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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Press Releases

Jul 8, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—One week after student loan rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent for nearly 160,000 Wisconsin students, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) once again urged GOP leadership to stop balancing the budget on the backs of students and bring up a vote to freeze student loan rates.

Jun 27, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed legislation to enact comprehensive immigration reform in a bipartisan 68-32 vote.

Jun 26, 2013 Press Release
Court also dismisses Prop 8 on lack on standing, meaning thousands of couples in California can once again have their marriage recognized

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and the only current married gay member of Congress, today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to dismiss the Prop 8 case on a lack of standing.

Jun 25, 2013 Press Release
Pocan/Ellison amendment would guarantee an affirmative right to vote for all Americans, no matter where they live


Jun 19, 2013 Press Release
Pocan Strongly Opposes GOP Plan to Kick Off Two Million Americans from Critical Program

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) concluded the “SNAP Challenge” today, ending a week during which he lived off the food stamp budget of $4.50 of food per day to bring attention to the country’s hunger crisis and highlight Republican efforts to cut $20.5 billion from this critical food assistance program.

Jun 19, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Almost two years since the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” tens of thousands of gay veterans who served this country with honor and dignity possess records that remain blemished with a range of discharges because of their sexuality.  To support the Department of Defense’s efforts to rectify this injustice, U.S.

Jun 18, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today congratulated former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on being named the U.S. special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Jun 18, 2013 Press Release
Republicans from Washington to Wisconsin Wasting Time and Taxpayer Dollars to Roll Back Critical Women’s Rights

WASHINGTON –U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today condemned the extreme and very likely unconstitutional bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives that would place a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and roll back critical women’s rights. A vote on the bill is scheduled for later this evening.

Jun 17, 2013 Press Release
Calls for Immediate Action to End Sequester that Deprives Small Business Owners of more than $900 Million in Loans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a small business owner for more than two decades, today honored small businesses across Wisconsin in celebration of the 50th Annual National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes the immense contributions of the country’s small business owners to the economy and culture of America.

Jun 14, 2013 Press Release
Pocan Joins Effort to Force House Republicans to Allow Vote on A Bill Freezing Student Loan Rates at 3.4% for Two Years

WASHINGTON – With less than 20 days till student loan interest rates will double for nearly 160,000 Wisconsin students, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is taking action to force a vote to prevent this unnecessary financial strain.