Sen. Johnson Says He'll Support Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

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Monday, 16 Dec 2013 09:01 AM

By Lisa Barron

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says he will support the bipartisan budget bill negotiated by fellow Badger State legislator Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

"The budget deal struck by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray is no 'grand bargain,' but I credit Paul with understanding that a grand bargain is not possible at this point in time," the tea party-backed senator said in a statement Sunday, reports the Huffington Post.

"Although I disagree with a number of provisions in the bill, on balance the good outweighs the bad. As long as the Senate does nothing to worsen the bill, I intend to support it," he added.

The move comes just a few days after Johnson called the bill "more of a Patty Murray budget," arguing it did not offer long-term solutions.

"The real problem is President Obama and Democrats in the Senate and House, they don't want to fix the long-term problems," Johnson told MSNBC last week. "That's the situation Paul was in, trying to negotiate something. I don't want to shut down the government. They do enough harm to our economy. We don't need to do shutdowns to increase the plan," he said.

Meanwhile, no Senate Democrat has publicly stated opposition to the deal, while GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn of Texas, both of whom face challengers in next year's primaries, have indicated they will vote against it, reports The Hill.

The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate Tuesday.

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