UNDATED (WSAU-WRN) Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators had differing views on a compromise announced in the Senate Wednesday that would end the federal government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling through early next year.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) offered her support for the compromise, saying it “puts us on a path to having negotiations over a budget and bringing us back to an orderly way of getting the peoples’ business done.” Baldwin says “Now is the time for both parties to work together to pass a responsible budget that invests in the middle class, strengthens our economy and reduces the deficit without shortchanging our future.”
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) was among the 18 senators who voted against the bill, saying the government is “going to kick the can down the road again. We’re going to increase the debt burden on our children and grandchildren, without enacting any fiscal disciplines.”
In the House of Representatives the bill passed 285-144, with Wisconsin Republicans Paul Ryan, Jim Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri and Sean Duffy opposing the bill; Republican Rep. Reid Ribble voted yes. Democrats Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan and Ron Kind supported the measure.