State of Wisconsin Archives: on Homeland Security


Tammy Baldwin: Jason's Law: stop over-prescribing opioids at VA hospitals

Vukmir criticized Baldwin over her response to the opioid scandal at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. "Tammy Baldwin let our veterans down at the Tomah VA," said Vukmir. "To have known that a doctor was over-prescribing opioids, a veteran died and many others became addicted, to me, it's unconscionable."

The Tomah VA was wracked several years ago by a scandal involving over-prescription of opioids. Baldwin disciplined top aides for bungling whistleblower complaints about the facility, including sitting on an inspector general's report. Since then, Baldwin co-sponsored legislation, "Jason's Law," that toughened opioid prescription guidelines and pushes education for VA providers.

The Baldwin campaign responded to Vukmir's criticism with a statement from a veteran, who said: "Tammy wrote and fought to pass Jason's Law, which helps stop the over-prescribing of opioids at the VA and holds the VA accountable. That's leadership Wisconsin veterans need."

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 2018 Wisconsin Senate race Sep 19, 2018

Phil Anderson: Return to military limits imposed by the Constitution

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand the military"?

A: Oppose. We need to return to the limits imposed by the Constitution for engaging in international violence.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Kelda Helen Roys: Don't expand the military

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand the military"?

A: Oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 5, 2018

Leah Vukmir: Address disgraceful neglect at Veterans Affairs

Leah Vukmir is a blue star mother. Her son Nicholas is currently serving our country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. Leah knows that how we treat our bravest reflects on our character as a nation.

She was appalled to learn of the widespread mismanagement and disgraceful neglect that has taken place at Veterans Affairs and angered by the way Senator Tammy Baldwin failed our veterans at Tomah.

Source: 2018 Wisconsin Senate campaign website LeahVukmir.com Aug 10, 2017

Mike Gallagher: Reform the VA to ensure our veterans have access to benefits

We must honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Time and time again, we hear stories about how the VA has utterly failed to care for the men and women who voluntarily put themselves in harm's way to defend our country. It is long past time to reform the VA with true accountability, transparency, & choice. I am committed to fighting every single day to ensure our veterans have access to their benefits and receive appropriate care and treatment. We made a solemn promise and we must keep it.
Source: 2016 Wisconsin House campaign website MikeForWisconsin.com Nov 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Haters should realize that American Muslims can help us

After 9/11, one of the efforts we did in New York was if you see or hear something suspicious, report it. We need to do that throughout the country. We need to understand that American Muslims are on the front line of our defense. They are more likely to know what's happening in their communities, and they need to welcomed in American society. When somebody like Donald Trump stirs up the demagoguery against American Muslims, that hurts us at home. It's not only offensive; it's dangerous.
Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Support our NATO allies and take vetted Syrian refugees

SANDERS: I went to a Turkish refugee camp on the border of Syria. What a sad sight: Men, women, children forced out of their homes. Turkey did a decent thing, providing reasonable housing and conditions for people. Given our history as a nation that has been a beacon of hope for the oppressed, for the downtrodden, that I very strongly disagree with those Republican candidates who say we've got to turn our backs on women and children who left their home with nothing. That is not what America is supposed to be about. I think that the entire world needs to come together to deal with this horrific refugee crisis.

CLINTON: This is a humanitarian catastrophe. The US has to support our allies in Europe. We have to provide financial support. We have to provide the NATO support to back up the mission that is going on. And we have to take properly vetted refugees ourselves.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin on Syrian Refugees Feb 11, 2016

Scott Walker: Support for our military transcends partisan differences

Let's remember what unites us and makes us strong. Here in Wisconsin, support for the Packers transcends political, religious, and personal differences. Heck, I was sitting a row ahead and a few seats over from a guy on Sunday who didn't care much for my policies. I told him we were all Packer fans there, and by the end of the game, we were high-fiving another Green Bay victory. Green and gold runs deep.

Here in America, support for our military transcends those same differences. That wasn't always the case, but thankfully, we learned from our past transgressions. We support our men and women in uniform and we thank our veterans. Red, white, and blue runs even deeper.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Wisconsin Legislature Jan 13, 2015

Glenn Grothman: Maintain a numerically superior nuclear arsenal

Q: The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries?

GROTHMAN: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Wisconsin House race Sep 30, 2014

Glenn Grothman: No tracking on GPS, cellphone, or social media

Source: 2014 Wisconsin House campaign website, GlennGrothman.com May 31, 2014

Mark Neumann: Eliminate detention powers granted by the NDAA

Question 11. Will you support legislation eliminating detention powers granted by the NDAA that could infringe upon citizens' freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel? [Note: the NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act, extends the PATRIOT Act's counter-terrorism laws to include indefinite detention of suspected terrorists]

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Mark Neumann: Try terrorist suspects in military court

Question 12. Do you believe that non-citizens suspected of terrorist acts should be tried in a military court?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Eliminate detention powers granted by the NDAA

Question 11. Will you support legislation eliminating detention powers granted by the NDAA that could infringe upon citizens' freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel? [Note: the NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act, extends the PATRIOT Act's counter-terrorism laws to include indefinite detention of suspected terrorists]

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Try terrorist suspects in military court

Question 12. Do you believe that non-citizens suspected of terrorist acts should be tried in a military court?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Ron Johnson: Grateful to the 1 million who have died defending the US

Ron is deeply grateful for the more than 1 million men and women who have died and the millions who have been wounded while supporting and defending the Constitution since ratification. Ron will ensure that America's finest sons and daughters are not sent into harm's way to defend America's interests until diplomatic, economic and other instruments of national power are first exhausted.

Ron will fight to ensure that if servicemen and women are needed to protect America's interests, they will be deployed with rules of engagement that allow them to accomplish their mission and allow them their most basic rule of self defense. Ron will never endanger our men and women in uniform by voting to place artificial withdrawal timelines on our deployed forces. [Source: ronjohnsonforsenate.com/home ]

Source: Vote-WI.org profile for 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Nov 23, 2010

John Schiess: Wisconsin should not participate in REAL ID program

Q: Should Wisconsin participate in the federal REAL ID program?

A: No.

[Note: The federal REAL ID program establishes stricter controls over licensing and identification papers, to enforce against terrorism and illegal immigration. All 50 states have waivers to avoid enforcement, however.]

Source: Wisconsin Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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