Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) took off the gloves to deliver a blow to her fellow homestate Republican, Sen. Ron Johnson, just weeks before the midterms, accusing him of trying to bring women “back to 1849” and gut them. Social Security and Medicare.
Legislators from the same state typically observe ceasefires, particularly so close to an election, so they can work together in the legislature. But Baldwin took the opportunity to attack Johnson after he voted against a permanent resolution to keep the government running while lawmakers craft a long-term spending package. (The interim funding bill passed and President Joe Biden signed it into law on Friday with only 11 hours to spare, meaning funding is now secure until mid-December).
“My colleague from the Wisconsin Senate voted last night against moving forward to fund government, keep government open, and prevent an unnecessary government shutdown,” Baldwin said at a Senate Democratic leadership news conference Wednesday as leader of the Senate. Senate majority Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) was close.
“Senate Republicans like my Wisconsin counterpart have proposed end, cut and put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block with every budget every year,” he said.
Baldwin also criticized Johnson for labor erase Women’s reproductive rightssaying he and other Republicans have “allowed and continue to support taking women back to 1849…and keeping them there without the right and freedom to make their own personal decisions about their bodies, their health and their families.”
After the United States Supreme Court threw out Roe v. Wade and his half-century legacy of guaranteeing abortion rights in June, Wisconsin reverted to an 1849 statute that prohibits abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
Baldwin concluded, “Let me close by saying that whether it’s Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, drugs, reproductive health care, we’re making it clear to the American people who’s on their side and who’s not.”
Johnson said Thursday that he was not surprised that Baldwin attacked him.
He is widely considered the most vulnerable Republican senator in the midterm elections. A life-size sculpture of Johnson made from cow dung is currently touring Milwaukee as part of a protest against his claim that climate change is a “lie.”