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Johnson: Re-opening government up to president, Senate

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said on Sunday's "UpFront with Mike Gousha" that re-opening the federal government is in the hands of the president and the Senate majority leader.

The freshman Republican said he didn't support the conservative strategy to demand a one-year delay in the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act as part of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, but that he does support the effort to fight the health insurance reform law.

"The power of opening back up the government really rests in president Obama's hands," said Johnson. "The House has backed way off that defund effort, even a one-year delay."

Johnson said Americans should put political pressure on President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He accused Obama and Reid of holding up appropriations bills that would return funding to many parts of the government.

"I think it's done long-term damage to the reputation of everybody in town and to the federal government," said Johnson. "That's not necessarily a bad thing."

The federal government is intrinsically flawed, according to Johnson, and he implored voters to avoid supporting further growth or expansion of federal powers.

"This place, this alternate universe, is broken. It's dysfunctional, it's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, to fix. The best solution is let's not grow it anymore," said Johnson.

The United States faces a $107 trillion deficit over the next 30 years, warned Johnson, citing his own calculations.

He stood behind a comment he made in a radio interview that the nation is "going down the tubes."

"Right now we are going down the tubes, and nobody in a serious fashion is working together to try and solve those problems," said Johnson.


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