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Upcoming Events

 Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

What: Saris Cycling
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: 5253 Verona Rd., Fitchburg

What: Automation Components, Inc.
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 2315 N. Parview Road, Middleton

 Past Events

 Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

What: Madison-Kipp Corp. visit
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: 201 Waubesa St., Madison



What: TLX Technologies visit
Time: noon – 1:15 p.m.
Location: N27 W23727 Paul Road, Pewaukee


What: Miro Tool & Mfg. Inc. visit
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.  
Location: 201 Sentry Drive, Waukesha


What: Acieta LLC visit
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: N27 W23750 Paul Road, Pewaukee


Events subject to change.

"I have repeatedly stated that I believe President Obama lost the negotiation with Iran before it ever began.  By acknowledging Iran’s right to enrich uranium instead of demanding the dismantling of its enrichment program, and also by lifting some of the sanctions, he gave away almost all the leverage we had to negotiate a good deal.   The Iranians accurately assessed the administration's weakness and took full advantage of it. 

"The result is a deal that will allow tens of billions – and, over time, hundreds of billions – of dollars to flow into Iran, strengthening the economy and military of the largest state sponsor of terrorism.  The anytime, anywhere inspection regime that we were assured would provide the verification and accountability that such a deal requires instead gave way to secret side deals with the IAEA that reportedly allow Iran basically to inspect itself. 

"As a result, I believe that rather than preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the deal sets Iran on a path to eventually developing a nuclear weapon.  If that isn't bad enough, the deal also lifts the arms embargo and the embargo on ballistic missile technology, without requiring any improvement in Iran's behavior, but based on the passage of time alone. 

"The choice is not between this deal and war.  The choice should have been – and should be – between this deal and a better deal obtained by increasing sanctions until Iran finally comes to the negotiating table willing to dismantle its nuclear program and end its sponsorship of terrorism.  Until that time, Iran should remain isolated and kept as weak as possible to minimize the harm it can do to the region and the world, and the U.S. must maintain the military capability and credible threat to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

"I will vote to disapprove this awful and dangerous agreement."


Friday, Sept.4, 2015

What: Public Town Hall in Richland Center
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Richland Center City Hall, 450 S. Main St., Richland Center

What: Public Town Hall in Baraboo
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Baraboo Municipal Building, 135 4th St., Baraboo

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

What: Chips Burgers
Time: 11:15 a.m. - noon
Location: 1203 E. 3rd St., Merrill

What: Public Town Hall in Prentice
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Prentice Village Hall, 403 Center St., Prentice

What: Public Town Hall in Chetek
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Chetek City Hall, 220 Stout St., Chetek

What: Public Town Hall in St. Croix
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: 401 N. Hamilton St., St. Croix

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

What: Florence County Fair
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: 5505 County Highway N., Florence

What: Public Town Hall in Crandon
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hotel Crandon Restaurant and Bar, 200 N. Lake Ave., Crandon

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

What: Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Location: 500 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland

What: ATF (ASYST) Technologies
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 5811 99th Ave., Kenosha

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

What: Farm Technology Days
Time: 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
Location: 5966 Town Hall Drive, Sun Prairie
Note: Sen. Johnson will meet and speak with visitors and exhibitors at this agricultural event.

What: TASCET Inc.
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  
Location: 1 S. Pinckney St., Madison
Note: Sen. Johnson will hear from company members about achieving recognition of Tribal ID cards.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

What: Menominee Tribal Enterprises Mill and Forestry Tour
Time: 1:20 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Location: Hwy 47 N., N3522 Cottage Ave., Neopit

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

What: Public Town Hall in Montello
Time: 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  
Location: Health & Human Services Building, 428 Underwood Ave., Montello

What: Adams County Community Center
Time: 10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  
Location: 569 N. Cedar St., Adams

What: Public Town Hall in Black River Falls
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
Location: 101 S. 2nd St., Black River Falls

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

What: Midwestern BioAg Field Day at Otter Creek
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  
Location: 6620 Wisconsin Highway 130, Avoca

What: Fort Mulligan Grill
Time: 12:40 p.m. – 1: 10 p.m.  
Location: 214 W. Blackhawk Ave., Prairie du Chien

What: Rural Route 1 Popcorn
Time: 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 101 Highway 18, Montfort

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

What: Wausau Window and Wall Tour
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Location: 7800 International Drive, Wausau 

What: Public town hall w/ Rep. Sean Duffy in Wausau
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
Location: Wausau Window and Wall, 7800 International Drive, Wausau 

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

What: Colfax Community Block Party, Colfax Lutheran Pancake Breakfast
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  
Location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 600 Balsam St., Colfax.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

What: St. Croix Crossing bridge tour
Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
Location: St. Croix Boat & Packet, 525 S. Main St., Stillwater, Minn. 
Note: Press availability following tour at 3:30 p.m. at 525 S. Main St.

What: Public Town Hall in New Richmond
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
Location: WITC New Richmond Campus, Conference Center, 1019 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

What: PGA Breakfast and Tour
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  
Whistling Straits Golf Course, N8501 Lakeshore Road, Sheboygan

What: Towne House Restaurant
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location: 232 Main St., Darlington

What: Public Town Hall in Monroe
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Monroe City Hall, 1110 18th Ave., Monroe

What: Northwoods Premium Confections
Time: 4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Location: 314 State St., Beloit

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

What: Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: 8653 Highway 51, Minocqua

What: Gerrit’s Lakeview Inn
Time: 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 656 County Road G, Pelican Lake

What: Reggie’s Roadhouse
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 526 County Road G, Pelican Lake

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

What: Veteran’s Town Hall in Superior
Time: 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  
Location: 308 Harbor View Parkway, Superior

What: Bayfield County Fair
Time: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Range Line Road, Iron River

What: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Time: 12:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield

What: Deep Water Grill
Time: 5:10 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Location: Deep Water Grill, 800 Main St. West, Ashland

What: Supper Club Town Hall in Mercer
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Cranberry Inn, 5491 US 51, Mercer

Events subject to change.

A long-term, bipartisan highway bill, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE), passed the U.S. Senate last week by a vote of 65-34, with Senator Johnson's support. The bill reauthorizes our country’s surface transportation and road safety programs for six years.

Why is the DRIVE Act such a big deal?

This is the longest multi-year highway funding measure to pass the Senate in a decade. Not since 2005 has the Senate been able to agree on a long-term bill. In fact, since 2009, Congress has passed more than 30 patches and shorter-term extensions to keep the funding flowing so that infrastructure projects can continue.

Jun 26 2015

Ron in Dairyland

An inside look at Sen. Johnson's recent adventures in America's dairyland. 

Thank you for wanting to learn more about Senator Johnson’s bill to help America transition past the poorly written and disastrously implemented Affordable Care Act.

Senator Johnson’s proposed Preserving Freedom and Choice in Health Care Act would prevent a crisis in the event the Supreme Court in the King vs. Burwell case reads the Affordable Care Act the way Congress wrote it.

May 23 

Memorial Day Program at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner 

May 24 

Memorial Day Program at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove 

May 25 

Service at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King 

Memorial Day Ceremony at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee


On tax deadline day, April 15, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before my committee about the IRS’ implementation of Obamacare.

The IRS, probably the most feared civilian agency of the federal government, plays a central role in enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate and in reconciling its subsidies. So, as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I felt Koskinen (right) needed to hear what Americans have experienced.

Remember one year ago, when President Obama was claiming that unless Republicans again renewed the temporary, extra-long unemployment benefits enacted in the depths of the recession, the economy would suffer?

Remember how his advisers claimed that if Congress let unemployment benefits return to normal, 240,000 jobs would be lost, and how a New York Times columnist claimed it was because Republicans liked to “afflict the afflicted”?

Republicans did not heed the president. The unprecedented 99 weeks of extended benefits expired. Unemployment benefits returned to normal.

And last week, President Obama was declaring 2014 “a breakthrough year for America.” Remember that?

A groundbreaking new study explains why it was such a good year, Investors Business Daily reports: It was because Republicans ignored Obama’s advice, as 60% of the jobs gained last year were due to the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits.

I’ve said as much, but now others are saying so, too. IBD writes:

“Economists from the University of Oslo, the Institute for International Economic Studies and the University of Pennsylvania took advantage of the sudden end to this federal benefit across the country to see how it correlated with job growth.

“Their findings, published this week by the highly respected National Bureau of Economic Research, found that because Congress didn't listen to Obama, ‘1.8 million additional jobs were created in 2014 due to the benefit cut.’”

You can read the study itself here. It’s worth doing. Economists Marcus Hagedorn, Iourii Manovskii and Kurt Mitman point out just how well the economy did:

“Average employment growth was about 25% higher in 2014 than in the best of several preceding years. The employment-to-population ratio rose. The unemployment rate declined sharply. In contrast to typical predictions, the labor force participation rate suddenly halted its steady secular decline.”

The majority of the effect, the economists write, was because Congress cut off the extra-long benefits. Naysayers claimed this would cause discouraged unemployed people to stop looking entirely – to drop out of the labor force. That didn’t happen, the researchers write, because cutting benefits encourages job creation:

“Not only did the unemployed not drop out of the labor force because of losing entitlement to benefits, but instead those previously not participating in the labor market decided to enter the labor force. . . . The increased availability of jobs than draws non-participants into the labor market.”

Others have already been saying this. North Carolina cut back on extended benefits earlier. Liberals implied this was immoral, but it led to more people finding work. Other observers have been noting the helpful effects of the national cut-off already.

None of this is to imply that unemployed people were lazy. I’m not saying that, nor were conservatives. But government programs, even well-intentioned ones, often have unforeseen effects. Incentives matter. That’s a piece of science that the president and his party should start paying attention to.

“It's enough to make you wonder,” IBD writes, “how much more growth we'd enjoy if other parts of Obama's ‘middle class economics’ were jettisoned.”