Rep. Ribble breaks with party lines on budget deal

Posted Thursday, October 17, 2013 --- 9:07 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican Rep. Reid Ribble was the only member of Wisconsin's congressional delegation not to vote along party lines on a deal to reopen the government.

All three Democratic House members and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin voted yes on Wednesday's deal, which extends the debt limit and avoids a threatened national default.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson voted no, as did Rep. Paul Ryan and three other GOP congressmen.

But Ribble sided with Democrats. He says there were parts of the bill he opposed, but he was willing to give Congress a chance to work on a proper budget without a looming threat of default.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says the congressional deal also turns negotiations on a long-term budget agreement to a committee that Ryan is expected to co-chair.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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