U.S. Rep Mark Pocan

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Trumpcare is a Disaster
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Trumpcare is a Disaster

Too bad Republican priorities do not include the American people

Bipartisan Group of 16 Lawmakers Threaten to Block U.S. military Escalation in Yemen if not Briefed by Pentagon
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Bipartisan Group of 16 Lawmakers Threaten to Block U.S. military Escalation in Yemen if not Briefed by Pentagon

Members of Congress seek urgent clarification on whether the White House intends to pursue diplomacy and warn against U.S. military escalation that could trigger famine in Yemen

Repealing Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Laws Will Take Money Out of People’s Pockets
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Repealing Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Laws Will Take Money Out of People’s Pockets

State Senate proposal will do little to improve Wisconsin roads and could undercut wages throughout the state

Bipartisan Effort: 55 U.S. Representatives Call on Trump to Come to Congress Before Taking Military Action in Yemen
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Bipartisan Effort: 55 U.S. Representatives Call on Trump to Come to Congress Before Taking Military Action in Yemen

In light of the President’s willingness to engage in Syrian missile strikes without Congressional authority

Pocan Introduces Legislation to Close Tax Loopholes and Bring Transparency to Corporations Who Hide Their Profits Overseas
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Pocan Introduces Legislation to Close Tax Loopholes and Bring Transparency to Corporations Who Hide Their Profits Overseas

"Wall Street banks and big corporations rigged the system to dodge taxes and hide their profits overseas."

Rep. Pocan on Trump’s Trade Executive Orders: Mostly Talk, Little Action
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Rep. Pocan on Trump’s Trade Executive Orders: Mostly Talk, Little Action

"He broke his promise to declare China a currency manipulator on day one and has yet to address our trade deficit with China."

President Trump Breaks Another Promise to the American People Behind Closed Doors
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President Trump Breaks Another Promise to the American People Behind Closed Doors

Signs legislation repealing worker safety and wage protection rule

Forty Members of Congress Tell Trump to Apologize to Obama Over Baseless Wiretapping Lies
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Forty Members of Congress Tell Trump to Apologize to Obama Over Baseless Wiretapping Lies

Latest attempt to spin Trump’s claims detract from the real investigation into Russian Election Interference

Defeat of Trumpcare Today, a Victory for Grassroots Opposition
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Defeat of Trumpcare Today, a Victory for Grassroots Opposition

"Pulling Trumpcare from consideration today marks a major legislative defeat for President Trump and Congressional Republicans..."

Pocan Introduces Bipartisan Bill Allowing Students to Refinance their College Loans
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Pocan Introduces Bipartisan Bill Allowing Students to Refinance their College Loans

Over the last 30 years, the cost of college has increased by at least 300 percent.

Comprehensive Legislation Would Safeguard Future Elections from Cyber-Attacks
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Comprehensive Legislation Would Safeguard Future Elections from Cyber-Attacks

First of Its Kind Bill Introduced By Reps. Mark Pocan, Keith Ellison, and Hank Johnson

Pocan Statement on CBO Report That 24 Million Would Lose Coverage Under GOP Health Care Plan
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Pocan Statement on CBO Report That 24 Million Would Lose Coverage Under GOP Health Care Plan

"...this plan means millions of hard-working Americans will lose coverage while the wealthiest few get a massive tax cut."

Pocan Statement on Trump’s 2nd Round Attempt at Unconstitutional Muslim Ban
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Pocan Statement on Trump’s 2nd Round Attempt at Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

"Rehashing this hateful and divisive travel ban not only sends the wrong message to immigrants and refugees, it also makes our country less safe."

Trump Turns his Back on American Workers
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Trump Turns his Back on American Workers

By Already Reneging on his Buy America Plan

Rep. Pocan, 121 Members of Congress Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging the President to Reinstate Guidelines for Transgender Students
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Rep. Pocan, 121 Members of Congress Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging the President to Reinstate Guidelines for Transgender Students

The bipartisan letter is supported by the ACLU, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, PFLAG, Transgender Law Center, and the Center for American Progress.

Pocan Statement on the President’s Joint Address to Congress
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Pocan Statement on the President’s Joint Address to Congress

"We have heard the President stand in front of a teleprompter and deliver a speech full of empty promises and self-serving boasts before."

Reps. Pocan and Ellison Introduce Right to Vote Constitutional Amendment
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Reps. Pocan and Ellison Introduce Right to Vote Constitutional Amendment

“The biggest strength of our democracy is that all citizens have an equal say through their vote”

Rep. Pocan & Democratic Caucus Chairman Crowley Respond to the Withdrawal of Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary
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Rep. Pocan & Democratic Caucus Chairman Crowley Respond to the Withdrawal of Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary

"President Trump nominated someone who violated the laws he is supposed to enforce."

Rep. Pocan Urges President Trump to Fully Declassify Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election
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Rep. Pocan Urges President Trump to Fully Declassify Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election

"I feel it is imperative the American people get all the facts…"

Forty-Two House Democrats Urge Office of Government Ethics to Examine Kellyanne Conway’s Public Endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s Product Line
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Forty-Two House Democrats Urge Office of Government Ethics to Examine Kellyanne Conway’s Public Endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s Product Line

"As a federal employee, Kellyanne Conway appears to have clearly violated these standards with her recent comments."

Pocan Says National Right-to-Work-For-Less Law Would be Catastrophic for Workers
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Pocan Says National Right-to-Work-For-Less Law Would be Catastrophic for Workers

A recent Pew survey shows that 60% of Americans—an overwhelming majority—support unions.

Pocan, House Democrats Voice Opposition to Trump’s Nominee for Secretary of Labor Andy Puzder
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Pocan, House Democrats Voice Opposition to Trump’s Nominee for Secretary of Labor Andy Puzder

“Andy Puzder has consistently stood on the side of big business and failed to support workers”

Pocan Statement on President Trump’s Divisive, Un-American Executive Order Banning Entry to US From Majority-Muslim Countries
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Pocan Statement on President Trump’s Divisive, Un-American Executive Order Banning Entry to US From Majority-Muslim Countries

"I stand alongside the people of my district and will explore a number of means of fighting against this prejudice and division."

Pocan Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Pocan Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"The defeat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing."

Congressman Mark Pocan will no longer be attending the Inauguration
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Congressman Mark Pocan will no longer be attending the Inauguration

"At minimum, it's time for Donald Trump to start acting like President Trump, not an immature, undignified reality star with questionable friends and a Twitter addiction."

Pocan Named to Labor, Health and Human Services and Education & Agriculture House Appropriations Subcommittees
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Pocan Named to Labor, Health and Human Services and Education & Agriculture House Appropriations Subcommittees

Rep. Pocan will have jurisdiction over discretionary funding for the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education.

Openly Gay Members of Congress Raise Serious Concerns About Betsy DeVos’ Record on LGBT Equality
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Openly Gay Members of Congress Raise Serious Concerns About Betsy DeVos’ Record on LGBT Equality

Rep. Pocan and his colleagues called on Senate HELP Committee members to demand Ms. DeVos denounce these inhumane positions.

Pocan Named to House Appropriations Committee
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Pocan Named to House Appropriations Committee

“I will continue to draw on these experiences as I fight for middle class families and those aspiring to be in the middle class in Wisconsin and across the country.”

Pocan Applauds Sec. Kerry’s Outline for Peace in Middle East
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Pocan Applauds Sec. Kerry’s Outline for Peace in Middle East

Pocan's Recent Trip to Israel and Palestine Supports Kerry's Arguments

Rep. Pocan Leads Letter to President-elect Trump Highlighting Republicans’ Divisions Over Buy America Requirements
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Rep. Pocan Leads Letter to President-elect Trump Highlighting Republicans’ Divisions Over Buy America Requirements

“Foundries across the state are scratching their heads wondering why Republicans would want to send taxpayer dollars to companies that ship jobs overseas.”

Rep. Pocan Calls Out Rep. Duffy for Saying Madison is a Communist Community that does not Believe in Democracy, Demands Apology
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Rep. Pocan Calls Out Rep. Duffy for Saying Madison is a Communist Community that does not Believe in Democracy, Demands Apology

"...Congressman Duffy’s ‘Trumpizing’ of Wisconsin is the wrong direction for our state."

Rep. Pocan Re-Elected Progressive Caucus First Vice Chair
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Rep. Pocan Re-Elected Progressive Caucus First Vice Chair

In the 114th Congress, Rep. Pocan also served as the First Vice Chair.

Rep. Pocan Calls on President Obama to Protect Dreamers from Deportation
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Rep. Pocan Calls on President Obama to Protect Dreamers from Deportation

As of the end of June 2016, about 742,000 Dreamers had received DACA status.

Pocan Applauds $50.5 Million DOL Grants to Expand Apprenticeships as Sec. Perez Plans to Make Announcement at Madison College Today
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Pocan Applauds $50.5 Million DOL Grants to Expand Apprenticeships as Sec. Perez Plans to Make Announcement at Madison College Today

I applaud the Obama Administration and Secretary Perez for the emphasis they have placed on expanding apprenticeships with these grants.”

After Gov. Walker Threatens District Attorney Offices, Rep. Pocan Calls on DOJ to Ensure Retaliation Not Occur, May Need to Intervene
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After Gov. Walker Threatens District Attorney Offices, Rep. Pocan Calls on DOJ to Ensure Retaliation Not Occur, May Need to Intervene

Walker’s threat follows legitimate inquiries by the Milwaukee County DA into the questionable fundraising connections between the Governor and Wisconsin Club for Growth.

Rep. Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Strengthen Corporate Tax Disclosure and Transparency
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Rep. Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Strengthen Corporate Tax Disclosure and Transparency

This legislation would require the disclosure of country-by-country and bottom line information about companies’ taxes.

Pocan Calls on Department of Education to Ensure Proper Oversight of Taxpayer-funded Voucher Schools following GAO Report
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Pocan Calls on Department of Education to Ensure Proper Oversight of Taxpayer-funded Voucher Schools following GAO Report

Report Finds Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Voucher Schools Has More than Doubled over the Last Five Years; Concerns Regarding School Standards at Schools Remain

Pocan Promotes Awareness and Benefits of Cooperatives at Visits to Local Businesses
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Pocan Promotes Awareness and Benefits of Cooperatives at Visits to Local Businesses

Dane County is home to 80 cooperatives, has the highest number of co-ops per capita of any county in country

Pocan Statement on Passing of Congressman Mark Takai
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Pocan Statement on Passing of Congressman Mark Takai

"I had the privilege to witness his dedication to his constituents while serving with him as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus"

Reps. Pocan, Hanna Urge President Obama to Prohibit LGBT Discrimination in Government Contracting
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Reps. Pocan, Hanna Urge President Obama to Prohibit LGBT Discrimination in Government Contracting

"We respectfully urge you to direct all federal agencies to prohibit discrimination in federal government contracting and subcontracting based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of the business owner."

Pocan Introduces Bill to Invest in Apprenticeships and Rebuild Workforce Skills
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Pocan Introduces Bill to Invest in Apprenticeships and Rebuild Workforce Skills

The LEARNS Act would increase the number of highly skilled workers in the United States and ensures the registered apprenticeship program is an effective earn-and-learn model for students, workers, and employers.

Reps. Pocan, Nolan, Wilson Introduce Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act
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Reps. Pocan, Nolan, Wilson Introduce Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act

The bill would allow student loan borrowers who have been granted debt relief as a result of consistent repayment towards their student loan debt an exemption from being taxed on the amount forgiven.

Pocan Applauds Defense Department’s Removal of Transgender Service Ban
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Pocan Applauds Defense Department’s Removal of Transgender Service Ban

“Following in the footsteps of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, this is another significant step toward equality for our LGBT armed service members.”

After 24 Hour Democratic Sit-In Demanding Action on Gun Violence, Pocan Calls for Continued Solidarity
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After 24 Hour Democratic Sit-In Demanding Action on Gun Violence, Pocan Calls for Continued Solidarity

"The gun violence epidemic affects our communities every day and it is past time for Congress to address this issue. Enough is enough.

Pocan Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando
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Pocan Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

“As we grapple with the horrific events that took place yesterday morning in Orlando, my thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone affected during Pride Month.”

Pocan, House Democrats Call on President Obama to Expand LGBT Protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Pocan, House Democrats Call on President Obama to Expand LGBT Protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

While negotiators attempted to make progress on various human rights issues through the TPP, the agreement does not include protections for LGBT individuals.

Pocan Statement on Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel’s Decision to Join Challenge to President’s Transgender Student Guidance
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Pocan Statement on Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel’s Decision to Join Challenge to President’s Transgender Student Guidance

Pocan Calls the Decision an Attack on Youth for the Sake of Ideology

Paul Ryan and the GOP Majority’s Terribly Homophobic Week in Congress
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Paul Ryan and the GOP Majority’s Terribly Homophobic Week in Congress

“I personally was sad to see Ryan’s leadership show its true face.”

Pocan Introduces Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act
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Pocan Introduces Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act

Despite Congressional efforts to prevent federal interference in state marijuana programs, federal agencies have enacted policies that do not reflect this directive.

Pocan, Renacci Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Budget Gimmick
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Pocan, Renacci Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Budget Gimmick

The Pension and Budget Integrity Act simply moves these premiums “off-budget”, and ensures that Congress is raising premiums only if and when it is appropriate.

Pocan Supports Verizon Workers Poised to Strike for a Fair Contract
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Pocan Supports Verizon Workers Poised to Strike for a Fair Contract

“Companies should pay their workers fair wages and guarantee workplace protections.”

Pocan Applauds Treasury Department’s Anti-Inversion Regulations
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Pocan Applauds Treasury Department’s Anti-Inversion Regulations

New rules could limit corporate tax inversions like Pfizer’s $35 billion tax dodge

Pocan Statement on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Ruling
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Pocan Statement on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Ruling

SCOTUS 4-4 decision reaffirms collective bargaining rights

Pocan, Rangel Request Armed Services Committee Hold Hearing on Discharged Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Service Members
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Pocan, Rangel Request Armed Services Committee Hold Hearing on Discharged Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Service Members

Reps. Pocan and Rangel previously introduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act in July 2015.

Pocan Rallies Behind Fair Wisconsin’s Effort to Expose Hate-Speech Backers of Rebecca Bradley
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Pocan Rallies Behind Fair Wisconsin’s Effort to Expose Hate-Speech Backers of Rebecca Bradley

Agrees to Join Effort to Expose Those Who Fund Right Wing Group Founded by Anti-Marriage Equality Activist

Rebecca Bradley’s Last 48 Hours Have Been Spin Not Substance
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Rebecca Bradley’s Last 48 Hours Have Been Spin Not Substance

Still No Response on Meeting with LGBT Community