Sen. Taylor: Obama right on ban the box

Yesterday at a visit to a halfway house, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation currently pending in Congress to ban the box on job applications. The box asks about an applicant’s conviction record before a person has been interviewed. The ban the box provision would remove that question from the job application, instead allowing employers to conduct background checks later in the job hiring process. Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), who will be introducing a Wisconsin version of the legislation later this session, released the following statement about Obama’s call to ban the box:

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City Council approves 2016 budget focused on public safety, libraries and jobs

The Common Council has approved a zero property tax levy increase 2016 city budget focused on public safety, expanded access to libraries and doing more to ensure economic development and job expansion across the city. 

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FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration for the Formerly- Incarcerated

This Administration has consistently taken steps to make our criminal justice system fairer and more effective and to address the vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. Today, in Newark, New Jersey, President Obama will continue to promote these goals by highlighting the reentry process of formerly-incarcerated individuals and announce new actions aimed at helping Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities.

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Pelosi Statement on Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplaces

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2016, which began yesterday:

“Once again, uninsured Americans in California and across the country will be able to visit the Health Insurance Marketplaces and enroll in quality, affordable coverage that fits them and their families.  As we enter the Affordable Care Act’s third Open Enrollment period, we see that this historic law continues to make real the dream of quality, affordable health coverage for millions of American families.

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New Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday dismissed Democrats’ calls for a paid family leave law as another “federal entitlement,” and said his position isn’t at odds with recent remarks that he wants to spend weekends with his young family in Wisconsin.

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On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Paul Ryan stated that he won’t deal with immigration this Congress, because President Obama can’t be trusted.

 This is a comical attempt to cover up the reality of the situation: Paul Ryan horse-traded away comprehensive immigration reform to appease the House Freedom Caucus in his bid for Speaker.

Second, what does that mean for vulnerable House Republicans who have made commitments to their constituents about pursuing comprehension immigration reform?

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Huffington Post: Paul Ryan’s Chairmen Do End Run On 9/11 Responders

Key point: “Two of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) newly empowered committee chairmen took immediate advantage Thursday of the freshly elected leader’s pledge to give power back to committees — and may have handed him a 9/11-related publicity disaster.

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U.S. Sen. Baldwin: Leads bipartisan, bicameral effort urging robust education technology funding in ESEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and 14 of their Congressional colleagues have sent a letter to House and Senate education leaders urging that a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) maintain strong education technology provisions.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Administration Announcement Giving Formerly Incarcerated a Fair Chance at Federal Employment

Baldwin joined bipartisan effort in May calling on President Obama to “Ban the Box”

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WisDems: U.S. Sen. Johnson's manufactured month


Senator Johnson's Manufactured Month
Out-of-touch politician voted for economic crisis while Wisconsin factories closed 

MADISON -- Senator Ron Johnson spent the month of October manufacturing spin in an attempt to cover the out-of-touch and dangerous economic policies he and his party pursued.

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