Friday, September 14, 2012

Sen. Ron Johnson: Report from Washington

September 14, 2012

Senator Johnson Comments on 9/11 Anniversary

Eleven years ago, the United States was attacked by Islamic terrorists opposed to freedom and intent upon destroying our way of life. Since that day, the men and women of our Armed Services, intelligence communities, police, firefighters, and other public safety officials have worked diligently to ensure that the attacks of 9/11 are not repeated.

Let us remember the victims of that cowardly assault, and pray that their surviving friends and family have been able to find some measure of comfort and peace. We should also give thanks to all those who have sacrificed to defend our freedom and protect America.

Senator Johnson Comments on Kaiser Survey Shows More Broken Obamacare Promises

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that as President, he would reduce health insurance premiums by $2,500 per family by 2012, and that anyone who liked his or her current plan would be able to keep it. But instead of falling by $2,500 per family, premiums have now risen by over $3,000 – a broken promise that is costing the average American family $5,500 annually. And instead of guaranteeing that Americans could keep their plans, it is becoming more apparent every day that millions of Americans will lose their employer-sponsored care and be forced into government-run exchanges.

Obamacare has not been fully implemented, but it is already reducing consumer choice and lowering the quality of care. It will deter innovation and bust our budget. Obamacare is nothing but a series of broken promises. It must be repealed.

The Kaiser Family Foundation conducts an annual survey regarding employer-sponsored health insurance. The survey has documented the consistent annual increase in the cost of health insurance throughout the Obama presidency.

Senator Johnson, Senator Kohl, Congressmen Petri, Ribble and Kind to Offer United States Service Academy Day ‘12

Senator Herb Kohl and Congressmen Tom Petri, Reid Ribble, Ron Kind and I will hold Academy Day 2012 on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Center in Oshkosh.

This informative seminar is for all high school students in the State of Wisconsin to discuss the requirements and procedures for seeking a nomination to the U.S. Service Academies. All necessary qualifications and the procedures for applying to the academies will be explained. You do not need to register for this event.

Representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy will all be present to answer questions and distribute information about their academies. We requested that academies bring a Wisconsin cadet/midshipman currently attending the academy to share their first-hand experiences. Senators Kohl and Johnson, and Congressmen Petri, Ribble and Kind encourage all interested students and parents to attend. All questions regarding this event should be directed to the Members' offices.

The EAA Center is located at 3000 Poberezny Road in Oshkosh.

Senator Johnson Comments on Hispanic Heritage Month

America is the greatest county in the history of the world because it has been built by generations of hard-working immigrants who risked all they had to pursue their dreams of a better life. Alone among the world’s leading nations, America has thrived by embracing the belief that different peoples could come together to form one strong, united nation.

Regardless of where we came from, we all share a commitment to the idea spelled out by our Founding Fathers: that we are all created equal, and share the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Wisconsin’s Hispanic community has helped build the state that we love – and they are continuing to build it today. I am pleased to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. It is appropriate for the people of Wisconsin to educate themselves about the contributions of the state’s Hispanic community.

Senator Johnson meets with constituents visiting from Wisconsin

Senator Johnson Announces Mobile Office Hours

This week I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with the my staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.

Monday, September 17th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Markesan Public Library

75 North Bridge Street, Markesan, WI 53946

Monday, September 17th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Middleton Public Library, Marion Fuller Archer Room
7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562

Monday, September 17th, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Mead Public Library, 2nd Floor Public Conference Room
710 North 8th, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Monday, September 17th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Darien Village Hall, Village Hall Room
20 North Wisconsin Street, Darien, WI 53114

Tuesday, September 18th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pittsville Community Public Library
5291 3rd Avenue, Pittsville, WI 54466

Tuesday, September 18th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Suring Municipal Center
604 East Main Street, Suring, WI 54174

Wednesday, September 19th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kiel City Hall, Council Chambers

621 6th Street, Kiel, WI 53042

Wednesday, September 19th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Franklin Public Library, Sievert Conference Room
9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin, WI 53132

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