Senator Ron Johnson's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (WI) - Sr, Republican
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Ron Johnson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227#.VXsoknUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Ron is pro-life, pro-family, and believes that freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from religion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533394/issue-position-preserving-wisconsin-values#.VXsmf3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed, and millions more have simply given up so that the share of Americans in the work force has fallen to Carter-era levels. Yet the president raised income -tax rates on the vast majority of small businesses and will not consider lowering them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853973/blog-a-good-democrat-idea-like-cutting-taxes#.VXsv53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The last point I wish to make is a key part of President Obama's supposed deficit reduction in his budget is a tax on millionaires, which, by the way, is defined by couples making over $250,000. That is interesting math right there. Two points: I said earlier we should not enact anything in Washington that would harm economic growth. Increasing taxes would do that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/668793/the-budget#.VXsqwXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I sincerely hope this is the last massive omnibus spending bill that will come before the U.S. Senate during my tenure. This dysfunctional process of funding the federal government primarily stems from Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's mismanagement of of the Senate." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951893/johnson-comments-on-new-spending-measure#.VXsxlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It is not that we tax Americans too little; it is because we spend way too much. Ten years ago our Federal Government spent $1.9 trillion. Last year we spent $3.6 trillion. We doubled spending in just 10 years. And, of course, the President's budget that he just unveiled today will spend $3.8 trillion in 2013. In the argument moving forward, nobody is talking about cutting spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/668793/the-budget#.VXsqwXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "I would love to be talking tax decreases – I mean I really would – but right now we've got to focus on providing the structural reform for entitlement programs and just caps […] As unfortunate as it is that we can't be talking about tax decreases to spur the economy, the fact of the matter is they us Keynesian economics." http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/6/abc-news-sen-ron-johnson-no-new-tax-cuts-until-deficit-in-order (www.ronjohnson.senate.gov)
  • "Kennedy was right: Reducing the burden of taxes leads to growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853973/blog-a-good-democrat-idea-like-cutting-taxes#.VZWbW3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZWbRnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "My work in education has taught me that we are making it difficult for teachers to teach. The education of our children is not something that can be dictated from Washington or Madison. We need to return to local control of education, and bring the dollars we send to Washington back to Wisconsin's local school districts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533395/issue-position-improving-education#.VXszinUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Parents, teachers and local leaders are in the best position to understand what their children and students need. The more power Washington bureaucracies have over education, the more education suffers. Students and parents should have the flexibility to choose the type of education that best suits their individual requirements." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/632071/issue-position-education#.VXsyVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Ron Johnson announced today that he is an original cosponsor of the North American Energy Security Act. The legislation would expedite construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project, while while ensuring appropriate environmental safeguards." http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=60d6f76f-9e3a-48b5-bb0a-a8e0fa2be035 (www.ronjohnson.senate.gov)
  • "The president's veto is very unfortunate. However you evaluate the Keystone XL pipeline, it makes sense to build it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952014/johnson-reacts-to-presidents-veto-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VXs0dHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The administration wants to impose massive taxes and mandates to force Americans to stop using affordable, reliable sources of energy capable of fueling a modern economy. The president wants to use executive orders to compel Americans to switch to 'renewable' forms of energy that are far costlier when they're even feasible at all." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/878729/blog-someone-should-ask-john-kerry-if-he-knows-the-price-of-gas/?search=renewable#.VkZdh2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7715 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Man-made global warming remains an unsettled science. […] In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifically defined carbon dioxide – a natural part of the atmosphere that you exhale and that plants need – as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. It was a way for the Administration to bypass legislators, so I co-sponsored the Energy Tax Prevention Act to keep the EPA from doing that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/632068/issue-position-energy#.VXs1jHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The administration wants to impose massive taxes and mandates to force Americans to stop using affordable, reliable sources of energy capable of fueling a modern economy. The president wants to use executive orders to compel Americans to switch to 'renewable' forms of energy that are far costlier when they're even feasible at all." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/878729/blog-someone-should-ask-john-kerry-if-he-knows-the-price-of-gas/?search=renewable#.VkZdh2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Ron opposes the job-killing 'Cap and Trade' bill which is a crippling national energy tax. Cap and Trade legislation could cost an average Wisconsin family as much as $1,600 per year and would put Wisconsin businesses at a huge competitive disadvantage, damaging our economy for many years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533393/issue-position-energy-solutions#.VZWqY3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 70% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/7276 (votesmart.org)
  • "He believes Wisconsin's sporting traditions and the Constitution's 2nd Amendment should be protected." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533394/issue-position-preserving-wisconsin-values#.VkZbimwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "You simply can't keep these weapons out of the hands of the sick, demented individuals who want to do harm. And when you try and do it, you restrict our freedom." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/22/ron-johnson-high-capacity-magazines_n_1692810.html (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.13 "Repealing the Federal Health Care Law" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33253#.VZWyM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama and Democrats in Congress passed a law that was sold as a reform of a broken system, but what we are seeing in the reality of the rollout of Obamacare is that millions of Americans are being harmed by the law and losing their freedom." http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/health-care (www.ronjohnson.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Johnson's bill is named "Preserving Freedom and Choice in Health Care" and it would do just that. Millions of Americans lost their health care because of Obama's mandates. Those individuals, together with millions more, would suffer again if the court rules that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prevents subsidies from being paid through federal exchanges." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/972824/johnson-introduces-bill-to-protect-americans-from-further-damaging-effects-of-obamacare-preserving-freedom-and-choice-in-health-care#.VXs7V3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm a pretty traditional guy. I believe in a culture of life, and I believe marriage is between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533394/issue-position-preserving-wisconsin-values#.VXs-TnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Wall Street Journal "I support traditional marriage, but I accept the fact that cultural attitudes regarding gay marriage are changing. When courts inject themselves in social issues they often deepen cultural divisions rather than resolve them. Better to let voters in the states decide these issues through a democratic process." http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/06/24/gop-sen-ron-johnson-wont-oppose-gay-marriage-if-voters-support-it/ (blogs.wsj.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Washington Examiner "As long as Al Qaeda isn't losing, they're going to be perceived as winning and they're going to continue to inspire these types of activities, these types of violent events this type of terrorism in the West and in the United States. So from my standpoint, we need to be far more committed to the goal that President Obama will degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS, the sooner the better." http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sen.-ron-johnson-boots-on-the-ground-needed-to-defeat-islamic-state/article/2564057 (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  • "ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other related Islamic terrorist groups are a real and present danger to the political and economic stability of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. They represent a real and growing danger to the American people and American national interests. America needs a strategy to kill these evil barbarians, destroy their organizations, and free the people they are murdering and oppressing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951997/johnson-responds-to-presidents-statement-on-islamic-terror-groups#.VXs_pnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "If younger workers would choose as an option to invest some in their own account, I'm not saying we're going to reject that. I'll take a look at it. You have to take a look at all of the options and take a look at all of the options in their totality. That's why we can't pick and choose one or the other until you take a look at the entire situation." http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/102973304.html (www.jsonline.com)

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