(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E747]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                           HON. SEAN P. DUFFY

                              of wisconsin

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, May 23, 2013

  Mr. DUFFY. Mr. Speaker, last week, the needs of my constituents took 
me away from D.C. and my work here in this Chamber. Though this absence 
was excused, I would like the record to show my support for legislation 
which was passed to repeal the misguided and over-burdensome health 
care law known as Obamacare, and two bills which increase analysis of 
new and existing regulations and strengthen our local financial 
institutions. I have supported these pieces of legislation in the past, 
and would have voted for them had I been here.
  That being said, last week, a devastating forest fire--the largest 
Wisconsin has seen in 33 years--hit the northwest corner of my district 
in Douglas County. I was grateful to be back home to evaluate the 
damage, offer assistance to those who suffered loss and personally 
thank the first responders. By the grace of God, and with the help of 
many selfless first responders and firefighters, no one was injured and 
the destruction was limited. I was inspired by neighbors coming 
together to help each other, and was proud to see governments at the 
local, State, and Federal level respond quickly and effectively. I 
commend all those who stepped up and took charge in this situation, and 
my staff and I will continue to offer our assistance in any way we can.