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ICYMI: As Wisconsinites Struggle To Make Ends Meet, Sen. Johnson Is More Worried About “Excess Savings”

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February 10, 2021
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ICYMI: As Wisconsinites Struggle To Make Ends Meet, Sen. Johnson Is More Worried About “Excess Savings”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Capitol Hill today, a maskless Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) claimed that Americans should get a smaller COVID relief package, saying that when the pandemic is over, “there is so much pent-up demand, so much excess savings, it’s just going to be bursting forth in economic activity.” He went on to praise Trump’s $2 trillion tax giveaway to billionaires and corporations in 2017, which overwhelmingly benefited the rich at the expense of the rest.
Tax March is fighting to make sure Wisconsinites and all Americans get the relief they need. The #ReliefNOW campaign recently launched with a Super Bowl ad in Wisconsin calling on Sen. Johnson to back full, fast and fair COVID relief, starting with President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion rescue package.
Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint released the following statement:
“Sen. Johnson is rehashing the same failed trickle-down economics that have hollowed out America’s middle class for well over four decades. We are in a crisis and Wisconsinites need relief right now.
During this pandemic, billionaires have added $1 trillion to their wealth while millions of people have been plunged into poverty. Wisconsin’s 8 billionaires were not in crisis when Sen. Johnson voted to give them a massive tax cut, but now, when many of the rest of his constituents are struggling, he is full of excuses. In Johnson’s home state, there are nearly 120,000 people who are receiving unemployment assistance and 360,000 households facing food insecurity. They can’t wait for some mythical floodgates to open so billionaire wealth “trickles down,” they need relief now.”
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