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Ryan sets low expectations for budget talks


UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Janesville House Republican Paul Ryan appears to have low expectations going into the first full round of talks on a federal budget agreement. Ryan is co-chairing a House-Senate negotiating panel formed as part of the agreement which ended the federal government shutdown.

Ryan -- the House Budget chairman -- has been warning people not to expect a grand bargain to end the continuing resolutions which have replaced annual budgets since 2009. He hopes to cut federal spending on the margins, manage expectations, and search for quote, "common ground to see if we can make divided government work." Ryan said he's had productive talks with the panel's other co-chair, Democratic Senate Budget chair Patty Murray -- but he says neither party should expect the other to compromise their widely-different core principles.

All 29 committee members will meet for the first time on Wednesday, including both of Wisconsin's U-S senators -- Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin. They have until mid-December to reach an agreement.