Drain the Swamp

Our nation was founded on the principle that government should be by the people and for the people. Yet over the years Congress has failed to uphold this principle by catering to special interest groups and only being concerned about the next election, rather than focusing on the needs of their constituents. We must implement structural changes that will make Congress work again by creating a sense of urgency and accountability among members to immediately address the pressing issues we face as a nation. It’s time for both parties to come together and confront the institutional problems affecting Congress and Washington D.C. by returning the power and purpose of our government back to the People.

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.J. Res. 85 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States limiting the number of terms Senators and Representatives may serve
  • H.R. 1934 - To establish a 5-year ban on individuals appointed to Executive Schedule positions and Members of Congress engaging in lobby activities at the Federal level
  • H.R. 1935 - Congressional Pension Reform Act
  • H.R. 1936 - Do Your Job Act

Co-sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 2665 - Accountability for Congressional Pay Act
  • H.R. 2298 - Former Presidents Amendment Act
  • H.R. 429 - No Budget, No Pay Act
  • H.J. Res. 7 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of years an individual may serve as a Member of Congress
  • H.J. Res. 2 - Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  • H.J. Res. 1 - Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  • H. Res. 43 - Stay on Schedule Resolution
  • H. Con. Res. 28 - Establishing a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress
  • H.R. 4077 - Honest Ads Act
  • H.R. 2192 - To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff
  • H. Res. 1003 - Prohibiting Members of the House of Representatives from soliciting campaign funds on any day on which the House is in session.
  • H. J. Res. 134 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms an individual may serve as a Member of Congress.
  • H.R. 6433- Go to Washington Go to Work Act


Caucus:

  • Term Limits Caucus
  • Future Caucus
  • Problem Solvers Caucus
  • Reformer Caucus

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October 22, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) today announced they will introduce the Chinese Communist Party Influence Transparency Act, which would close loopholes that allow lobbyists for Chinese companies to avoid registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The bill comes after Rep. Gallagher and Sen.

September 25, 2020 The NEW Look
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September 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in calling on House leadership to postpone the upcoming October recess until a bipartisan Coronavirus relief package has been reached. Under the current calendar, the House is set to adjourn on October 2 and return on November 16, with or without an agreement on Coronavirus relief.

 

April 20, 2020 Press Release

GREEN BAY, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement calling on Speaker Pelosi to reconvene the House of Representatives to fund the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and begin debating future legislative action. 

February 26, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday introduced H.R. 5956, the Eliminating Leftover Expenses for Campaigns from Taxpayers (ELECT) Act of 2020, a bill that would eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and redirect its funds to pay down the federal deficit. The account that provides this funding has more than $350 million, and hasn’t been used by a successful candidate for President in 16 years.

December 14, 2019 Press Release

Contrary to what you may have seen on the news, impeachment wasn't the only thing happening in DC this week. Here are a few things you may have missed due to the impeachment craziness here in Washington.

1. Booming Jobs Numbers

December 13, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to pass No Budget, No Pay legislation as part of any year-end spending package. This would prevent Members of Congress from getting paid if they fail to do their most basic job: passing a budget.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Democrats had reached a deal with the Trump Administration on the USMCA more than a year after President Trump signed the pledge.

“It’s about damn time.”

November 14, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday received the inaugural “Teddy Award” from Issue One. Gallagher was recognized for his bipartisan efforts to reform Congress and return government to the people. Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as well as Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-CA) also received Teddy Awards for their work. 

November 1, 2019 Press Release

We've known for years that the trust funds supporting our nation’s most vital programs are on the brink of collapse. Yet rather than try to solve this problem, Congress has kicked the can down the road and avoided the tough debates needed to fix the mess we can all see coming.

This is unacceptable. These trust funds support critical programs like Medicare and Social Security, which people across Northeast Wisconsin depend on. We must find a way to ensure the federal government keeps the promises it has made and preserves these programs for years to come.

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