Empower Wisconsin
All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

Congress’ phony crisis

There are no budgets in the Swamp. There are only continuing resolutions, or as one grassroots leader calls it, “the reality gameshow where members of congress trade unpopular policy and port projects for votes to fund the federal government for another six months …”

Wisconsin’s U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) wants to put an end to the game and the constant budget crisis facing the federal government.

As Justin Bogie writes in the Daily Signal, Tuesday will mark the 23rd straight time the federal government started the fiscal year with a continuing resolution in place to fund at least part of the federal budget.

Missed deadlines and general dysfunction have become the norm in the federal budget and appropriations process. That is a terrible trend for anyone concerned about mounting budget deficits and unsustainable federal debt.

Dysfunction doesn’t have to be the norm though. A bipartisan group of senators is working to ensure that Congress actively engages in the annual appropriations process and continues that work on it until it is finished.

The act would implement reforms compelling congress to make the consideration of spending bills a prorating, including withholding lawmakers pay if appropriations bills aren’t enacted on time and prohibiting congress from taking its August recess if all appropriations bills are not passed by Aug. 1.

Read more about the bill here.

Listen to more:

Explore More
Evers’ team’s sneak attack on property rights

Evers’ team’s sneak attack on property rights

The Evers administration and their government lobbying pals just got busted trying to sneak in a change to Wisconsin’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights that would have watered down protections against unwanted home assessments. 

Read More »

February 17, 2020
Leave it to Evers: Tony’s No. 29!

Leave it to Evers: Tony’s No. 29!

Gov. Tony Evers has been described as sub-mediocre on milk toast. The latest rankings of U.S. governors backs up that south-of-middling assessment. 

Read More »

February 17, 2020
Plot thickens in Oconomowoc mayoral ballot mess

Plot thickens in Oconomowoc mayoral ballot mess

An Oconomowoc mayoral candidate is launching a write-in campaign after the Wisconsin Elections Commission ruled he did not obtain enough valid signatures to appear on the spring ballot. 

Read More »

February 17, 2020
Tool of the Week: We Choo-Choo Choose these Milwaukee tools

Tool of the Week: We Choo-Choo Choose these Milwaukee tools

We’ve got a tool tie this week, and, interestingly, both of our “winners” come from a town known for tool-making. 

Read More »

February 17, 2020
Pritzker promises ‘busloads’ of activists pouring into Wisconsin

Pritzker promises ‘busloads’ of activists pouring into Wisconsin

The Illinois Democratic Party machine has earned a well-deserved reputation of playing dirty in politics. 

Read More »

February 15, 2020
Serious questions arise about jury leader in Roger Stone trial

Serious questions arise about jury leader in Roger Stone trial

Former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted former Trump adviser Roger Stone on obstruction charges last year.

Read More »

February 14, 2020
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *