UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin's Ron Johnson was one of 26 Senate Republicans who voted against the federal budget that got final congressional approval yesterday. Seventeen other Republicans joined all Democrats in okaying the $1.1-trillion package.
Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin voted yes to the appropriations designed to keep Washington in business through end of the fiscal year on September 30th.
Johnson says his colleagues must start removing waste from federal programs. He contends that the package includes quote, "phantom spending" with billions-of-dollars in programs that don't appear in the appropriations' documents.
The new budget reflects an agreement endorsed a few weeks ago in talks that included House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville. Johnson said he supported the agreement so Congress could have a chance to prioritize spending -- but that never happened.
Baldwin says the new budget makes quote, "essential investments in economic growth at a time when far too many people in Wisconsin are looking for work." She said the package would help rebuild the economy with new roads-and-bridges, and investments in science, research, and workforce readiness. Baldwin also said Wisconsin will get its own benefits -- like funding for new two littoral combat ships to be built at Marinette Marine.