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Sen. Ron Johnson talks defense cuts, Obamacare on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel introduced a new military budget that includes lower pay raises for service members, cuts to their housing benefits and an increase in their health insurance co-pays.

Sen. Ron Johnson says he has no problem with pay and benefit reform, but until all federal workers suffer the same fate, he feels the military should hold off on such cuts.

"We can't single out the finest among us, the people that put their lives and sacrifice and defend our freedoms, we can't have those folks be the only people to sacrifice," said Sen. Johnson.

Appearing as the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend, Sen. Johnson says savings can be found elsewhere.
   
"When you have people like the President saying that Medicare only needs modest reforms, I mean, its a program that will cost a trillion dollars in ten years," said Sen. Johnson.  "There's a dollar going in, three dollars going out.  I'm afraid that's a program that needs more than modest reforms."

Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Milton) is also on the program to talk about a Republican attempt to end the state's 127 year-old law to limit foreign investors to buying only up to 640 acres of land.

Pulled out of last year's state budget, the Assembly Committee on Organization has now asked Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen to write an opinion on whether or not the ban violates a federal treaty.

"The Attorney General could deem this unenforceable.  And then this law, this ban, would be lifted.  And who knows what would happen as a result.  I believe that our farmers would get boxed out," said Rep. Jorgensen.

Rep. Jorgensen anticipates a ruling coming from Attorney General Van Hollen in the coming weeks, but a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Justice would not confirm that.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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