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Wisconsin lawmakers react to Senate deal


Wisconsin lawmakers are reacting to the budget deal and vote. But, they say there's still a lot more work to be done.

The bi-partisan bill has gotten both high praise and plenty of criticism from Wisconsin lawmakers and while it was passed in the Senate and House, it wasn't unanimous.

16 days into the government shutdown, Wisconsin lawmakers faced a bi-partisan deal: to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson voted against the measure.

"It's unfortunate that Democrats refuse to acknowledge the problem, it's unfortunate they refuse to work with us in good faith to actually solve the problem," said Sen. Johnson.

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin voted in support of it.

"I had the honor of presiding over the Senate this afternoon and it was the first time in a while where I've felt great hope," said Sen. Baldwin.

The short-term deal funds the federal government through mid-January and extends the debt limit until February 7th.

"They won the political battle, they insisted on basically, increasing the debt burden on our kids and grand kids without doing anything to instill some more fiscal discipline, without enacting any kinds reforms, long term drivers of our debt and deficit," said Sen. Johnson.

"I really think it's a possibility and a bright prospect to break this destructive pattern in Washington of going from one manufactured crisis to the next and that is something that will give greater certainty for the American people, which is exactly what we need to do right now," said Sen. Baldwin.

In a statement, Republican Congressman Sean Duffy voiced his opposition. In the house, he also voted against the deal.

But Democratic Congressman Ron Kind voiced his support.

"It's time to open up our government and get it working again, it's time that we pay our bills as every great nation is expected to," said Rep. Kind.

Despite opposing views, lawmakers on both sides said they must find a permanent solution and soon.

Sen. Johnson said he supports legislation to prevent future shutdowns.

Rep. Kind said he hopes to see both sides working together in the future, to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

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