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Wis. members react to White House budget proposal

Wisconsin members of Congress split along party lines in their reactions to White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014.

But each expressed reservations about the proposed document, which President Obama dubbed "a fiscally responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth" during remarks at the White House today.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan called the proposal a "disappointment," charging that it "takes more from families to spend more in Washington."

"By defending the status quo, they’re letting critical programs like Medicare wither on their watch," the Janesville Republican said in a statement. "They’re cementing record poverty and high unemployment into place."

Ryan's Dem counterpart on the Budget Committee, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, praised the budget for initiatives to grow jobs, saying "the best way to reduce our long-term deficit is to get people back to work."

"However, while I respect the president’s desire to achieve a comprehensive and bipartisan budget proposal, I cannot support decreasing Social Security benefits to those just getting by, especially in the years when they need it most," Pocan, of Madison, added.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, responded that he was "glad he's starting to take a look at Social Security," but that the president "doesn't put us on a glide path to actually live within our means."

And U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, said a budget "that never balances is irresponsible and is not the solution the American people are looking for."


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