Sep 18 2015

Ron's Week

Ron's Week

Milwaukee Schools

Ron began his week visiting schools in Milwaukee. One of those schools was Holy Redeemer Christian Academy, where Ron got to participate in the activities surrounding the school’s science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, competition.

 Ron with a winner who created a wind-powered light-up cheese head. Now, that would be fun to have at a Packers game!

 Ron speaks with students who participated in the competition and their teachers.

Ron with another participant in the STEM competition.

Ron Looks for Answers at Hearing on ISIS

Ron questioned witnesses on the progress of the administration’s goal of degrading and ultimately defeating ISIS at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing this week.

Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told Johnson, “There’s a strategy on paper, but the implementation for that strategy has been lacking in certain aspects.”

Watch the senator’s full questioning  here.  

Fair Chance Act – “Ban the Box”

Ron spoke at the Coalition for Public Safety’s  Fair Sentencing & Fair Chances National Tour Launch this week.

Last week, Ron, along with a bipartisan group of his colleagues, introduced the Fair Chance Act. The legislation gives formerly incarcerated citizens a fairer chance at securing employment. Informally, this idea is known by the phrase “ban the box,” referring to something often seen on job applications, a box applicants must check if they previously were convicted of a felony or other crime. The Fair Chance Act eliminates the practice.

 Ron spoke at a press conference last week introducing the Fair Chance Act with his colleagues.

HSGAC Committee Discusses Regulatory Reform

As chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Ron held a hearing this week to address issues surrounding America’s regulatory burden. “The root of the problem isn’t any one regulatory agency but a process that often lacks accountability and a connection to real-world impacts,”  he said.  Read more here.

 Watch Chairman Johnson’s full remarks at the hearing  here.

Constitution Day

The nation celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 this week. In honor of Constitution Day, Ron participated in a Google Hangout with Liberty Day and filmed a separate video on the importance of educating and informing the next generation.

Ron commented on the importance of Constitution Day and educating students. Watch video  here.

Ron participate d in a live Google Hangout answering questions submitted by students across Wisconsin on the Constitution and U.S. government. Watch it  here.

Hispanic Heritage Month

September is Hispanic Heritage Month.  “These Americans, our neighbors, have served in our military, taught in our schools, grown businesses from the ground up, and above all helped build a safe and secure America for the next generation,”  Ron commented. Read his full statement  here.

 "I am grateful for the Hispanic Americans who have contributed to our nation’s prosperity."  

Upcoming Events


What: Academy Day 2015 – Do you know someone in need of a service academy nomination? Interested high school students, teachers and parents should join Sen. Johnson along with Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Grothman, Rep. Ribble, Rep. Kind, Rep. Duffy and Rep. Pocan and meet with representatives of the U.S. military academies at this year’s Academy Day 2015.   
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   
Location: Experimental Aircraft Association Aviation Center, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh

What: Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor 
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 
Location: 9990 Water St., Ephraim

What: Door County Coffee and Tea Co. 
Time: 1:45 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. 
Location: 5773 Wisconsin Highway 42, Sturgeon Bay

What: Public Town Hall 
Ti me:  3 – 4 p.m. 
Location: 401 5 th St., Kewaunee


What: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing: “Improving VA Accountability: Examining First-Hand Accounts of Department of Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers” 
Time: 9:30 a.m. ET 
Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington


What: Apprenticeship Fair – There will be more than 40 booths on carpentry, construction, electrical, plumbing, metal trades, sheet metal, welding, steam fitting, HVACR,  machining, pipefitting, and millwright work.  
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.  
Location: Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton Campus Rooms A170 and C190 (use entrances 15 & 16), 1825 N.  Bluemound Drive , Appleton

What: Telephone Town Hall – Sign up on Sen. Johnson’s website  here. 
Time: 2 p.m. CT 
Location: Sen. Johnson will be calling from his office in Washington.

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