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Jul 31, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement after voting against a bill that would cap student loan interest rates at 8.25%, higher than the current unsustainable cap of 6.8%, and almost five points higher than the 3.4% cap that was in place before July 1st.

Jul 25, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY) today introduced legislation, along with 100 bipartisan cosponsors, to ensure that gay and lesbian veterans who were discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation receive the honor and recognition they deserve.

Jul 24, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement after voting to restrict the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ability to use the Patriot Act to conduct blanket surveillance on Americans not under investigation. The bipartisan measure was introduced as an amendment to the defense funding bill under consideration by the House this week.

Jul 23, 2013 Press Release
Advanced batteries reduce dependence on foreign oil & increase national security

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense funding bill to make key investments in clean energy technologies that are critical to current and future military missions.

Jul 17, 2013 Press Release
Health Care Reform Already Benefitting Hundreds of Thousands of Wisconsinites in the 2nd District

Washington– Just two months after the House’s last vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the chamber will once again waste time that could be spent on creating jobs and supporting middle class families by voting today for the 38th time to roll back health care security for millions of Americans.

Jul 11, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON –U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI–02) today announced his “Snapshots of the Second” photo contest, inviting all of his constituents in Wisconsin’s Second District to submit their photographs of the district.

Jul 10, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today applauded the bipartisan 15-7 vote of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) today. ENDA has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a priority for Pocan and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Jul 9, 2013 Press Release
In press conference today, Pocan urges McConnell to stop obstructing Senate vote on NLRB nominees

WASHINGTON—In another transparent attempt to weaken the National  Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and deny 80 million private sector workers, both union and non-union, the protection they are guaranteed under law, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to allow votes on President Obama’s nominees to the Board.

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.