of Congress, and I have a standing                         right now. And to solve these problems and become                                      Saturday, April 9                                         Sunday, May 15
  invitation to local representatives to join me at these                     prosperous again, we must rationally talk with each                                    9:00 a.m.      Elm Grove Village Hall                     1:00 p.m.       Slinger Village Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     1:00 p.m.      Thiensville Village Hall
  meetings, given the sometimes complex differences                           other and listen to what others are saying. We can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Monday, May 16
  between state and federal issues.                                           disagree without being completely disrespectful.                                       Sunday, April 10                                          7:00 p.m.       Richfield Village Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     1:00 p.m.      Hartland Village Hall
    Recently, at the Wauwatosa Town Hall Meeting, held                          Included in this newsletter is my list of upcoming                                                                                             Wednesday, May 18
  at the library, I adjourned a Town Hall Meeting early                       Town Hall Meetings. I welcome everyone to these                                        Saturday, April 16                                        7:00 p.m.       Delafield Town Hall
  for the first time ever. After 30 minutes of                                meetings and will continue to work to maintain that                                    9:00 a.m.      Oconomowoc City Hall
  interruptions, chants, and shouting, and my repeated                        individuals who are taking the time to come are                                        1:00 p.m.      Grafton Village Hall                       Sunday, May 22
  requests for attendees to be polite to the speaker,                         respected, safe, and hear a civil discourse in what I                                                                                            7:00 p.m.       Pewaukee City Hall
  honor the library rules, and respect other patrons                          always hope are productive, educational and                                            Sunday, April 17
                                                                                                                                                                     1:30 p.m.      Brown Deer Village Hall                    Sunday, June 12
  were ignored, it was clear that with emotions running                       informative meetings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7:00 p.m.       West Bend City Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     Monday, April 18
                                                                                                                                                                     8:30 a.m.      Helenville Fire Hall                       Monday, June 20
                                                                                                                                                                     9:15 a.m.      Sullivan Village Hall                      7:00 p.m.       West Allis Public Library
                                                               Congressman Sensenbrenner recently visited Rockwell Automation in                                     10:00 a.m.     Palmyra Village Hall
                                                               Mequon to accept the non-partisan Manufacturing Legislative                                           11:00 a.m.     Dousman Village Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sunday, June 26
                                                               Excellence Award from the National Association of Manufacturers in                                    11:45 a.m.     Genesee Town Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     12:30 p.m.     Wales Village Hall                         7:00 p.m.       Brookfield Public Safety Building
                                                               recognition of his consistent and strong support for manufacturers and
                                                               their employees. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said, “A                                           2:15 p.m.      Nashotah Village Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     3:00 p.m.      Merton Town Hall
                                                               vibrant manufacturing base is vital to getting our economy turned
                                                                                                                                                                     3:45 p.m.      Merton Village Hall
                                                               around and ensuring quality of life for all Americans. It is critical to
                                                               have lawmakers like Congressman Sensenbrenner whose actions
                                                                                                                                                                     Tuesday, April 19
                                                               consistently match their words when it comes to a pro-manufacturing
                                                                                                                                                                     7:00 p.m.      Cedarburg Police Department
                                                               agenda for economic growth and job creation.”
                                                                                                                                                                     Wednesday, April 20
                                                                                                                                                                     9:00 a.m.      Kewaskum Village Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     10:00 a.m.     Addison Town Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     10:45 a.m.     Jackson Village Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     12:45 p.m.     Sussex Village Hall
                                                                                           Name: ________________________________________
Purchase a Flag Flown Over the U.S. Capitol                                                                                                                          1:30 p.m.      Lannon Village Hall
                                                                                           Address: ______________________________________                           2:30 p.m.      Butler Village Hall
American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol are available for purchase at cost. Each flag
comes with a personally signed certificate from Congressman Sensenbrenner. Rules of        City/State/Zip: _________________________________
the House of Representatives expressly prohibit the resale or use for commercial                                                                                     Thursday, April 21
purposes of the flag.                                                                       Flag Type             Price          Quantity             Total          9:00 a.m.      Newburg Village Hall
                                                                                            3 x 5 Nylon          $18.00                           $                  9:45 a.m.      Fredonia Town & Village Hall
If you would like to place an order, please make your check or money order payable to                                                                                10:30 a.m.     Belgium Village Hall
SENSENBRENNER OFFICE SUPPLY ACCOUNT and send it along with this order form                  4 x 6 Nylon          $24.65                           $                  11:30 a.m.     Saukville Village Hall
to the address below. Please allow 4 to 8 weeks for delivery. Limit 3 per household.                                                                                 1:15 p.m.      River Hills Village Hall
                                                                                            5 x 8 Nylon          $29.15                           $
                                                                                                                                                                     2:00 p.m.      Fox Point Police Department
Send order to:    Sensenbrenner Office Supply Account                                                                          Grand Total $                                                                                    Congressman Sensenbrenner holding a Town Hall
                                                                                                                                                                     2:45 p.m.      Bayside Village Hall
                  120 Bishops Way, #154
                  Brookfield, WI 53005-6294                                                   Prices include the cost of shipping. Prices subject to change.                                                                       Meeting in March at the West Bend City Hall.
                                                                                                   Please consult my website for the latest flag prices.