Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

Senator Ron Johnson
2013-01-25 13:29:56
Ron Johnson-United States Senator for Wisconsin Johnson Comments on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day �The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a day when people would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character; where America would live out the true meaning of its creed: that all men are created equal; where oppression would be replaced by freedom and justice; and where people would sit down together in brotherhood. ��That message is as important today as it was during his lifetime." Johnson Comments on Benghazi Briefings "I am grateful to Senator Kerry for stating that the intelligence which he reviewed shortly after the attack indicated that there were no protests at Benghazi. Why then did U.N. Ambassador Rice and others continue to insist that there were? Why did this administration continue to mislead the American public? "Senator Kerry also asked whether I had attended a specific classified briefing held last year, one that was made available to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I became a member of the Committee quite recently, and so was not invited to the briefing offered last year. I have participated in multiple classified briefings on Benghazi, and others that were unclassified. I attended briefings offered to all Senators, and to members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs." Johnson Comments on Obama Inauguration �The American people elected divided government. They want the President and Congress to work together to address the serious challenges facing our nation. They recognize that out-of-control government spending and debt is harming people and families today and mortgaging our children�s future. �As Americans observe today�s inauguration, it is time to quit playing Washington politics and start acting responsibly to grow our economy and secure prosperity for future generations. As President Obama begins his second term, preventing the bankrupting of America should be his top priority.� Johnson Releases Statement on March for Life �For decades, Americans of conscience have been coming to Washington each year to stand up for the protection of the weakest among us. They are dedicated to changing hearts and minds, and to fulfilling the promise of the Declaration of Independence: that all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.� Mobile Office Session Announced in Wisconsin This week, I announced that my staff would be available for a mobile office session at the date and location listed below. This session allows constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters. Monday, January 28th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Stockbridge - Munsee Tribal Offices N8476 Moheconuch, Bowler, WI 54416 Friday, February 1st, 10:00 am - 11:00 am Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Community Room 328 Main Street, New Auburn, WI 54757 Friday, February 1st, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Shell Lake City Hall 501 1st Street, Shell Lake, WI 54871 Friday, February 1st, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Turtle Lake Public Library 114 Martin Avenue East, Turtle Lake, WI� 54889
January 25, 2013

Johnson Comments on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a day when people would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character; where America would live out the true meaning of its creed: that all men are created equal; where oppression would be replaced by freedom and justice; and where people would sit down together in brotherhood.
  
That message is as important today as it was during his lifetime.

Senator Johnson Comments on Secretary Clinton's Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony on Benghazi Attacks

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During her Senate testimony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that approximately 25 Americans who were on the ground or who witnessed the terrorist attack in Benghazi were immediately evacuated. Secretary Clinton also revealed that neither she, nor her senior people, debriefed or spoke with those people immediately after the attack, or for months afterward, to understand what happened. She stated that she didn't want to be later accused of playing politics.

When I questioned her about the misinformation disseminated for days by the administration, most notably by Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice on Sunday news programs five days after the attack, she asked, "What difference does it make?"

If you don't expeditiously debrief the people who witnessed the attack, how can you understand who initiated it, what weapons they used and who may have been involved? How do you initiate a proper response if you don't know what transpired? How do you move properly to protect other American assets and people in the region? How do you know what failures occurred, so that you can immediately correct them, if you have not debriefed the very victims of those failures? And lastly, how do you tell the truth to the American people if you don't know the facts?

Our diplomatic forces in Benghazi were denied the security they repeatedly requested for many months before Sept. 11, 2012. Secretary Clinton stated that she was not told of those desperate requests in the most dangerous region in the world. As a result, our people in Benghazi were ill-prepared to repel or avoid that attack, and four Americans were murdered. For many days after the event, the American people were also misinformed as to the nature and perpetrators of that attack.

In truth, Benghazi is a failure of leadership � before, during and after the terrorist attack.

To answer Secretary Clinton, it does make a difference. It matters enormously for the American public to know whether or not their president and members of his administration are on top of a crisis and telling them the truth.

Johnson Comments on Benghazi Briefings

 I am grateful to Senator Kerry for stating that the intelligence which he reviewed shortly after the attack indicated that there were no protests at Benghazi. Why then did U.N. Ambassador Rice and others continue to insist that there were? Why did this administration continue to mislead the American public?
  
Senator Kerry also asked whether I had attended a specific classified briefing held last year, one that was made available to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I became a member of the Committee quite recently, and so was not invited to the briefing offered last year. I have participated in multiple classified briefings on Benghazi, and others that were unclassified. I attended briefings offered to all Senators, and to members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Johnson Comments on Obama Inauguration
  
The American people elected divided government. They want the President and Congress to work together to address the serious challenges facing our nation. They recognize that out-of-control government spending and debt is harming people and families today and mortgaging our children�s future.

As Americans observe today�s inauguration, it is time to quit playing Washington politics and start acting responsibly to grow our economy and secure prosperity for future generations. As President Obama begins his second term, preventing the bankrupting of America should be his top priority.

Johnson Releases Statement on March for Life
  
For decades, Americans of conscience have been coming to Washington each year to stand up for the protection of the weakest among us. They are dedicated to changing hearts and minds, and to fulfilling the promise of the Declaration of Independence: that all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Mobile Office Session Announced in Wisconsin

This week, I announced that my staff would be available for a mobile office session at the date and location listed below. This session allows constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
 
Monday, January 28th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stockbridge - Munsee Tribal Offices
N8476 Moheconuch, Bowler, WI 54416

Friday, February 1st, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Community Room
328 Main Street, New Auburn, WI 54757

Friday, February 1st, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Shell Lake City Hall
501 1st Street, Shell Lake, WI 54871

Friday, February 1st, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Turtle Lake Public Library
114 Martin Avenue East, Turtle Lake, WI  54889

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