Tim Johnson Watch

Representative Tim Johnson was elected to represent the residents of Illinois' 15th Congressional District in Central Illinois. His constituents should know what he's doing.

Location: 15th Congressional District, Illinois, United States

A concerned citizen of Central Illinois.

Friday, July 29, 2005

More on Johnson's Anti-Stem Cell Research Extremism

In May, TJW reported on Johnson's vote against the bipartisan stem cell research bill that passed the House. Whether motivated by ideological extremism or fealty to DeLay, the vote was indefensible when millions are suffering from diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, heart disease, and nunerous other ailments that may be helped with stem cells.

In case you thought Johnson's position was somehow just mainstream conservative politics, consider yesterday's statements by Dr. Bill Frist, the firmly pro-life Senate Republican leader:
"While human embryonic stem cell research is still at a very early stage, the limitations put in place in 2001 will, over time, slow our ability to bring potential new treatments for certain diseases," Mr. Frist says, according to a text of the speech provided by his office Thursday evening. "Therefore, I believe the president's policy should be modified." (Emphasis added.)
A lot of people would like to see pro-life and pro-choice politicians finding common ground. I cannot think of a better place to do so than stem-cell research, which offers the promise of saving and improving many lives. I am pleased that Dr. Frist has sought this common ground, and disappointed that Mr. Johnson has chosen to align himself with the most extreme ideologues at the expense of the health of his constituents.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congressman Tim Johnson just announced that he is holding a Town Hall meeting on Monday, August 1 at 6 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center (108 E. Water St. Urbana, IL 61801)! We need all defenders of Social Security to attend this meeting and let Congressman Johnson know that he needs to oppose privatization and benefit cuts! Starting at 5:30 PM, before the meeting begins, we’ll be out in front of the Civic Center with signs and petitions. Join us!

What: Town meeting with Congressman Tim Johnson

When: Monday, August 1, 5:30 PM

Where: Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water Street,
Urbana, IL 60181

This is our opportunity to get Congressman Johnson on the record as to where he stands on private accounts and benefit cuts to Social Security. Our impact at this Town Hall meeting will help decide the fate of President Bush's plan to dismantle Social Security.

If elected officials like Con. Johnson return to Washington, D.C. in September after the congressional recess with stories of the passion and anger from their constituents, the Republican leadership will have a difficult time moving forward with their risky plans to privatize Social Security.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this blog is a joke! Congressman Johnson is about down the middle of the road as you get. Could you tell me one other Congressman in Illinois that is a close to the middle of the road as Johnson? Maybe Mellisa Bean but all other Congressman and Senator in Illinois vote party lines. Johnson is just like John McCain. Both parties don't like both Johnson and McCain because they vote whats best for their district, not down party lines. Everyone on this blog hates Johnson but it could be alot worse!

We could have David Gill has our Congressman. Yes health care is a big issue but it's not the only issue the congress works on like Mr. Gill would like to make you think. If you get Mr. Gill off health care he doesn't know what to say.

I'm not says I always agree with Congressman Johnson because I don't bet you leftwing nuts should be lucky what you got. This district could vote in a very right winger Congressman in and then you would really be screwed!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

"I'm not says I always agree with Congressman Johnson because I don't bet you leftwing nuts should be lucky what you got. This district could vote in a very right winger Congressman in and then you would really be screwed!"

Nothing like reasoned discourse....

Note that your comment is to a post where I am arguing that Johnson should have taken the position espoused by Bill Frist, the _Republican_ Senate majority leader. How does that make me a "left wing nut"? How does it square with your claim that Johnson is "about down the middle of the road as you get"?

10:10 AM  

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