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Budget Issues

Asked for Funds for His District…Then Criticized Spending In March 2011, Johnson asked for $4.365 million for a runway improvement project at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. He later declared on the floor that, “our nation is broke. The federal government has maxed out its credit card.” His request was unsuccessful, but his spokesperson, Jessica Towhey, defended the request: There’s a difference between smart federal spending and the reckless, irresponsible waste of tax dollars the American people are fed up with. Congressman Johnson joined with Rep. Tim Ryan in a bipartisan request to the FAA for safety improvements at a part of the YoungstownWarren Regional Airport that the FAA has determined is not safe. This airport is a growing hub for travel and business in Northeast Ohio, and there is strong bipartisan support to ensure the safety of travelers and airport employees.” [Huffington Post, 7/05/11]

Impact of the Republican Budget on Medicare
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ryan’s budget affected Congressman Johnson’s district in the following ways:

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Increase prescription drug costs for 9,800 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $96 million for drugs over the next decade. Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 116,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district. Deny 430,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits. Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 99,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44 and 54. Require the 99,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $23.1 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs. Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 52,000 individuals in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 332,000 individuals in the district who are age 43 or younger. [Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 2011]

Supported Republican Budget Proposal “The budget showdown looms on Capitol Hill where House Republicans this week unveiled the Fiscal Year 2012 plan, “The Path to Prosperity.” Washington must be forced to stop spending money it doesn’t have, and that’s what this plan does. We’ve got to spur private-sector job creation, lock in spending cuts and strengthen critical programs to provide for the health and retirement security for all Americans.” [Representative Johnson E-Newsletter, 4/06/11] Politico Noted Johnson as a Supporter of the Ryan Budget In April 2011, Politico wrote that Johnson endorsed Paul Ryan’s plan. [Politico, 4/05/11] Johnson: “I Held My Nose and Voted” for the Bipartisan Continuing Resolution In April 2011, Johnson expressed his aversion to the bipartisan continuing resolution that funded the government before

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passing the continuing resolution that funded the government through the end of the FY2011. He said, “I voted for this deal. Well, let me put that another way – I held my nose and voted for this because I believe the issues we’re facing are too important not to make a major step forward in securing the American Dream for future generations.” [Rep. Bill Johnson ENewsletter, 4/15/11] Said the RSC Budget Had a Lot of Ideas that He Supported In April 2011, Johnson said that while Paul Ryan’s FY2012 budget had “a lot of good ideas,” he said he had taken a look at the Republican Study Committee’s budget proposal and he saw “a lot of good ideas in there that I support.” [Rep. Bill Johnson ENewsletter, 4/15/11] Said Cuts Will Have to Include Big Cuts to Defense Johnsons said that any cuts to the budget would also be cuts made to Pentagon spending. He said, “I’ve been around the Department of Defense for 27 years, and we have to streamline the way defense spending is applied. Warfare has changed. We now face an asymmetrical threat from terrorists. They’re not massed in one place with their weapons pointed at us. They’re well-organized, well-funded, technologically advanced, and they can strike at remote places, including within this country. So we have to overhaul our defense spending and the way we use it, to give our fighting forces the best technological know-how to deal with the new threat.” [Human Events, 4/23/11] Criticized Waste and Inefficiency in Government In March 2011, Johnson criticized waste in the government budget and cited a recent report detailing redundancies across federal agencies. He said, “According to the report, there are 15 agencies implementing Federal laws on food safety. There are 80 different programs and numerous agencies that work on economic development, 24 Federal agencies for information technology, and 82 programs dealing with teacher quality across multiple agencies. What is this costing us? Billions. Who’s paying for it? You guessed it, the American taxpayer.” [Rep. Bill Johnson Floor Remarks, 3/2/11] Supported Blocking Pay Checks for Members of Congress if they Fail to Pass a Budget In February 2012, Johnson introduced the “Pass a Budget Now Act,” legislation that blocks members of Congress from receiving a pay check for ever day after April 15, 2012 that their respective chamber fails to pass a budget. Johnson released a statement on the bill saying “Enough is enough. It’s time to stop business as usual in Washington, and the ‘Pass a Budget Now Act’ takes us one step closer to holding the federal government accountable. As a 26 year Air Force Veteran, I know that if Harry Reid and Senate Democrats were in the military they would be charged, court martialed, and convicted for dereliction of duty for failing to pass a budget in the past 1,022 days.” [Legislative Release, 02/15/12] Blamed Senate Democrats for Failure to Pass Budget In March 2012, Johnson blamed Senate Democrats for their failure to pass a budget. Johnson said “[t]he Senate Democrats’ failure to pass a budget is a perfect example of just how broken Washington is and Americans are demanding change.” [Canton Repository, 03/01/12]

Business and Consumer Issues Campaign Finance Issues
Gave $25K Bonus to Consulting Group and $14K to Repay Himself From January to April 2011, Johnson raised $156,262.67 with $53,600 coming from PACs. He spent $81,187.16 during the first three months of the year.

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His two biggest payments were $25,000 to PRH Consulting Group LLC of Columbus for an “election victory bonus,” and $14,000 to himself to pay off a portion of the $70,050 he lent to his campaign. [Youngstown Vindicator, 4/18/11]

Member of the NRCC Patriot Program Johnson was named to the NRCC Patriot Program in September 2011, the Republican campaign committee’s list of vulnerable members who need additional financial assistance.

Debt Ceiling
Said He Will Vote to Raise the Debt Ceiling Only with “Serious, Serious Cuts” In April 2011, Johnson said he would consider voting to raise the debt ceiling if it was coupled with drastic spending cuts. He said, “I do not want to raise the debt ceiling, but I also realize the debt is just the symptom, and the disease is out-of-control spending…There is a difference between raising the debt ceiling the way the Democrats did in 2010—just to continue spending at the federal level—and raising the debt ceiling now to continue our obligations, but with serious, serious cuts.” [Human Events, 4/23/11]

District Issues Economic and Financial Issues
Compared the GM Bailout to Jamestown After fielding a question from a GM employee, Johnson said he would not have voted in favor of the TARP bill that helped GM remain viable. He said, “I’m not in favor of bailing anyone out with the federal government’s money.” Johnson then compared the auto bailout to what he called the near-failure of the Jamestown Colony in the seventeenth century because of “socialistic practices.” He then continued that it wasn’t until “a strong leader” took charge and enlisted the principles of free enterprise that the colony was able to thrive. [Youngstown Business Journal, 2/01/11] Said It Was Necessary to Cut the Community Development Block Grants In March 2011, Johnson said it was “necessary” to cut Community Development Block Grant funds. He said, "We all want to see Steubenville receive the CDBG funds. But where is that money coming from? America is broke, and we all need to sacrifice. I am all for economic development, but we also have to be practical." [Wheeling News Register, 3/24/11]

Education Issues Election 2012
Johnson Denies Redistricting Affected His Decision to Move to Center of the District In January 2011, Bill Johnson announced his family was planning to move to the middle of the district from Mahoning County where he currently lives, and which is located in the 17th CD, to Washington County. When asked "if redistricting played a role

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in his decision," Johnson said he is simply focusing on “my job of representing the 6th District.” [East Liverpool Review, 1/9/11]

Energy Issues
Floor Speech: Spoke Out Very Strongly against Keeping Funding from Construction of an Ethanol Blender Pump and Ethanol Storage Facility In February 2011 on the House floor, Latham spoke out against the Flake Amendment to prevent funds for the construction of ethanol blender pumps or an ethanol storage facility saying the amendment limits consumer choice and will leave Americans dependent on foreign oil. Latham called the amendment “yet another attack on our Nation’s progress to try and achieve energy security.” [Latham Floor Remarks on Flake Amendment to HR1, 2/18/11]

Environmental Issues
Johnson: “Drill, baby, drill!” In January 2011, after fielding a question at a town hall concerning untapped oil reserves in the Dakotas, Johnson responded, “I have three words: Drill, baby, drill!” [Youngstown Business Journal, 2/01/11] Introduced Amendment to Roll Back Regulations on Mining Operations in Close Distance to Streams In February 2011, Johnson introduced Amendment 498 to the House’s Continuing Resolution proposal to prevent the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement from implementing a proposed rule to stop mining operations within 100 feet of a stream. Johnson claimed the EPA has based its rules without providing studies, data or support to justify its measures. He said, "Given the complete lack of justification, analysis or rationale for these proposed changes, it can be said that this is a political decision and not one based on science or fact.” Johnson’s measure passed the House 239-186. [The Hill, Energy and Environment Blog, 2/19/11] Floor Speech: Regulation of Mining Near Streams Is a Job Killer and Was Poorly Conceived In February 2011 on the House floor, Johnson urged support for his amendment that prohibited the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Enforcement from revising the stream buffer rule. He said the Obama administration made radical changes to the rule without of justification, analysis, or rationale despite what he claimed to have been years of consideration for the rule in its previous state. Johnson argued his amendment does not infringe on the regulatory responsibilities of the OSM, Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA but rather simply prohibits funding for “developing, carrying out, or implementing this ill-conceived proposed jobkilling rule. And I would remind my colleague that the only reason, the number one reason for passing this amendment is for the up to 29,000 jobs that it is potentially going to save.” [Johnson Floor Remarks on Johnson Amendment to HR1, 2/18/11] Supported Drilling in the Marcellus Oil Shale, off the Continental Shelf and in Alaska In April 2011, Johnson wrote of his support for drilling in the Marcellus oil shale in West Virginia as well as off the continental shelf and Alaska. He said, “President Obama recently announced a commitment to purchase oil from Brazil. How about letting American companies get in on the action? The Marcellus oil shale in West Virginia is likely to be a boon to eastern and southeastern Ohio in terms of job creation but it’s also going to help America if we can quickly and responsibly extract oil and natural gas. The same holds true for oil exploration off the continental shelf and in remote areas of Alaska. [Rep. Bill Johnson

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E-Newsletter, 4/14/11] Denied Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water In February 2012, Johnson claimed that “there's not been one single case in over 1 million fracking jobs nationwide that resulted in contaminated drinking water.” He also praised state regulators for acting “on science and facts, not political rhetoric and scare tactics” and said “I want federal regulators to stay out of it”. [Herald Star, 2/28/12] Accused Obama of “Pandering to the Environmental Left”

At a Lincoln Dinner, Johnson repeatedly chastised the administration for its stance on various issues, including the environment. Johnson accused the president of ‘pandering to his Environmental Left’ supporters.” [The Times Reporter, 2/25/12]
Accused Obama of Waging “War” on the Coal Industry In March 2012, Johnson accused President Obama of waging a “war on the coal industry and the jobs that go with it.” Johnson sponsored a bill that was designed to prevent the administration from passing “unnecessary” regulation on coal mining. [United Press Service, 03/01/12] Called Coal “Vital” to American Energy In March 2012, Johnson said coal was a vital part of America’s energy system. He said “[t]here is no question that coal is vital to providing reliable, low-cost electricity to America.” [United Press Service, 03/01/12]

Ethics Issues FEC-2011 Third Quarter
Johnson is on the following committees: Foreign Affairs Natural Resources Veteran’s Affairs Raised nearly Twice as Much from PACs as Individuals. In his October quarterly filing, Johnson raised $152,365.52 from PACs but only $60,693.53 from individuals. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] In-Kinded His Own Campaign nearly $400 for Cabs and Meals. During the third quarter, Johnson inkinded himself $388.40 for various expenses including “lodging-NRCC fundraiser” and a “meal with media consultant.” [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Joint Fundraiser: Raised nearly $8,000. On September 30 at the Patriot Day II fundraiser, Johnson participated in a joint fundraiser with various other freshmen and received contributions from the following committees: • Jeff Duncan for Congress • Concerned Americans for Freedom & Opportunity PAC (Adrian Smith) • Gardner for Congress 2012

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• People for Enterprise, Trade & Economic Growth PAC (Pete Sessions) • Families for James Lankford • DIANE PAC (Diane Black) • Elect Blake Farentold Committee • Reid Ribble • ACTION PAC • Defending America’s Values Everywhere PAC (David Schweikert) • Olson for Congress Committee • Budgethawks.com (Jason Chaffetz) • Keeping Republican Ideas Strong Timely and Inventive (Kristi Noem) • Renee Ellmers for Congress • Joe Wilson for Congress Kevin McCarthy’s Majority Committee PAC Gave $5,000. On August 1, the Majority Committee PAC, Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s leadership PAC, gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Republican Main Street PAC Has Given $5,000. On August 11, the Republican Main Street PAC has given Johnson’s campaign committee a year’s total of $5,000. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Every Republican Is Crucial (ERIC) PAC Gave $5,000. On the ERIC PAC gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] California Dairies Federal PAC Gave $1,000. On September 27th the California Dairies Federal PAC gave $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] The Freedom Project PAC Gave $5,000. On September 28, the Freedom PAC gave $5,000 to Johnson’s Campaign Committee. Thus far the Freedom Project PAC has contributed $15,000 to Johnson’s Campaign Committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Glenn Thompson Gave $1,000. On September 27, Friends of Glenn Thompson donated $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11]
Guthrie for Congress Gave $500. On September 27, Guthrie for Congress donated

$500 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Ranger PAC Gave $1,000. On September 27, Ranger PAC, Geoff Davis’s leadership committee, donated $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Conaway for Congress Gave $1,000. On September 28, Conaway for Congress gave $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11]

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Friends of John Boehner Gave $2,000. During the third quarter, Friends of John Boehner gave a total of $4,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Spencer Bachus Gave $5,000. On September 29, the Growth and Prosperity PAC gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Aaron Schock Gave $1,000. On September 29, the GOP Generation Y Fund, Aaron Schock’s PAC, gave $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Occidental Petroleum Corporation PAC Gave $1,000. On September 29th the Occidental Petroleum Corporation PAC gave $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Prosperity PAC Gave $1,000. On September 29th the Prosperity PAC gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Hal Rogers’ PAC Gave $1,000. On September 29, Hal Rogers’ leadership PAC, Helping America’s Leaders (HALPAC), gave $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Continuing A Majority Party Action Community PAC Gave $5,000. On September 29th the Continuing A Majority Party Action Community gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] New Pioneers PAC Gave $2,500. On September 29, the New Pioneers PAC, Greg Walden’s leadership PAC, gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Freedom and Security PAC Gave $1,000. On September 29th the Freedom and Security PAC gave $1,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11] Every Repubican Is Crucial (ERIC) PAC Gave $5,000. On the ERIC PAC gave $5,000 to Johnson’s campaign committee. Thus far ERIC PAC has contributed $10,000 to Johnson’s Campaign Committee [Bill Johnson for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/15/11]
Raised $236,775 in First Month and a Half of 2012

According to the Youngstown News, “Preparing for his re-election effort, freshman U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson raised $236,775 during the first month and a half of the year.

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Bucking a trend for incumbents, Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, raised a majority of his money, $212,285, from individual donors — with several contributors listed as corporate executives — compared with $24,489 from political action committees between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15.” [Youngstown News, 2/25/12]

Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea Health Care Issues
Johnson Only Ohioan Representative to Reject Congressional Health Care Even though all freshman Republicans campaigned to repeal health care once they were in office, Johnson was the only Ohioan rejecting the taxpayer-funded care as of January 2011. Democrats said that it is hypocritical for a representative to accept their government health care while trying to overturn a law that would make it easier for their constituents to get similar care. A spokesperson for Ohioan and House Speaker Boehner said their acceptance “has nothing to do with Obamacare, which will waise costs for the American people, bankrupt out government, and cause employers to drop employer-sponsored health coverage.” [Cleveland.com, 1/18/11]

Supports Provision of Healthcare Law that Prohibits Insurance Companies from Discriminating Against People with Pre-Existing Conditions According to The Vindicator, “[t]he only provision Johnson said he likes is the requirement that insurance companies not be able to eliminate coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.” [The Vindicator, 2/13/12]

Immigration and Border Issues Israel Labor and Working Family Issues LGBT Issues
Said He is Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Traditional Marriage In February 2012, Johnson said “I'm also a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage conservative who stands up for the values of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio,” [Herald Star, 2/28/12]

Misc. Issues
Invited Co-Sponsors for Bill to Allow Internet Land Leases In July 2011, Johnson sent a “Dear Colleague” letter inviting Members to co-sponsor legislation to allow onshore lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management to be conducted on the Internet. He wrote, “The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act will bring the lease sales of onshore lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) into the 21st Century by allowing these sales to be conducted through live Internet auctions. Traditional

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in-person auctions will still be held, but we can more effectively speed up sales, reduce fraud, and ensure the best return to federal taxpayers for oil and gas leases by conducting them securely online. [Johnson Dear Colleagues Letter, 7/22/11] Reduced District Offices from Five to Three In January 2011, Johnson said he would keep only three district offices open, compared to the five offices previous sixth congressional Rep. Charlie Wilson held open. Johnson said he is considering a “mobile office,” a recreational vehicle to travel through the 300-mile long district. [Youngstown Business Journal, 2/01/11] Voted with Boehner 93% of the Time

According to The Vindicator, during his first 13 months in office, Johnson has voted with speaker Boehner 93% of the time. [The Vindicator, 2/13/12] Previously Criticized Wilson for Voting with Pelosi During the 2010 campaign, Johnson criticized former Rep. Wilson as a “Washington insider” pointing to his record of voting about 98 percent of the time with Pelosi. When asked the difference, Johnson said his record “shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone because we came into the House of Representatives with a mission and a vision to stop the out-of-control spending and to pass jobcreation legislation. That’s the type of legislation the speaker supports and I support.” [The Vindicator,
2/13/12] Ranked 16th Most Conservative by National Journal 2011 National Journal ranked Johnson as the 16th most conservative House Member with a score of 84.5 (100 = most conservative). Fifty-three members rank ahead of him, however many of them share scores resulting in multiple ties. [National Journal, 2/23/12] Called Charlie Wilson a “Career Politician”

In February 2012, Johnson called Charlie Wilson’s assertions “absolutely laughable” According to The Review, Johnson said “Wilson was a career politician for 16 years who voted for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi's policies. That included the stimulus bill which Johnson said killed more jobs than it created, the bailouts and the health care law, which he criticized for placing the health care of our seniors at risk.” [The
Review, 2/27/12] Called Claim That He Contributed to Gridlock “Laughable” In March 2012, Johnson said claims that he had contributed to gridlock by voting the party line were “laughable.” [WYTV, 3/07/12] Endorsed Mitt Romney for President In 2012, Johnson endorsed Mitt Romney for President. He cited Romney’s plan for economic growth as a deciding factor. [WTAP, 3/13/12] But Admitted he Would Support Any of the GOP Candidates Johnson said “I could actually support any of the candidates because any of the candidates, whether it’s Governor Romney, Senator Santorum, or Ron Paul. All of their policies are better than what we have today.” [WTAP, 3/13/12]

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Second Amendment Rights
Said He is Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Traditional Marriage In February 2012, Johnson said “I'm also a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage conservative who stands up for the values of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio,” [Herald Star, 2/28/12]

Social Security and Entitlement Programs
Said He Would Not Support SS, Medicare Cuts for Those at or near Retirement In August 2011, Johnson said, "I will not support any cuts to Social Security and Medicare for current seniors and those within 10 years of their retirement.” [Salem News, 8/23/11] Said He Supports Privatizing Social Security In January 2011, Johnson suggested he supports privatizing Social Security while maintaining the original system for those who have already paid into it. He said he favors citizens administering t heir own Social Security pension plans and managing the investment that fund them in the same manner that former President George W. Bush had proposed in 2004. Johnson said, “I think I’m more qualified to invest my money than the government.” [Youngstown Business Journal, 2/01/11] Said Ryan Budget Medicare Cuts Would Not Start until 2022 and Won’t Affect the Current System In April 2011, Johnson emphasized that the 2012 Paul Ryan budget’s Medicare reforms would not begin for another 10 years and would not affect the current system. [Human Events, 4/23/11] Promised to “Strengthen and Protect” Medicare In February 2012, Johnson promised to “strengthen and protect” Medicare. [Herald Star, 2/28/12] Promised to Fight for Social Security In February 2012, Johnson said “I will also continue fighting to ensure that Social Security will be there for our seniors as well.” [Herald Star, 2/28/12]

Stem Cells Tax Issues
Advocated for “Flatter” and “Fairer” Tax Johnson advocated for a bill that would “repeal the current tax code and replace it with a fairer, flatter and simpler one with lower rates for all Americans.” [Herald Star, 2/28/12]

Tea Party

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Voted with GOP Leadership and Boehner 98 Percent of the Time – More than Wilson’s 97 Party Line Vote In May 2011, Congressional Quarterly magazine analyzed the voting record of Johnson who sided with his own party 98 percent of the time despite having criticized former Rep. Charlie Wilson's 97 percent ratio of voting with Pelosi. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/09/11]

Transportation Issues Veterans’ Issues
Introduced Bill that Would Give Boost to Veteran-Owned Businesses In February 2012, Johnson introduced a bill that would move veteran-owned businesses closer to the front of the line when seeking contracts from the Veterans Affairs Department. Under current procedures, veteran-owned businesses rank eighth in priority for contracts. They would rise to sixth under Johnson’s bill. [Army Times, 2/21/12]

Women’s Issues
Said He is Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Traditional Marriage In February 2012, Johnson said “I'm also a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage conservative who stands up for the values of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio,” [Herald Star, 2/28/12]

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