Duffy delivers books, discusses Syria in Superior visitCongressman Sean Duffy had a dual purpose Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The Republican from Weston, Wis., had books to deliver from the Library of Congress and planned to meet with constituents in the northern tier of the state’s largest congressional district.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Congressman Sean Duffy had a dual purpose Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
The Republican from Weston, Wis., had books to deliver from the Library of Congress and planned to meet with constituents in the northern tier of the state’s largest congressional district.
“We’ve replaced some books in print as well as added some e-books,” said Deb Nordgren, director of the Jim Dan Hill Library at UWS. She said they are continuing to review the collection the university had before the flood a year ago June and replacing those items that are needed based on the curriculum.
While the special collections and video collection survived the flood, the library lost books, periodicals and government documents as a result of the flood.
Nordgren said the university identified some subject areas, and the books Duffy delivered Wednesday fit with those subject areas to help rebuild what was lost.
“With the loss that took place in the campus here, we wanted to team up with the campus and see if we could use federal resources to help replenish the library with books from the Library of Congress,” Duffy said. “We have a pilot program that we were able to use to bring in 500 books to help replenish the library from the damage that took place from the flood last year.”
Duffy said while they were not able to supply specific books, the books delivered Wednesday fit specific genres.
“We’re going to look and see how well they match up with the need, and if we feel this could be pretty good, this could go to additional phases,” Duffy said. “This helps offset the cost of rebuilding a library after a devastating flood in our community. I thought it was great we could use these resources from the Library of Congress.”
The new addition to the collection comes from extra books from the Library of Congress, Duffy said.
Coffee with a Congressman
About 60 people turned out at the Yellowjacket Union to question and hear from their congressman.
And with recent news that President Obama would seek authorization from Congress before proceeding with an attack on Syria, several people questioned Duffy’s stance on the issue.
Duffy acknowledged that he would get a security briefing when he gets back to Washington, but nothing he’s seen so far would persuade him to vote in favor of an attack.
Duffy addressed the issue before a single question was posed to him.
“I don’t see a lot of win on either side,” said Duffy of the proposal to carry out an attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “You have Assad and you have radical Islam. If we hit Assad, we’re helping out radical Islam. There’s no win there … I just think with every action, especially in the Middle East, there is a reaction, and I think this reaction will not be positive.”
The congressman said he is willing to listen to the president but has yet to hear what the U.S. strategy would be, but he’s “leaning heavily” to vote no.
“I don’t stand with John McCain or John Boehner on this issue,” Duffy said of the senator from Arizona and Speaker of the House of Representatives, both Republicans. Duffy said he expects an aggressive debate on the issue on Capitol Hill next week.
The statement drew a round of applause.
In addition to questions on Syria, the congressman fielded questions on the Farm Bill and nutrition programs, veterans’ services, Social Security, taxpayer relief for charitable contributions, gun control and the U.S. Post Office, among others.