Johnson backs Murray-Ryan budget deal

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Sunday said he would support the budget deal negotiated by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and her Republican House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

“Funding the federal government through successive continuing resolutions is a bad idea that only results in greater inefficiencies, waste and economic uncertainty. It is a practice that should end,” the Tea Party-backed senator said in a statement. “The budget deal struck by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray is no ‘grand bargain,’ but I credit Paul with understanding that a grand bargain is not possible at this point in time.”

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“This is a limited agreement that prevents government shutdowns through fiscal year 2015 that would hurt economic growth and new job creation. It also provides executive agencies and congressional committees the opportunity to prioritize spending and eliminate duplicative programs – which is long overdue,” Johnson added.

“Although I disagree with a number of provisions in the bill, on balance the good outweighs the bad. As long as the Senate does nothing to worsen the bill, I intend to support it,” he said.

No Senate Democrat has yet publicly voiced their opposition to the deal, which is expected to come up for a vote on Tuesday.

“We will need about eight Republicans to come our way. I feel we’ll have a good strong showing from the Democratic side,” Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), the second-ranking Senate Democratic leader, said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn (Texas), who both face Republican primary challengers next week, have signaled they will vote against the bill.