MADISON (WKOW) -- Reaction to the U.S. Senate deal to end the government shutdown and continue paying the nation's debts is receiving a mixed reaction from Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) was never a fan of his party's strategy of shutting down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act, but says he's also no fan of the Senate deal.
"There is no way that I'm going to increase the debt burden on our children and grandchildren and not get at least some additional fiscal discipline, at least some reforms to long-term debt and deficit issues," said Sen. Johnson.
The deal would keep the government funded through January 15th and extend the nation's debt limit until February 7th. It would also call for a budget conference to establish long-term spending plans by December 13th of this year. The only language concerning Obamacare in the deal would require income verification for people seeking subsidies when enrolling for health insurance under the exchanges.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2) says this is a deal that should have been reached 17 days ago.
"We're reopening government. We're gonna make sure we pay our debts as a nation and, most importantly now, we have a deal that's gonna have us sit down and put a budget together for this country, which a lot of us have been asking for the last six months," said Rep. Pocan.
Both Johnson and Pocan agree budget reforms are a crucial next step to restoring the legitimacy of Congress.
"I hope that as we talk about a budget we quit just kicking the can and having solutions that last just a few months at a time and really get to doing our job," said Rep. Pocan.
"Until America really starts realizing about how we are committing intergenerational theft, we aren't going to come to terms with these problems and actually start solving them," said Sen. Johnson.
Both say voters should hold them responsible if that doesn't get done.
"I certainly would be frustrated if we just keep doing this every couple months," said Rep. Pocan. "I think it would be disrespectful to the country and I think people should lose their jobs over something like that."
"I wish this strategy would have worked, but it didn't. But I don't want to play shutdown politics," said Sen. Johnson.
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