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Jul 6, 2021 Press Release
MADISON, WI—U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) will hold a town hall in Madison on Thursday, July 8 with State Representative Francesca Hong (WI-76) to speak directly with Wisconsinites and answer questions about critical state and federal issues. Following brief opening remarks, Rep. Pocan and Rep. Hong will take questions from members of the community in attendance.
Jul 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) announced House passage of $18 million in earmarked transportation projects for Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District. These projects were included in the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act,” which seeks to revitalize America’s infrastructure.
Jun 16, 2021 Press Release
Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act permanently indexes Pell Grants to inflation, increasing their purchasing power
Today, Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, and Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act, legislation that would double the Pell Grant award, index the award to inflation, and make other changes to expand the award for working students and families. The bill also makes the Pell Grant funding fully mandatory to protect it from funding shortfalls, expands the program to include DREAMers, and restores lifetime eligibility for the program to 18 semesters, among other changes that will benefit students.
Jun 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Labor Caucus co-chairs Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), and Steven Horsford (D-NV) led 36 members of Congress in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco urging them to rescind former AG William Barr’s petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to exclude immigration judges from eligibility for membership in the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ). The NAIJ has been the recognized representative of immigration judges for collective bargaining purposes since 1979, advocating on behalf of immigration judges on issues including performance evaluations and discipline, judicial security, COVID response, and efficient docket management.
Jun 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Steven Horsford (D-NV), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) led over 100 members of Congress in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to immediately issue the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect frontline workers from COVID-19. President Biden initially set a March 15 deadline for an ETS to be issued and the delay continues to put workers' safety in jeopardy.
May 28, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—After reaching out to the Department of Education to ask whether the state GOP’s insufficient education budget proposal would disqualify Wisconsin from receiving $1.5 billion in federal COVID aid, Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) received confirmation that Wisconsin would lose the federal aid if they move forward with the GOP’s budget proposal.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Republican Party’s refusal to fund K-12 and higher education at the level necessary to qualify for $1.5 billion in federal COVID aid.

May 28, 2021 Press Release
President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposes a 1.7% increase in total defense spending from $740 billion to $753 billion.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chairs of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Biden’s proposed FY2022 budget for the Department of Defense.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Gwen Moore (WI-04), and Ron Kind (WI-03) sent a letter today to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen opposing the Treasury’s reduced allocations for the state of Wisconsin from the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

May 4, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—In September 2020, Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) led Representative Gwen Moore (WI-04), Representative Ron Kind (WI-03), and Senator Tammy Baldwin in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to request a full and fair consideration to the State Wisconsin Investment Board’s (SWIB) August 10th settlement propos