U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WASHINGTON, DC 20515 PUBLIC DOCUMENT OFFICIAL BUSINESS PRSRT STD This mailing was prepared, published M.C. Congressman and mailed at taxpayer expense. 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 T h e p e rc e n t a g e o f o u r d e b t i n sensenbrenner.house.gov f o r e i g n h o l d i n g s i n c re a s e d f ro m 5 p e rc e n t i n 1 9 7 0 , t o 4 7 p e rc e n t i n Interested in more news from Jim? 20 10—t hat ’s g row th of m ore th an o n e p e r c e n t fo r e ac h o f t h e l a st 4 0 “Like” Jim Sensenbrenner on Facebook: yea rs. 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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. 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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.