Ron Johnson used tax dollars for trips from Florida to the Capitol

US Senator Ron Johnson has been using taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of flights between a family vacation home in Florida and Washington, D.C., including nine such trips last year, federal records show.

Democrats say the Republican millionaire’s expense is a waste of public money because they say the trips have nothing to do with his official job representing Wisconsin at the US Capitol.

But Johnson officials say these are legitimate expenses that have all been approved by the Senate Rules Committee.

“The senator has always gone above and beyond to abide by Senate rules,” said Alexa Henning, a spokeswoman for Johnson. He was never reimbursed for his travel to visit his family in Florida but was reimbursed for his return on an official mission to Washington, D.C.

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