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ICYMI: Bill Johnson Slams Joe Biden’s Destructive Far-Left Policies on Newsmax

Lowering Fentanyl Penalties & Recklessly Spending $3.5 Trillion Will Devastate U.S.

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) appeared on Newsmax calling to strengthen fentanyl trafficking penalties as the Biden Administration announced plans to lower them. Representing a part of the country where fentanyl has caused great harm, Johnson said that the Biden Administration’s efforts to lower fentanyl trafficking penalties lacked common sense and agreed that the Biden Administration’s plan is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Johnson also highlighted how Bernie Sanders’ $3.5 Trillion budget bill, which will soon be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, is a trojan horse full of far-left priorities like radical-left’s Green New Deal which would effectively end the production and use of coal, oil and natural gas, and destroy the jobs and affordable energy these resources provide. 

John Bachman – Newsmax: Let's talk about this decision by the White House regarding fentanyl. They [Biden Administration] are making its listing as a schedule one narcotic permanent, so I guess that might be somewhat of a deterrent here. President trump did that too. Isn't that a good thing? I mean, doesn't that also help the situation? I'm sure you’re concerned about the other aspect of it, but it's not all bad, right? Rob portman seems to like this. The Senator said some good things about it. 

Bill Johnson: Well, I think, categorizing it as a level one drug is certainly an appropriate thing to do, but I don't think that that alleviates the decriminalization effort that the Administration is pushing for. Look, I live in one of the most drug addicted parts of the country. The opioid and drug crisis here has taken countless lives and has hurt our communities. And when you look at fentanyl - 19 grams of fentanyl can kill 10,000 people. This is a very, very deadly drug. This absolutely does not pass the common-sense test for me. 

John Bachman – Newsmax:
It does seem to be kind of in line with some of the other stuff we hear from the Biden Administration. You look at the headline - they're going to make fentanyl a schedule one narcotic…President Trump did this. But then you look down a couple of paragraphs and you see social justice kind of language get worked into this bill. And that's really a wolf in sheep's clothing. 

Bill Johnson: It absolutely is. Because who is it that's paying the penalty for this? It's the families of those that have become addicted. Those that have overdosed and died from fentanyl. We've had law enforcement officials here in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio that have been exposed to fentanyl during the conduct of their work busting up drug rings. It is a very deadly drug. We should not be relaxing the penalties for that. We should be stiffening the penalties for fentanyl if anything.

John Bachman – Newsmax: Congressman there is something else I want to ask you about and we were just talking to Kash Patel about this. It's some breaking news. It's up on right now. But Newsmax has learned that President Biden has signed an executive order ordering the FBI to release secret documents relating to possible Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks. I wanted to get your reaction to that. 

Bill Johnson: We need to know everything we can know and everything there is to know about the 9/11 attacks. But it's interesting to me. This is more political theater and optics from the from the Biden Administration, because he just put the very terrorist that conducted the 9/11 attacks back in charge in Afghanistan and left thousands of Americans and those that helped us in that 20 year conflict behind enemy lines. And their lives are at risk. This to me is just another example of political theater. Should it be done? Yeah. We should know everything we need to know. But there's so much more that the President should be focused on. He's looking at fentanyl. He's looking at his $3.5 trillion spending deal when he should be looking at how he's going to get the Americans that he left behind enemy lines out of Afghanistan. 

John Bachman – Newsmax: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is now going after Joe Manchin for his ties to the fossil fuel industry. She's looping a lot of stuff in here. But really she's mad because he basically torpedoed her dream of this $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. Manchin is writing in the Wall Street Journal that he thinks democrats should pause on this. I’m sure you agree with him. But here's what AOC tweeted “Manchin has weekly huddles with Exxon and is one of the many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called bipartisan fossil fuel bills. It's killing people our people. At least 12 people last night” [Referring to] the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. But it sounds like she's a little concerned about her wishes going down the tank here. I don't think is going to happen. Is it? 

Bill Johnson: No, it's not going to happen. I certainly hope it does not happen. I am not surprised that she would put out something outlandish like this. After all, that $3.5 trillion package has got major elements of the Green New Deal including the Clean Future Act that puts a moratorium on plastics manufacturing for crying out loud. You can't make electric vehicles - you can't even make wind and solar energy products without plastics manufacturing. They're cutting off their nose despite their face. And none of it makes any sense. I applaud what Senator Manchin is doing.