Today’s Vote a Reminder: Senator Feingold Sold Wisconsin Farmers, Businesses and Families Down the River Long Ago

Today’s Vote a Reminder: Senator Feingold Sold Wisconsin Farmers, Businesses and Families Down the River Long Ago

Ron Johnson votes to overturn president’s veto of legislation stopping EPA overreach; Senator Feingold laid groundwork for it years earlier

The Ron Johnson campaign released the following statement on Senator Feingold’s role in pushing EPA overreach as early as 2009, following Democrats today blocking an attempt to overturn the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule that will strangle family farms in red tape and kill jobs in Wisconsin:

“Ron Johnson is standing up for Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers and families against EPA overreach, and today’s vote is a reminder that Senator Feingold sold them down the river long ago,” campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “It was Senator Feingold who during his 18 years in Washington championed a similar proposal to the EPA’s burdensome water rule, which today stands to let the federal government regulate small ponds, ditches, and creeks on private property – affecting 92 percent of the land in Wisconsin and driving up costs.”

Background:

  • Ron Johnson has repeatedly voted against the “Waters of the U.S. rule” in the U.S. Senate, including today when he voted in favor of overturning President Obama’s veto of legislation that would have stopped it.
  • As chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ron has demanded answers on the EPA’s overreach. He even held a field hearing in Stevens Point on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 to examine how these regulations would impact Wisconsin.
  • Senator Feingold is not only in support of more EPA overreach – he helped lay the groundwork for these very regulations by championing a similar proposal in the U.S. Senate as early as 2009.