Wis. Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden rips Johnson for voting against infrastructure bill

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WESTBY, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden of Westby berated U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Thursday for voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which the Senate passed Tuesday
Voting against the $1 trillion measure amounted to an abandonment of Badger State farming communities, Von Ruden said during a video press call with other farmers discussing the bill.
The legislation includes funding to repair roads and bridges, invest in clean water infrastructure and expand high-speed internet — all of which are key issues for farmers, said Von Ruden, who owns a 50-cow organic dairy farm near Westby.
Alleging that the Wisconsin Republican often votes no on issues that could help Wisconsin farmers, Von Ruden said, “It would be nice if Senator Johnson would really look at what his votes are doing to the state of Wisconsin.”
The infrastructure bill provides “the support we need to help our farms and businesses grow and be better equipped to provide for our families and communities,” Von Ruden said.
“Ron Johnson was soundly against even discussing what this bill could do for the agriculture sector in our state and is clearly in Washington to serve himself and those who can pay to play,” Von Ruden said.
Infrastructure in the Upper Midwest is nonexistent or inadequate to meet farmers’ needs in transporting goods, he said.
And recent storm damage to roads and bridges in the region highlights the importance of infrastructure to farming communities, he said.