UPDATE: Baldwin says another shutdown can be avoided

UPDATED Tuesday, October 22, 2013 --- 3:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she "certainly" believes that another federal government shutdown can be avoided.

Baldwin toured a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab on Tuesday and was participating in a discussion with faculty and others about the effects that the latest government shutdown and sequester has had on funding for research.

Baldwin and Wisconsin's other senator, Republican Ron Johnson, have been named to a special budget conference committee designed to come up with a budget compromise by Dec. 13. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Janesville, is the panel's co-chair.

Baldwin says she thinks it is very unlikely there will be another shutdown. She says the committee needs to work out a path to stop the government going from one crisis to another.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2013 --- 1:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he is going to do everything he can to avoid another federal government shutdown.

Both Johnson and Wisconsin's other senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, have been named to a special budget conference committee designed to come up with a budget compromise by Dec. 13. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Janesville, is the panel's co-chair.

Johnson said in an interview Tuesday that Republicans and Democrats can't even agree on what the size of the problem is that they face. But he says hopes both sides can work together to find a solution.

Baldwin was scheduled to tour a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab on Tuesday to tout her support for federal funding to pay for research and development work like that done at the UW facility.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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