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Johnson offers clear viewpoints

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Steubenville, August 23, 2015 | comments
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, made his swing through the area last week, he spoke of a wide range of topics, was very clear about his viewpoints and showed why an experienced hand is important to have in the House of Representatives.
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Steubenville Herald-Star 
Published August 23,2015

When U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, made his swing through the area last week, he spoke of a wide range of topics, was very clear about his viewpoints and showed why an experienced hand is important to have in the House of Representatives.

Johnson visited the editorial board and discussed issues ranging from the Iran nuclear arms proposal to the strangulation of American business and industry by a government bent on being a regulations factory.

On the Iran arms issue, he said the proposal negotiated by the Obama administration fails on many levels, such as not stopping the recognized state sponsor of terrorism from eventually getting a nuclear weapon and not stopping Iran from developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, while providing economic rewards to Iran.

On over-regulation, he said it is frightening to know there are an average of 10 new federal regulations being promulgated every day. That's on top of a 75,000-page tax code.

He is a co-sponsor of an act that passed the House - the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, or aptly called the R.E.I.N.S. Act. Johnson said it would attempt to rein in the expansion of federal regulations by requiring any regulation estimated to cost more than $100 million a year be voted upon before implementation.

And, when it comes to his Eastern Ohio district, Johnson continues to fight for coal jobs amid an increasingly hostile administration effort to stop burning coal for electrical power. He says the EPA seems to have responded to a cut in its budget by 20 percent since 2010 by flexing its muscle to create and collect more fines.

And, Johnson said that while there are good people working for the Veterans Administration, much more must be done to provide responsible care to the nation's military veterans.

He favors opening the tap on liquid natural gas exports as a way for American muscle to return to the international scene, giving the nation leverage in dealing with the world's economy.

Overall, Johnson's growth as a representative as he continues his third term in Congress is impressive. 
He is well-versed, proudly follows his conservative values and looks his constituents in the eye as he explains why he stands the way he does on issues. He doesn't stumble, mince words or turn to his staff to answer questions for him.

Johnson continues to tick all the right boxes for a conservative and fiscally responsible approach to governance. If only the rest of Washington would listen.
 
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