Combating human trafficking is an issue that transcends partisanship and ideology – and one that calls on our common humanity.

Since day one, I’ve said I would work with anyone to get results for Southeast Wisconsin and the American people. Five months into my first term in office, that motive hasn’t changed.

If you look past the partisan headlines, cable television, and social media, productive and meaningful work is happening in Congress.

Picture this: On your first day at a new job, you walk onto the shop floor and parts of the factory are shut down.

That was the setting for my first day and weeks in Congress, as parts of the federal government were shut down.

Working for manufacturing companies in Southeast Wisconsin for 10 years, I know there are no political parties on the shop floor.

You also don’t stop production or send employees home when a decision cannot be made. In the private sector, people come together to solve problems on time and within budget.