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On WIZM, US Sen. Johnson criticizes Inflation Reduction bill, Lt. Gov. Barnes



A group of high-priced bills on health care, climate change and inflation have been passed into law by Congress. But mainly by Democrats.

No Republican Senators voted for President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, including Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson.

He’s critical of his Democratic challenger, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, for supporting the economic bill.

“He supported the tax increase that just was passed in the House and the Senate,” Johnson said Tuesday, on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk with Mike Hayes. “But now he says he wants middle class tax cut. He wants massive government spending, he wants increased taxes. I think he at one point in time supported a tax rate of 70 percent.”

Johnson claimed Democrats have spent $50 million on ads in the last two years, trying to spread lies about him, as he runs for a third term in the Senate.

In regards to border security and illegal immigration Johnson argued that three million “illegal immigrants” have been let into the U.S., and they’re involved in sex trafficking and drug delivery.

Johnson said some of the most dangerous drugs found in Wisconsin are not being made here.

“In Wisconsin, the impact of open borders primarily in the flow of deadly drugs,” he said. “We used to have to be cracking down on meth labs. Don’t have to do that any more, because all the meth labs are in Mexico now.”

The senator also claimed that Barnes supports having immigrants brought into the country and being given driver’s licenses, so they can vote.

“My opponent now, would like to abolish ICE,” Johnson said, adding, “He wants to offer illegal immigrants in state tuition, as you said, offer them drivers licenses, and that’s kind of one of the steps in being able to vote illegally if you’re not a US Citzen.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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