“The land of the free, the home of the brave, the hope to the world.”
In this week's podcast, Sen. Ron Johnson celebrates Independence Day by celebrating our freedoms. Listen here.
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Amerifest in Pewaukee
Sen. Johnson was honored to speak at the annual Amerifest held at Spring Creek Church in Pewaukee. The event honors veterans and the armed forces. One of the featured speakers was World War II veteran Clayton Chipman. The U.S. Marine veteran is a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Watch Sen. Johnson's Amerifest comments here.
What's Next After Another Terror Attack
Sen. Johnson had this say after the deadly terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this latest tragedy. Sadly, it seems we are saying that a lot these days. We need to face the reality that the root cause of so many of these terrorist attacks is radical Islamist ideology. The civilized world must unite and fight to reclaim the freedom that Islamic terrorists are methodically taking away.”
Watch the full interview here.
"It's depressing, the increased frequency of these terrorist attacks around the world." - Sen. Ron Johnson
"This threat is real. As of June 22, there were 820 cases of Zika in the continental United States. -Sen. Ron Johnson .
Click here to watch the Zika Roundtable discussion.
On Wednesday, Sen. Johnson led a roundtable to examine the Zika outbreak and the threat this virus poses to our nation’s health and security.
“As we head into peak mosquito season across most of the united States, there is still much we do not know about the virus. It is critically important to the health and well-being of this nation to obtain answers to some key questions, " said Sen. Johnson.
Wisconsin has six confirmed Zika cases related to travel. Eight women across the United States and its territories have had adverse pregnancy outcomes related to Zika.
Helping Puerto Rico Without a Bailout
Sen. Johnson voted this week for legislation to prevent taxpayer money from being used to bail out the government of Puerto Rico.
The bill imposes fiscal reforms necessary for the territory to restructure its overwhelming debt. Sen. Johnson said the measure’s protection for American taxpayers was its strength.
“It's a good bill," Johnson said. “It's not a bailout by taxpayers. The bill provides strong financial controls, which is what is necessary for Puerto Rico."
“This legislation provides the best chance to put Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, on a sustainable path - and it accomplishes that without using U.S. taxpayers’ money.”
Ron in Wisconsin
Ron met the guys behind Gearbox Express in Mukwonago when their business was just an idea on how to do things better. Six years later, they just moved to a bigger plant and continue to grow, thanks to being nimble entrepreneurs.
Ron visited M2M Machining in Mukwonago for a tour and conversation about the company's place in the aerospace and transportation industries.
Ron visited GE Healthcare in Waukesha talking with some of the company's 6,000 Wisconsin workers. GE Healthcare’s overall annual economic impact in Wisconsin is $3.8 billion.
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Buffalo County: Alma
Wednesday, July 6, 11 a.m. – noon
Alma City Hall
314 N. Main St., Alma
Rusk County: Conrath
Thursday, July 7, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Conrath Village Hall
N2720 Park St., Conrath
Taylor County: Rib Lake
Thursday, July 7, 11 a.m. – noon
Rib Lake Village Hall
655 Pearl St., Rib Lake
Chippewa County: Bloomer
Friday, July 8, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
2070 19 th Ave., Bloomer
Sauk County: Spring Green
Friday, July 8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Spring Green Village Hall
154 N. Lexington St., Spring Green
Washburn County: Minong
Friday, July 8, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Minong Village Hall
123 5 th Ave., Minong
Douglas County: Superior
Friday, July 8, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Superior Public Library, Classroom
1530 Tower Ave., Superior
La Crosse County: Salem
Friday, July 8, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library
201 Neshonoc Road, West Salem
Burnett County: Grantsburg
Friday, July 8, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grantsburg Village Hall
316 S. Brad St., Grantsburg