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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Ribble only Wisconsin Republican to support deal on budget, debt ceiling

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and all but one of Wisconsin’s House Republicans voted against the deal to reopen the federal government and lift the debt ceiling.

U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, joined U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and Dem U.S. Reps. Ron Kind of La Crosse, Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and Mark Pocan of Madison in support of the deal. It passed the House 285-144 with all no votes coming from Republicans.

Ribble said he had reservations about the legislation, but decided to support it to give Congress 90 days to work out a path forward on the country’s long-term budget to “end the nonsense of continuing resolutions.”

“The debate over the last few weeks was the result of a non-functioning budget and appropriations process,” Ribble said after the vote. “The bill tonight is intended to fix that. It calls for a conference on the budget and provides for a normal appropriations process. This is something I wholeheartedly support. In my three years in Congress this will be the first time this has happened.”

The Senate approved it 81-18. Johnson called the deal “fiscally irresponsible,” while U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, called it a missed opportunity because it does not help reduce the debt.

“In my judgment, this isn’t a breakthrough. We’re just kicking the can down the road,” said Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee.

But Kind said the deal ensures “America will not become a deadbeat nation.”

“We just can’t afford to allow any more damage to our economic growth and job creation because of congressional dysfunction,” he said.


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