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Baldwin requests funding for opioid crisis while potential government shutdown looms

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and other senators called Tuesday for the legislation to include funding for the growing opioid crisis, while Congress attempts to avoid a government shutdown. A type of appropriation legislation, called a continuing resolution, is being negotiated in Congress to avoid a shutdown. Unless Congress proposes a new spending bill and President Donald Trump signs it into a law, the federal government’s funding will run out Friday at midnight. Issues over many aspects of the legislation have been debated, including Trump’s contentious promise to establish a border wall with Mexico. Members of both parties in Congress are to agree on a new spending bill.

Gov. Scott Walker spoke with President Donald Trump over the phone Tuesday about Canada’s new policy that has resulted in several Wisconsin farms going out of business or heading in that direction. 

Walker, Trump talk Canadian trade disputes, dairy

Following Canada's recent trade policy that hurts sales of American milk, Gov. Scott Walker spoke with President Donald Trump Tuesday about how to address the financial threats Wisconsin farmers face. Through the new policy, Canada has incentivized its domestic dairy industry to use Canadian products by significantly lowering the cost of ultrafiltered milk to outprice that of U.S.

Democratic U.S. congressmen met with UW-Madison experts, policy makers and labor representatives to discuss the “Future of Work, Wages, and Labor” at Memorial Union’s Festival Room Thursday.

U.S. congressmen, experts discuss labor force at Memorial Union

Congressional leaders, including U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., focused on addressing the political, economic and cultural concerns facing Wisconsin amid a changing economy during a discussion at Memorial Union Thursday. The panel met to talk about issues ranging from declining union membership, stagnant wages and job loss to racial disparity and public school funding. The panel included U.S. Reps. Pocan, Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., and Donald Norcross, D-N.J., as well as education, labor and policy professionals from around the country.

Four Republican bills were introduced last week to help homeless Wisconsinites get off the streets and into stable, safe housing.

Assembly Committee considers bills to combat statewide homelessness

With over 5,000 residents throughout Wisconsin having an unstable living arrangement every night, a committee in the Legislature considered a series of bills that address homelessness in a hearing Tuesday. The Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform discussed a package of Republican bills introduced last week that were initially criticized by Democrats as being a “cosmetic solution” that would not provide any real improvements for families currently living on the streets.


Trump signs executive order restricting visa program while in Kenosha

President Donald Trump signed an executive order while visiting Wisconsin Tuesday to aid American workers by limiting the number of highly skilled foreign workers that technology companies can hire. Trump signed the directive at Snap-on Inc., a large tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wis., where he gave a speech highlighting the importance of manufacturing.


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