Democratic Party of Wisconsin
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Senator Johnson Still Refuses to Do His Job and Vote on Critical Court Vacancies

For more than 2,300 days he’s stonewalled any effort to confirm a new justice to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

By - Sep 7th, 2016 05:06 pm
Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson

MADISON — Senator Johnson is back in Washington, but that doesn’t mean he’s working. He continues to refuse to do his job and vote on both Merrick Garland and Donald Schott‘s nominations to fill critical court vacancies. Johnson has become a one man wrecking ball when it comes to Schott’s nomination to the 7th circuit court. For more than 2,300 days he’s stonewalled any effort to confirm a new justice to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the longest delay for a circuit court in the country. Johnson, and his obstructionist caucus of extreme Republicans, have made it harder for Wisconsin businesses and families to get their day in court.

So what’s Johnson’s excuse? It’s all a conspiracy of course. In classic Washington fashion Johnson has blamed everyone but himself for the delay. He’s blamed Senator Tammy Baldwin, President Obama, and Russ Feingold. If only Senator Johnson could take some of his own advice. After all, he previously sponsored legislation to speed up the confirmation process. 

“Senator Johnson is playing politics with our nation’s courts, and while it may be popular in Washington, it hurts Wisconsin’s business, farmers and families. Now, in classic Washington fashion, instead of taking responsibility for his obstructionism, Johnson is blaming everyone but Bigfoot,” said Harry Hartfield spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

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