Skip to content
Senator Ron Johnson says it’s not ‘society’s responsibility’ to look after ‘other people’s children’ while opposing childcare subsidies for working parents

 |  Latest News Headlines

Senator Ron Johnson says it’s not ‘society’s responsibility’ to look after ‘other people’s children’ while opposing childcare subsidies for working parents

| Business Top stories | News Today


Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told a local news station this week that he “never really felt it was society’s responsibility to take care of other people’s children.”Samuel Corum/Getty Images

  • Senator Ron Johnson said it was not “society’s responsibility” to “take care of other people’s children”.

  • Instead, Johnson supported cutting unemployment benefits to ease the current labor shortage.

  • He previously said he was “not a big fan” of the child tax credit.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson opposed government efforts to make child care cheaper for parents during a Tuesday visit to Kwik Trip headquarters in La Crosse.

“People make the decision to have a family and to be parents. That’s something they have to consider when making that choice,” Johnson told local Wisconsin TV station WKBT. “I never really felt it was society’s responsibility to take care of other people’s children.”

Speaking to WKBT, Johnson said he did not support government action to help families find childcare options. Instead, Johnson told the news station he would support cutting unemployment benefits to get more people back to work and ease the current labor shortage.

He told WKBT he would support more efforts to help people find jobs that would allow them to support their own families.

Johnson has never been a supporter of child custody legislation.

In May 2021, Johnson noticed on WKOW-TV that he supported cutting Wisconsin’s $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit. During the interview, Johnson pushed back against a suggestion by WKOW-TV host AJ Bayatpour that many women can’t re-enter the workforce because their wages don’t cover childcare costs.

“Unemployment benefits are not meant to provide wage replacement. This was provided during COVID when it was no one’s fault if they lost their job or they were encouraged to stay home so as not to not spread the disease,” Johnson said.

“Wages are set in the market. Companies pay the wages they can afford depending on the competitive situation, whether it’s in a restaurant, whether it’s in manufacturing, where they compete with foreign manufacturers. compared to domestic providers,” added Johnson. “I just have more confidence that the market is setting appropriate wage rates.”

Johnson also admitted he was “not a big fan” of the Child Tax Credit which offers parents up to $3,600 per child.

“In general, I don’t like to use the tax code for economic or social engineering. I think we’re doing a terrible job. I prefer a simple, streamlined tax code that treats all income the same “, Johnson said. noted in response to a question about the child tax credit.

President Joe Biden admitted in January that he was “unsure” whether he could keep monthly checks to parents due to resistance from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to the Build Back Better plan.

Build Back Better has now stalled as Democratic lawmakers try to negotiate with Manchin, one of the plan’s only resisters, whose backing is essential to getting the bill over the finish line in the Senate 50-50.

Read the original article on Business Insider



Senator Ron Johnson says it’s not ‘society’s responsibility’ to look after ‘other people’s children’ while opposing childcare subsidies for working parents

| Local Business News Today Headlines
yahoo-skynews Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.