Representative Mark Pocan, who represents Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district, spoke with reporters about a variety of issues facing Wisconsinites in his Madison office earlier today.
Congressman Pocan acknowledged the challenges facing Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and touted recent bills in Congress dealing with generic drugs.
“Interestingly, if you have one generic drug [as] competition to a drug, you lower the price 6%. [If you have] two generic drugs you lower the cost 48%, [and if you have] three generic drugs you lower the cost 66%,” Pocan notes.
Congressman Pocan said that while there are no articles of impeachment against President Trump to currently support, he does think the president has committed an impeachable offense.
“I think already we have the information that we were trying to get through the Mueller Report, where the President said he didn’t do something. You have already jumpstarted all of that because you have you have the motive, the crime, the confession, and the evidence, so I think it is a different situation than previously,” he says.
Pocan also criticized Senator Ron Johnson for not notifying colleagues or federal authorities after learning this summer about a potential quid-pro-quo between Trump and Ukrainian officials, and for saying Democrats “loathe” the President.
“I thought I saw a glimmer with Ron Johnson going to do the right thing when he winced at what we all winced at,” Pocan says.
“Since then, it appears he’s drinking the MAGA-red Kool-aid, and now he’s in full defense mode of the President. I mean, I don’t think those comments are helpful, and certainly not accurate. We would love to work with the President on prescription drugs,” he shares.
“That’s an issue area where I still think there’s some room, because if you notice, the President actually tweeted about it and it didn’t get a silly joke, it didn’t get a nickname. It got a “he looks forward to working on it,” which in these days is a thumbs-up I hope, that means maybe there’s some progress, [and] there’s an area we can get something done.”
Regarding an Air Force proposal to house new fighter jets at Truax air field, Pocan says his role in shaping that outcome is limited.
Pocan has been vocal about the plan, and has asked the air force last month to reconsider conducting a demonstration of F-35 take-off and landing to more accurately assess the noise impact of the jets on surrounding communities, as well as to extend the public comment period.
“Some people believe that if I and some other elected officials say we want or don’t want it, it’s going to have an impact. I don’t think it will,” Pocan says.
“However, I do think I have a couple roles [and things] I can do. One is getting the time period extended so more people can get their comments in. Two, I really think it is common sense to have two planes laying side-by-side so that we don’t have to have the misinformation that’s out there. Let’s all have the same set of facts and we can all listen to them instead of trying to read that,” Pocan adds.
“And, third, I’m very concerned about the thousand homes that are going to be incompatible with residential use terms only a government writer could love. If the biggest investment in most people’s lives is going to be their home, and you’re losing the value, which you will I think if you’re living in these mapped areas, at minimum we have to be able to provide people with some assistance on that.”
The new deadline for public comments for the proposal to add the F-35 jets at Truax Field is two weeks from yesterday.