U.S. Sen. Johnson to vote no on budget deal

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) – Wisconsin’s newest US senator says he’ll vote “no” to the budget deal struck last Friday that averted a government shutdown.

Republican Ron Johnson says the agreement does not go far enough to cut federal spending and quote, “We must do better.”

The deal cuts appropriations in the current fiscal year by 40-billion dollars. But critics questioned the use of accounting tricks to achieve the figure, and Johnson asked whether the proposed cuts are real.

He said the size-and-scope of the federal government must be reduced in order for the economy to get moving again – and hard spending caps are the first step.

After that, Johnson said the government must re-examine its priorities with less spending. And he said a constitutional amendment would be the best way to achieve that.