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Congressman Duffy talks about immigration, jobs, and Obamacare with Wausau Chamber of Commerce

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Representative Sean Duffy (R-Ashland) after taking the oath of office from House Speaker John Boehner
Representative Sean Duffy (R-Ashland) after taking the oath of office from House Speaker John Boehner
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Congressman Sean Duffy stopped at in Wausau today to talk with the Chamber of Commerce and discuss policy.

First up was immigration, and Duffy says he's interested in reform but first he wants a secure border. "If you don't secure the border, we're going to have this situation all over again." He says that people living here in the US should have some legal status if they are contributing, but that full citizenship for everyone is not the answer. "That's not fair to the people who are already going through the process."

Duffy told the crowd that the government needs to do more to improve and repair the work visa program as well, and offer security to people. "To arrest and deport 11 million people is impractical." He says a plan that will work like that will have a better chance of passing the House.

On the topic of the Affordable Care Act, Duffy says a Republican plan to tie the next round of spending bills to repealing Obamacare is not the answer. "That's not a leverage point, it's a losing point." He says Americans are already seeing that they don't like the program, and that suddenly shutting down the whole government just to get rid of the program will make the GOP look like cavemen.

Duffy says he'd like to see the House and Senate doing more to look at what sort of things the NSA is doing, and that the programs that have come to light are far beyond what he would have approved. "I have a concern about what they're doing, and the more information that's coming out, I think they're violating their authority to keep us safe." He says intelligence officials never disclosed the full nature of these programs to Congress and that he'll be pushing for more investigation.

Business taxes and laws were a hot topic at the Chamber as well. Duffy says he's also working to reduce the tax rate for small businesses in Wisconsin. "If you're a small business, you pay 40% in taxes, where corporations pay 35%. That's not right." He says too many business owners have to worry about rules and regulations and can't devote their time to actually running their businesses, and that he's trying to solve that.

Duffy is making stops in Wausau today while the August recess continues.

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