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Baldwin, Johnson vote in favor of federal budget

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Both of Wisconsin's U-S senators voted in favor of the two-year federal budget compromise that easily won final approval on Capitol Hill yesterday. The vote was 64-to-36 to send the package to President Obama.

Wisconsin's Ron Johnson was one of just nine Republicans to vote yes, joining Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Obama called the budget quote, "a good first step away from the short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making that has only served to act as a drag on our economy."

House Budget chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville and his Senate counterpart Patty Murray hammered out the deal. It restores $45-billion in automatic federal spending cuts ordered last March in popular areas like defense. The reductions will be paid for with other spending cuts and fee increases. The package also includes $23-billion in deficit reductions over a 10-year period -- something the bill's opponents said may never happen.

All 36 no votes came from Republicans. Johnson said he wished the automatic sequester cuts would have stayed in effect, but he said it's important to stop the threat of future government shutdowns. Baldwin said the deal is not perfect -- but it does protect investments in research, innovation, and education.