The Republican effort to take away healthcare for millions of Americans and defund Planned Parenthood is expected to “come back and bite” them next fall, and Ron Johnson is high on the list of Senators whose reelection prospects grew dimmer as he voted against thousands of Wisconsinites who rely on the health services he sought to dismantle. Johnson also opposed a measure to close the terrorist gun loophole, which would have prevented anyone listed on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms, said no to middle class tax relief, and totally skipped a vote to improve commonsense background checks on firearm purchases.

“If this is what the Republicans have in mind when they say ‘we’re back to work,’ then for the sake of women and families across the country, please take a break,” said Lauren Passalacqua, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Last night, Ron Johnson made it clear that he prioritizes special interests and corporations over women’s healthcare, the safety of our communities and pretty much anything else that would help the middle class.” 

Here’s a recap of his most damaging votes: 

Defund Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood would hurt Wisconsin’s 22 Planned Parenthood centers and more than 65,000 patients who rely on the clinics for basic health services like breast exams, Pap tests and contraception. When given the opportunity to strike the provision defunding Planned Parenthood, Johnson voted no. 

Close the Terrorist Gun Loophole

The amendment would have prevented terrorists or suspected terrorists from buying a gun or explosives. 

Expanded Background Checks For Gun Purchases

The amendment that would expand background checks to gun shows (close the gun show loophole) and all commercial sales (over the internet and facilitated by commercial advertising). 

Provide Tax Relief to the Middle Class

The amendment would have provided new tax cut for working families to keep more of what they earn and also help pay for child care. 

Increase Veteran’s Access to Care & Improve VA Facilities

The amendment would have increased funding for veterans care, VA construction and hiring. 

Protect Pregnant Women, Domestic Violence Victims & Cancer Patients from Tax Increases

The amendment would have protected a tax credit passed as a part of the ACA, protecting tax increases for vulnerable patients, including pregnant women, victims of domestic violence, people with cancer and Alzheimer’s, and stroke survivors.

Robert Hansen


Grew up in Escanaba MI, now living in Greenfield WI. Father, Activist, Past @ironstache @newstalk1510am @mkedems. Opinions are mine.