By Marissa Hatlen
Senator Ron Johnson met with community members to answer questions on Friday at Northeast Wisconsin Industries in Sturgeon Bay. He discussed a variety of issues, but the topic on citizens’ minds everywhere, he said, is health care. It’s a frustrating topic for Johnson, who sees the lack of progress as a failure of leadership to work honestly toward building agreement on issues. In particular, his confidence was shaken by a report in the Washington Post that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to sway moderates on the health care vote by assuring them future Medicaid cuts conservatives had worked for would never come to fruition. Johnson described this as a “breach of trust” and said it likely meant the health care vote won’t happen.
While visiting his home state, Senator Johnson also spoke to constituents in Brillion and Algoma. He stressed the importance of supporting manufacturing companies like those he visited in Door County as many struggle to fill high numbers of vacancies. He also spoke on a tax reform plan he is working to bring to the floor of the Senate, and said he will continue to bring his tenacity to Washington on behalf of Wisconsinites.