If Trump has his way, Wisconsin would lose $8M in AmeriCorps volunteer funding


Funding for federal volunteer programs would be eliminated under President Trump’s proposed budget. Cuts would be applied to the Corporation for National and Community Service, which means Wisconsin could lose more than $8 million in AmeriCorps funding that goes to community programs statewide. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wausau protesters demonstrate against Trump’s proposed Amtrak cuts

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When it comes to traveling, many choose to drive or fly to destinations. But for some, Amtrak is a great way to go. However, cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget would slash hundreds of millions in subsidies for the long-distance service, including closing Wisconsin’s Empire Builder route. > WSAW Wausau

Invasive Asian carp found close to Lake Michigan


Despite electric barriers in Illinois waterways to contain the invasive fish, a commercial fishermen caught an Asian carp 9 miles from Lake Michigan Thursday. Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Tammy Baldwin are among lawmakers calling for the release of a delayed Army Corps study that outlines options for preventing the spread of Asian carp. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Trump budget would knock Wisconsin Amtrak route off the rails


Amtrak’s Empire Builder route passes through Tomah twice a day, bringing Amish families together and connecting people from small towns to Milwaukee, Minneapolis and beyond. It’s the same for Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells and La Crosse. But under Trump’s proposed budget, the route races an uncertain future. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Unlikely team: Tammy Baldwin and Rand Paul fight Trump’s Saudi arms deal


Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Rand Paul led a charge to oppose Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia on human rights grounds, and succeeded in winning four additional Republicans to their side of the vote. Unfortunately, 53 senators, including five Democrats, sided with Trump. > John Nichols in The Cap Times

Dem lawmaker pushes bills to protect Wisconsin from Trump and the GOP Congress


State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) explains and promotes four bills under consideration in the Senate to protect preventive care coverage, prevent pre-existing conditions discrimination, prevent annual and lifetime coverage limits, and preserve Medicaid funding. > The Cap Times

Both sides back former Wisconsin congressman Mark Green at confirmation hearing


Senators from both parties signaled their support last week for former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Green, President Trump’s choice as administrator for the U.S. AID. Introduced by fellow Wisconsinites Paul Ryan, Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, Green’s nomination is unusual among Trump picks for the depth of its bipartisan backing. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel