Recently, Feingold attempted to bash Ron Johnson, saying he “hasn’t really tried” to reduce the national debt. Yet in the 90’s Feingold voted multiple times against an effort to amend the Constitution to require Congress to pass balanced budgets.
During a press conference in November of 1992, then Senator-elect Feingold said, “The top of my agenda is the federal deficit, making sure that as we go forward to try to get the country moving again from an economic point of view that we don’t forget that part of that has to be a serious plan to reduce the federal deficit over the next four or five years.”
Yet during his time in the Senate from 1993-2011 the federal deficit climbed $10 trillion. Feingold’s votes didn’t help to stop the debt from climbing.
In 2001, Feingold voted against a concurrent resolution to implement a 10-year budget plan calling for $1.8 trillion in tax cuts. In March of 2007, Feingold voted against paying down federal debt by rating programs’ effectiveness. He voted in favor of a $60 billion stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy in September of 2008. In February of 2009, Feingold voted for an additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. Also, in July of 2009, Feingold voted yes on $192 billion additional anti-recession stimulus spending. He voted against $40 billion in reduced overall federal spending in December of 2005.
In contrast, Sen. Ron Johnson demanded a Balanced Budget amendment in July of 2010. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Johnson was a co-sponsor of the amendment. In the 114th Congress, Johnson co-sponsored S. 333, which demanded a dollar-for-dollar deficit reduction act. The bill required any formal Presidential request to increase the debt limit to include: (1) the amount of the proposed increase, and (2) proposed legislation to reduce spending over the sum of the current and following 10 years by at least the amount of the requested increase.
In July of 2010, Johnson supported limiting federal spending growth to the per-capita inflation rate. In 2011, Johnson supported the Republican-led, and Democratic universally hated “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill.
Senator Ron Johnson is a strong advocate that smaller, fiscally responsible government grows free market an his efforts in the Senate reflects that philosophy. That’s more than can be said for Russ Feingold.