Russ Feingold talks tax reform and spending cuts

Posted at 8:19 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 21:19:10-04

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Voters are turning their attention to the U.S. Senate race. Democrat Russ Feingold is trying to win back his seat. Republican Ron Johnson is trying to hold onto it.

The battle between Russ and Ron is expected to be a battle over tax reform and spending cuts. Feingold is out with what he's calling his Fiscal Fitness Plan.

Highlights include closing corporate loop holes, implementing the so called Buffet Rule, requiring a minimum tax rate for the wealthy, and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.

"This is a huge ticket item," said Feingold.  "It's a $123 billion over 10 years. I believe we should have the federal government do that. It would lead to lower cost for medicines and frankly Senator Johnson has not come out and indicated that he believes in that kind of fiscal common sense. "

The Wisconsin Republican Party issued a statement saying: "Senator Feingold is desperately hoping Wisconsin voters forgot about his 18-year record in Washington, including 270 different votes in favor of higher taxes," said Pat Garrett with the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

On President Obama's call for an additional 250 special operation troops in Syria, Feingold says the goal needs to be eliminating ISIS leaders.

"If this is an effort to improve that I think it makes sense," said Feingold. "If its just a general commitment of troops to the region I'm not so sure."

The outcome of the Senate race in Wisconsin could help determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Right now Senate Republicans have the advantage.