Glenn being Glenn in Fond du Lac this morning

Republican Congressman Glen Grothman in Fond du Lac this morning.

This is what is called a tease. 

This morning I attended another one of 6th District Rep. Glenn Grothman’s town halls. This one in the city council chambers in Fond du Lac. As is typical at his town halls, Grothman, who is a Republican, did not have a lot of nice things to say about Democrats, although he regularly takes the time at these meetings to explain that he has a lot of Democratic Party friends in Congress. Hmm.

The three-term Congressman usually starts his meetings with about a 20-minute “legislative report” where he provides updates on legislative initiatives that involve him or which he supports. Then he opens the meetings up to what is billed as a question-and-answer session.

The questions come from those in attendance, but Grothman and his handlers ask that the questions be written down on cards during the registration process that proceeds the meetings. They also want your name and allied information, such as phone number and email address. Providing this information is optional.

During the question-and-answer period, one of Grothman’s staff calls out the name of someone submitting a question. At some town halls, the staffer reads the question. This morning, they did not. This gave those who had written their questions the opportunity to ask their question themselves.

This worked, but not always, and not always well, as when given an opportunity to ask their question, many people decided to elaborate or expand on their question. This meant there were a number of mini-speeches. Lots of opinions.

By itself, that wasn’t necessarily bad as many questions were somewhat detailed or complex.

Where things broke down was Grothman’s answers and his handlers tendency to call on someone else when Grothman struggled to provide an answer or when the questionnaire felt Grothman was deflecting or simply avoiding to answer. In essence, his handlers were sayng, “time to move on.”

Like most pols, Grothman is very adept at not providing direct answers (is there a school somewhere for pols who need to learn how to answer without really answering?).

So what were the questions and what were the answers (sure as they were)?

Sorry, you have to give me some time to review by notes before providing the answers (such as they were).

But check back and I’ll share with you Grothman’s comments on a wide variety of topic’s, including President Trump’s performance in office, the condition of migrants being housed at the border, gun registrations, assault rifles, social security, college loans, the first amendment, health care costs, his ability to have influence in Congress, whether or not it is OK for the President to ask a foreign state to interfere in our elections, Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and where those who don’t like living here should go instead.

All in all, whenever Grothman speaks, it is worth listening to, whether you agree with him or not.

After, he is our rep in Congress.

 

Grothman joins fellow Republicans in voting against House resolution that may lead way to a House vote to impeach President Trump

As expected, our guy in Washington, 6th District Congressman Glen Grothman, continued his almost absolute support for President Trump by voting today against the House of Representatives resolution seeking to launch a formal inquiry into whether President Trump should be impeached.

The House voted mostly along party lines to approve a resolution establishing the procedures for the impeachment inquiry’s next phase.

The vote was 232 to 196, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in voting against passage.

The resolution lays out the framework for public hearings and eventual proceedings in the Judiciary Committee, which would craft any potential articles of impeachment.

 

Glen Grothman Town Hall this Friday in Fond du Lac

Congressman Glenn Grothman, left, had an animated conversation with Green Lake County Dems & Friends members Linda Wilkens (center), Marion Sobieski (with sign) and Janis Edwards (right), at the Dairy Daze celebration in Markesan earlier this year.

If you missed the last round of his so-called town halls, please note that Rep. Grothman is scheduled for another meeting this Friday, Nov. 1, in Fond du Lac, at the Fond du Lac City Hall, at 10:30 a.m.

In the past, Grothman’s town hall meetings have followed the same script: He spends about 20 minutes providing his report on what is happening in Congress, followed by his responses to previously submitted questions. Note that attendees are asked to fill out forms with their questions when they register at the meeting. Grothman does not take questions from the audience. The forms do not ask political party affiliation, but they do ask for names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. The form also asks if you would like to sign up for the congressman’s newsletter.

At one of his last town halls, in Waupun, there were a number of Democrats in attendance from both the Green Lake County Dems & Friends and the Fond du Lac County Democratic Party. Questions they submitted were among those answered by Grothman. They were not screened out in advance.

At the Waupun town hall, Grothman’s answers to a number of questions did not sit well with some attendees and he was challenged by both those asking the questions and by those who felt his answers were misleading or inaccurate.

6th CD DEM candidates Matt Boor and Jessica King spoke at annual JFK dinner

Democrats Matt Boor and Jessica King, both seeking to unseat incumbent Republican 6th District Congressman Glen Grothman, were among the speakers Sunday night at the annual JFK fundraising dinner, Sunday, Oct. 13 at Ripon College. The event featured a number of prominent Democrats and featured keynote speaker Alex Lasy, a senior vice president of the Milwaukee Bucks and one of the leaders in bringing the Democratic National Convention to Milwaukee next summer. For more on Boor, check out his Facebook page. For more on King, visit her Facebook page.

 

Congressman Grothman speaks on border security, defends Trump on C-Span

Our Congressman, Glenn Grothman, made a presentation on January 29, 2019, in the House of Representatives on one of his favorite topics” border security. As he has done repeatedly in the past, Grothman defended President Trump’s position on the need for a wall. He also attacked those who claim that Trump has not compromised on the wall. Not much new here if you have heard Grothman’s positioning in the past, but the video, which runs for about 30 minutes is a good refresher on his thinking about the wall, President Trump, and the democrats who are really the problem.

View the video.

Thanks to William Wurch for alerting us to this.

Glenn Grothman and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the same House committee? Wow. Brace yourself Glenn; you’re in for an awakening

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won her bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in New York’s 14th Congressional District, at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Our Representative in Congress, Glenn Grothman, if he regains his seat on the House Oversight committee, just might end up sitting next to freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezight. Just how delicious would that be?

Ocasio-Cortezight was named to the committee this week by House Democratic leaders. Grothman, who has on the committee last term said Friday in Dalton at his town hall that he was not sure if he would retain his seat on the committee, but he hoped so. Here is a complete list of the Democratic appointments to the committee.

 

Rep. Grothman defends Trump’s stance on the wall, says funds for it could come from foreign aid budget or defense spending

Rep. Glenn Grothman addresses the crowd at a town hall Friday in Dalton.By Malcolm McIntyre

By Malcolm McIntyre

For a little more than an hour Friday afternoon, in Dalton, Glenn Grothman–our representative in Congress–held forth at what was billed as a town hall.

If you want to view and hear what he had to say, you can click on this link. However, if you don’t have time to view the entire WisconsinEye.org video, it runs a little more than an hour, here are the highlights of his opening remarks.

A separate article will summarize the questions that were asked of him by some of the more than 75 people in attendance.

For most of the remarks, which ran about 12 minutes, Glen offered a defense of President Trump’s fixation on building a wall along our southern border. And by extension, his willingness to continue the historic government shutdown.

Glen did not lead with the wall and shutdown. Instead, he talked about his committee assignments, but it is clear that the wall and the shutdown are foremost in his mind.

A conservative Republican, Grothman made no bones about his position on the wall. He supports it and President Trump’s desire to build a wall.

Using one of the President’s favorite words, Grothman says there was a “crisis” along the nation’s southern border. “We have a real crisis there and while I think the President sometimes tweets too much and calls people names, which is a little bit frustrating, he is 100% right and we got to get a handle on that border.”

He then added, “One way to get a handle on that border is building a wall.”

Grothman, who claims he is one of the more “frugal” members of Congress, then defended the projected costs of building the wall, while also admitting that no one, including the President, is sure what the total cost will be.

He did say that some estimates are as high as $25 billion, but he thinks it would be money well spent.

“The amount we spend every year on foreign aid is $38 billion, so spending $5.7 billion (the amount the President is asking for now) is only about one-seventh of that total.”

The Congressman then said that while he thinks $5.7 billion is “a huge amount,” when looked at in comparison to where we spent other federal dollars, the amount is not that much.

“That is one thing you don’t hear a lot about, how the wall cost stacks up proportionally against other things we are spending money on.”

Grothman explained, “There were huge increases in spending for defense and non-defense items over the last two years.”

So, he reasoned, spending $6 billion on the wall “is something like 1/13 or 1/14th of the increase in defense spending on an annual basis.”

He then explained that a wall is a permanent structure. It is not a recurring expense. Once it is built, he added, the only expenses are for maintaining it. Grothman did not provide an estimate for yearly maintenance.

He also did not acknowledge that the $6 billion that the President is asking for is only a portion of the projected total wall costs. For example, $25 billion (a projection often used) is approximately 66 percent of the amount spent on foreign aid in a year.

Another thing people don’t talk enough about, he continued, is parts of the wall have already been built.

“I don’t mean to be jaded here, but when I see people saying it is Ok for Bill Clinton to build a wall, for George Bush to continue building the wall and for President Obama to continue funding it, but now we have to shut down the government because we can’t let Donald Trump build a wall. You’ve got to wonder, you know, what’s going on here?”

Continuing on the wall theme, Grothman said people often ask him why doesn’t the President compromise so we can stop the government shutdown.

Grothman’s response was that the President has compromised, signing Homeland Security appropriations bills in the past that he did not favor because they did not contain funds for building the wall. Trump has compromised, said Grothman, “He originally asked for $25 billion for the wall and now he is asking for $5.7 million.”

Grothman did not say if that amount was a down payment on the total amount the President would spend on the wall, but if past reports are true, the $5.7 billion is not the full amount. He also did not address the President’s campaign promise to have the Mexican government pay for the wall. 

Meanwhile, the federal government is experiencing the longest shutdown in history.

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Grothman introduces bill that uses crowdfunding to pay for Trump’s border wall (why didn’t we think of that?)

Our guy, Glenn Grothman, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow you and me, and presumably all our friends, to fund the wall that President Trump wants to build for perhaps $25 billion.

In an article in the Jan. 4 Journal Sentinel Grothman, who represents Wisconsin’s  6th District in Congress (us) is quoted as saying that he introduced the bill because “many Wisconsinites” have asked him how they could help fund the wall.

Guess they have lots of money burning holes in their pockets. Grothman, like President Trump, did not feel is necessary to provide actual figures to justify his “many Wisconsinites” statement.  So Glenn, how many? Five, 23, 261, 10,000? Help us out here, please.

Glenn, being the innovative guy that he is, recently came up with the idea of crowdsourcing the project. Grothman’s office said he introduced “The People’s Border Wall Fund Act,” enabling Americans to “personally fund the construction of a wall on the Southern border.”

According to a news release, Grothman’s measure “would create an account within the Department of Treasury that would allow public donations (to) be used for the design, construction and maintenance of a border wall.”

There’s no mention in the news release that throughout his run for president, Trump said Mexico would actually pay for the wall. Small detail, right?

In November, Grothman earned his third term by somehow defeating first-time candidate Dan Kohl, a Democrat.

Grothman joins Rep. Steve King on bill that would end automatic citizenship status for children of illegal immigrants

Rep. Glenn Grothman has signed on to a bill introduced–again–in the House of Representatives that would end the practice of granting citizenship status to children born in the United States whose parents are not U.S. citizens. King has introduced the bill five times without success. It has 20 cosponsors, including our representative in the House. One of the bill’s champions is President Donald Trump, who may decide to bypass Congress and issue an executive order changing the current law. Here is an article on the proposed action by the President. If Trump did issue the executive order, it would be challenged in court as being a violation of the constitution.

The 14th amendment to the Constitution bestows U.S. Citizenship to most children born in the United States. Read article that provides a more in-depth look at the issue.

Grothman sponsors or cosponsors legislation regarding citizenship, Trump’s wall, abortion, sanctuary cities, and Planned Parenthood

Our boy Republican Glenn Grothman has been busy so far this year in the 116th Congress (2019-2020).

He has sponsored or co-sponsored a slew of bills in the House of Representatives. The bills he, his staff, or the various special interest groups that often provide the language for legislation, have promoted tend to reflect Grothman’s ultra conservative, right wing political agenda.

For example, in addition to the bill that would allow for crowdfunding of Donald Trump’s wall, Grothman’s name is on legislation that would deny federal funding to sanctuary cities or counties that are in violation of federal immigration laws; prohibit abortions in cases where there is a fetal heartbeat; place a moratorium on Federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.; provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization; amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose Federal taxes on bonds used to provide facilities owned by abortion providers.

Unless otherwise noted, Rep. Grothman is a co-sponsor of a particular bill

H.R.516
To make any city or county that has in effect any law or ordinance that is in violation of Federal immigration law ineligible for any Federal grant, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/11/2019) Cosponsors: (12Committees: House – Judiciary, Oversight and Reform, Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 01/11/2019 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the… 

H.R.491
To amend title 37, United States Code, to provide for the continuance of pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components thereof, during lapses in appropriations. 
Sponsor: Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] (Introduced 01/11/2019) Cosponsors: (19, including Rep. Grothman) Committees: House – Armed Services Latest Action: House – 01/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. 

H.R.490 
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectableSponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/11/2019) Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 01/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

H.R.380 
To amend the Federal Power Act to require the consideration of invasive species when prescribing fishways, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 01/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

H.R.369 
To provide for a moratorium on Federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Sponsor: Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] (Introduced 01/09/2019) Cosponsors: (95Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 01/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

H.R.367 
Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 01/09/2019) Cosponsors: (62Committees: House – Appropriations, Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 01/09/2019 Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the… 

H.R.305 
To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.
Sponsor: Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10] (Introduced 01/08/2019) Cosponsors: (19Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

H.R.299 
To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] (Introduced 01/08/2019) Cosponsors: (122)Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. 

H.R.296 
To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] (Introduced 01/08/2019)  Cosponsors: (74Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

H.R.271 
No Work Without Pay Act
Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] (Introduced 01/08/2019)  Cosponsors: (14Committees: House – Appropriations Latest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

H.R.256 
To allow the Secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/04/2019)  Cosponsors: (8)  Committees: House – Ways and Means  Latest Action: House – 01/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.238 
To authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor to James Megellas, formerly of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and currently of Colleyville, Texas, for acts of valor on January 28, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/03/2019) (Private Legislation) Cosponsors: (0Committees: House – Armed Services Latest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. 

H.R.219 
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose Federal taxes on bonds used to provide facilities owned by abortion providers.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (42Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

H.R.140 
Birthright Citizenship Act of 2019 
Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (27Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.  

H.R.74 
Grant’s Law
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (14Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

Grothman, in a stroke of genius, introduces bill to crowdfund the wall. Why didn’t we think of that?

Our guy, Glenn Grothman, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow you and me, and presumably all our friends, to fund the wall that President Trump wants to build for perhaps $25 billion.

In an article in the Jan. 4 Journal Sentinel Grothman, who represents Wisconsin’s  6th District in Congress (us) is quoted as saying that he introduced the bill because “many Wisconsinites” have asked him how they could help fund the wall.

Guess they have lots of money burning holes in their pockets. Grothman, like President Trump, did not feel is necessary to provide actual figures to justify his “many Wisconsinites” statement.  So Glenn, how many? Five, 23, 261, 10,000? Help us out here, please.

Glenn, being the innovative guy that he is, recently came up with the idea of crowdsourcing the project. Grothman’s office said he introduced “The People’s Border Wall Fund Act,” enabling Americans to “personally fund the construction of a wall on the Southern border.”

According to a news release, Grothman’s measure “would create an account within the Department of Treasury that would allow public donations (to) be used for the design, construction and maintenance of a border wall.”

There’s no mention in the news release that throughout his run for president, Trump said Mexico would actually pay for the wall. Small detail, right?

In November, Grothman earned his third term by somehow defeating first-time candidate Dan Kohl, a Democrat.

 

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