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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson signs $886 billion defense bill, despite concerns of military’s “radical left social agenda” and “wokeness”

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FILE - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a news conference on spending, Dec. 14, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly released documents from closed-door testimony to the House Jan. 6 committee show that Andrew Hitt, the former Wisconsin Republican Party chairman, said that Johnson spoke with him about having the state's GOP-controlled Legislature, rather than voters, choose Wisconsin's presidential electors. Johnson, in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, said he had no recollection of the conversation with Hitt. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

An $886 billion annual defense bill was passed overwhelmingly by the US Senate on Thursday by an 86-11 margin.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but said he has hesitations that military leadership is too concerned with “wokeness.”

Johnson said in a statement to media he’s “highly concerned that under Democrat(ic) administrations, the military is being used to advance a radical left social agenda, and military leadership is now more concerned with ‘wokeness’ than military readiness.”

Johnson, first elected in 2010, also stated they have “allowed the Military Industrial Complex to become too powerful and exert too much influence.”

Regardless, he signed the bill anyway in hopes the US House would address his concerns, apparently.

“To show my continued support for our troops and their mission of defending our freedoms, I voted yes on passage of the Senate NDAA,” Johnson concluded. “This allows the bill to move to conference with the House bill where I hope my concerns can be alleviated.”

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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