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Johnson, Tim - Clipbook

Johnson, Tim - Clipbook

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Editorials
Bloomington Pantagraph: “Keep Congress out of Illinois Gun Carry Issue”
In December 2011, the Bloomington Pantagraph Editorial Board wrote, “Keep Congress out of Illinois Gun Carry Issue.” After Johnson argued that concealed carry is a constitutional right and, therefore, it is proper for the federal government to intervene,as it did to protect civil rights, the newspaper wrote, “Unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in to say the state is violating theSecond Amendment by not allowing concealed carry (a federal lawsuit on that question is pending in Springfield), this is amatter better left to the Illinois General Assembly — not Congress.” [Bloomington Pantagraph,12/02/11]
Budget Issues
Said Republican Rhetoric Led to Lowering of the Nation’s Credit
In an August 2011 interview, when asked if Nancy Pelosi was a member of the Center Aisle Caucus, Johnson railed against her rhetoric and added that Republicans have also in the past strayed from speaking fairly:, “We had a history as Republicans of increasing the rhetoric as well—people who point fingers more than solve problems. Members of Congress, just by their rhetoric alone, are part of the cause of Standard and Poor’s [lowering the credit rating].” [Chicago Magazine, 8/17/11]
When Asked to Not Cut Food Stamps Programs, “Everything will be on the table”
In September of 2011, a spokesman for Johnson (who chairs the House agriculture committee's subcommittee on ruraldevelopment) said that while Johnson supports safety nets for rural areas and smaller communities, "everything will be on thetable" for budget cuts.His spokesman said, "Generally he's in favor of preserving those safety nets for those least able to help themselves." After constituents wrote their pleas on paper plates and gave them to the congressman, Johnson’s spokesman said the plates included"many very touching stories, but we're living in tough times. All these things are vulnerable." [News Gazette,9/30/11]
Supported Turning Federal Budget into a Two Year Agreement
In August 2011, Johnson said he supported making the federal budget to a two-year cycle, arguing that avoiding an annualfight between lawmakers will make government more efficient and less partisan. [WJBC,9/02/11]
Responded to Credit Rating Decrease by Saying It Wasn’t His Fault
In an August 2011 interview, Johnson said, “Why would I feel responsible when I voted against the bill that passed and thenapparently triggered this? It was a cobbled-together bill. The cuts were, I think, far short of what is necessary to deal with our fiscal crisis in America. Also, it didn’t deal with the fact that we have already spent upwards of $2 trillion on three wars—or six wars, according to how you look at it. No end game, and we’re pouring gigantic amounts of money into something that Idon’t think makes people in Bloomington or Decatur or Champaign any safer.” [Chicago Magazine, 8/17/11]
Johnson Was Looking for More Cuts to Defense after Debt Ceiling Deal
In an August 2011 interview, when asked if he was looking for more cuts in defense, Johnson said, “Absolutely.” Hecontinued, “I want to get out of Afghanistan. I want to get out of Iraq. We shouldn’t be in Libya. We shouldn’t be in Syria.”[Chicago Magazine,8/17/11]
Said Republican Rhetoric Led to Lowering of the Nation’s Credit
In an August 2011 interview, when asked if Nancy Pelosi was a member of the Center Aisle Caucus, Johnson railed against her rhetoric and added that Republicans have also in the past strayed from speaking fairly:, “We had a history as Republicans of increasing the rhetoric as well—people who point fingers more than solve problems. Members of Congress, just by their rhetoric alone, are part of the cause of Standard and Poor’s [lowering the credit rating].” [Chicago Magazine, 8/17/11] 2
 
Criticized Obama’s Budget before Fully Reading It
In February 2012, The Belleville-News Democrat reported that Johnson had “not had an opportunity to look at the budget infull detail.” Nonetheless, Johnson said of the budget, “it appears to be more of the same. More spending, more debt, moretaxes. That is not a recipe for success.” [Belleville News-Democrat,2/14/12]
Said He Would Consider Revenue in Closing the Budget
Johnson said he is “not close minded on revenue” when it comes to closing the budget, but that taxes are nothis preferred option. According to The Pantagraph, Johnson “hesitate[d]” to vote for tax credits for windenergy and called the payroll tax break – which he voted against - a “$100 billion drain on Social Security.”
[The Pantagraph,2/23/12]
“Tax increases ‘are not my first avenue,’ Johnson said. ‘I am not willing to look out and create revenue withtax increases. I don't think that's the answer. Those tax cuts for the most part have engendered a robusteconomy. ... But I am not close-minded to the potential of looking for new sources of revenue.’”
[News-Gazette,3/18/12]
Suggested Defense Cuts to Close Deficit
In March 2012, Johnson suggested defense spending cuts to pay down the national debt. According to theHerald Review, “Johnson cited defense spending, among other areas, as ways to lessen the national debt.”
[Herald Review,3/08/12]
Said Cuts Need to be Made “Virtually Everywhere”
In March 2012, Johnson said spending cuts needed to be made “virtually everywhere” to close the deficit.Johnson said “But the bottom line is, virtually everywhere, cuts need to be made.”
[Herald Review,3/08/12]
Business and Consumer Issues
Responded to Credit Rating Decrease by Saying It Wasn’t His Fault
In an August 2011 interview, Johnson said, “Why would I feel responsible when I voted against the bill that passed and thenapparently triggered this? It was a cobbled-together bill. The cuts were, I think, far short of what is necessary to deal with our fiscal crisis in America. Also, it didn’t deal with the fact that we have already spent upwards of $2 trillion on three wars—or six wars, according to how you look at it. No end game, and we’re pouring gigantic amounts of money into something that Idon’t think makes people in Bloomington or Decatur or Champaign any safer.” [Chicago Magazine, 8/17/11]
Campaign and Campaign Finance Issues
Said He Was Too Busy with Constituents to Deal with Republican Lawsuit against the Proposed Congressional Maps
In an August 2011 interview, Johnson said he was not involving himself in the fight against the state’s proposed congressionalredistricting maps because, “I’m too busy serving my constituents to get involved.” [Chicago Magazine,8/17/11]
Refused to Join Challenge to Illinois Redistricting
In August 2011, Johnson was the lone GOP congressman not to sign a letter to Congress criticizing the new Illinoiscongressional map because he did not believe a legal challenge to the map would be successful.3

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