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Wis. senators named to budget conference

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson will serve on the conference committee charged with presenting a budget compromise to Congress by Dec. 13.

Baldwin, D-Madison, and Johnson, R-Oshkosh -- both members of the Senate Budget Committee -- were listed among the conference members announced by Senate leaders Thursday as a deal to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling moved through Congress.

Johnson said he appreciated his spot on the committee in a statement, saying he "ran for office to do everything I can to help prevent the bankrupting of America."

"My previous discussions with the White House on the debt and deficit have laid the groundwork, I hope, for a successful conference agreement," Johnson said.

On the House side, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan -- chairman of the Budget Committee -- will lead the conference. Ryan, R-Janesville, joined the three other conference leaders -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. -- for a breakfast meeting to kick off the panel this morning.

"We recognize the many differences between the House and Senate budget resolutions and the challenges we face in reaching an agreement," Ryan and Murray said in a joint statement. "But we want to find common ground and work toward a bipartisan deal. We intend to focus on what we can achieve."


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