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U.S. House to vote on Ryan budget agreement Thursday

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) departs after a news conference by U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republican House members in
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) departs after a news conference by U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republican House members in

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. House is expected to vote Thursday on the federal budget agreement crafted in part by Janesville's Paul Ryan.  

Most of Wisconsin's other House Republicans are not on board with the plan as of now.  

Ryan, the House budget chair, worked with his Democratic Senate counterpart on a two-year package announced late Tuesday. It would cut federal spending by an extra $20 billion above previously-intended levels, while backing off on some of the sequestration budget cuts for domestic and military spending.  

There are also new revenues that include fee hikes.  

Sean Duffy of Weston was the only Wisconsin House Republican to publicly praise the new package. He said it would provide certainty to families and businesses, and break the congressional gridlock over the budget.  

House Republicans Reid Ribble, Tom Petri, and Jim Sensenbrenner did not comment, and neither did Democrat Gwen Moore.

Democrat Ron Kind called it a fair but not perfect bargain. Democrat Mark Pocan was disappointed that it does not prevent federal jobless benefit money from expiring this month.  

On the Senate side, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson said he agreed with Ryan's goals to prevent future government shutdowns. Johnson believes Ryan got the best deal he could, but he has concerns he'll want to address.  

Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin said the deal's not perfect, but it will end, "this destructive pattern of drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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