GSM mentioned Obamacare system had minimal testing, despite warnings

Washington — The Obama administration launched its troubled health care insurance website after only a minimum of crucial system-wide testing, despite contractors warning officials repeatedly about performance risks, witnesses told a congressional panel Thursday.

At a House oversight committee hearing, contractors said the administration did not conduct end-to-end testing of the system’s technology until just two weeks before it opened to consumers on Oct. 1. They also blamed the administration for a last-minute design change that has been identified as a flaw responsible for leading millions of visitors into system bottlenecks.

Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency implementing the online marketplace, acknowledged the contractors’ testimony.

U.S. Rep. Moore: Supports our nation's water infrastructure

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) joined her colleagues to pass H.R. 3080 – voting to authorize a host of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities including harbor maintenance, dredging, flood control, and other infrastructure construction and repair.

Although Congress usually votes for authorization every two years, it has been nearly six years since such a bill has become law. The bill includes a number of provisions to help facilitate work in the Great Lakes, including a provision that will allow the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to move forward with a project here in the district. The bill also has language that would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to look at the Great Lakes needs as a single, interdependent system to best allocate funds nationwide each year, thereby helping the region better compete for limited funds.

Dems call on 'cult' Tea Party to 'stand down' and open the government

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told conservative Republicans Thursday to release their grip on the Republican Party and allow the House to vote on a resolution reopening the government. [WATCH VIDEO]

“We need to stop the extreme attitude,” Jackson Lee said on the House floor. “We need to recognize that the poor people of America, the people of America, need this shutdown to stop and the extreme element of the Republican party needs to stand down while Republicans, 20 of them, and Democrats, 200-plus, vote to open the government now.”

She spoke on the 10th day of the partial government shutdown, which Democrats say was created by Republican demands to undermine ObamaCare as part of a 2014 spending resolution.

Opposition to Obamacare has its limits

No one is more opposed to the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare — than the Republican members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation.

The state’s five GOP reps — Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble — have repeatedly voted to repeal the landmark bill. All joined the House majority in opposition that led to a partial shutdown of the federal government. Sensenbrenner, for one, has called the law “abominable.”

So what does Sensenbrenner’s office do when constituents seek its assistance getting in on this abomination? Why, assist them, of course.

“Part of our job is to help our constituents with government programs,” says Ben Miller, a spokesman for Sensenbrenner. “So if Obamacare is the law of the land, then our office will help folks if we can.”

Similar sentiments issue from the offices of the state’s other GOP House members and that of Sen. Ron Johnson, who has called Obamacare “the greatest single assault on our freedom in our lifetime.”

Gwen Moore Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released this statement commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is recognized from September 15 through October 15:

“I am proud, once again, to celebrate the varied way Latinos contribute to our history, our diversity and our overall way of life.

“As we use this month to learn more about how Latino culture has so deeply enriched every aspect of American life, let us remember that our struggle continues. While many Latino-Americans have positively contributed to the social fabric of our nation for decades, or even for centuries, others are new or aspiring citizens.

Wisconsin delegation (still) right to oppose Syria intervention

Congressman Mark Pocan has been steady in his opposition to military intervention in Syria, arguing for weeks that the United States must seek to engage the international community in the search for a diplomatic resolution to concerns about the use of chemical weapons in that country.

But he is no longer alone.

Before President Obama spoke about his proposal on Tuesday — in a speech that cleared some space for debate by calling for a delay in House and Senate votes on his request for a use-of-force authorization — Wisconsin Sens. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh, and Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Madison, announced their opposition.

Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Gwen Moore reflect on community's resilience

Special Section: Complete coverage of the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shootings and aftermath

Hundreds of people packed the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek Sunday to remember the victims of the shooting there one year ago that took six lives.

And while the reminders of the horror of that day were everywhere — in the six flags bearing the victims’ names and faces in front of the temple, in their framed pictures in the entryway and in the six colored roses amid vases of white roses lining the center aisle — the mood was one of positive remembrance and optimism.

Reps Propose Homeless Youth Act With LGBT Protections

Democratic Representatives from Wisconsin Gwen Moore and openly gay Rep. Mark Pocan, have proposed legislation that would provide assistance for runaway and homeless LGBT youth.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act would add language to the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, last reauthorized in 2008, to include specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people, a demographic at high risk for homelessness and displacement. The act is scheduled for reauthorization this year.

Rep. Gwen Moore backing bill to terminate rapist custody rights

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) is scheduled to participate in a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss a bill aimed at helping rape survivors maintain full custody over their children by terminating the parental rights of the rapists. Also scheduled to speak about the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act are three other House members: Debbie …

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Lawmakers Propose Bill To Prevent Rapists From Claiming Child Custody

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) held a press conference to explain their recently-introduced legislation designed to help rape survivors maintain full custody rights over their children. The lawmakers were joined by Shauna Prewitt, a rape survivor and victims’ rights advocate who was forced to endure the …

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