MADISON (WKOW) -- The congressional deal that ended the government shutdown and avoided a default on the federal government's debt includes a provision that turns over negotiations on a long-term budget agreement to a bipartisan committee.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is expected to co-chair the committee. Ryan, who voted against the deal that ended the shutdown, said the legislation represented a "missed opportunity" to help draw down the national debt.
Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson was appointed Thursday to serve on the committee, as well.
"I ran for office to do everything I can to help prevent the bankrupting of America ... My previous discussions with the White House on the debt and deficit have hopefully helped lay some groundwork for a successful conference agreement," Sen. Johnson said in a statement.
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