NORTHEAST WISCONSIN - Wisconsin's elected officials didn't all vote as you might expect them.
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Representative Tom Petri, R-Wisconsin, voted no, along with many Republicans.
Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, sided with Democrats to vote yes.
Republican Representative Reid Ribble, R-Wisconsin, also voted for the measure.
Now that Congress has approved the deal, will there be any political fallout for members of our state's congressional delegation, and the two parties as a whole?
"I have no concerns about my political future," said Sen. Johnson.
Johnson says that's because the GOP is willing to take the political risk to solve the country's debt and deficit issues.
"What I told the president is, please take advantage of that opportunity. He's going home in 2017, I'd be happy to go home in 2017 having solved these problems," Johnson said.
"Depends entirely on what Congress does next," said Sen. Baldwin.
Baldwin says if lawmakers do their jobs, the negative fallout will lessen over time.
"But if we return to this governing by crisis - crisis to crisis governing - the wrath of the American people will be out there, and I agree with it completely," Baldwin said.
Local Democratic Party organizers say it's the fragmented Republican Party that is most in trouble.
"Democrats have aligned themselves with the president to try and get the government working again, and to get things to happen, so I think they took a good stand. I don't think that they're going to be as affected by it as the Republicans," said Bob Kiefert, CEO of the Green Bay Progressive.
Republican strategists tell FOX 11 the political impact won't last long for the GOP, because the real decisions still need to be made. And that's what's going to affect next year's election.
"How they're going to address the massive deficit that we have in this country, and how they're going to fix the fiscal problems in Washington, and if anything, is going to be done about the Affordable Care Act," said Republican strategist Mark Graul.
A Gallup Poll from earlier this month shows approval ratings for Congress at 11 percent. Yet, the re-election rate for federal lawmakers tends to be high.
"Typically, about 90 percent of incumbents win," said David Wegge, a political science professor at St. Norbert College.
However, Wegge says that's changing.
"There's more and more people who are saying, you know, I'm not even sure I want my own member re-elected, and those numbers have changed pretty dramatically over the past three or four years," Wegge said.
How quickly would any change happen in our area? Looking ahead to the next election - both Republican House members, Reid Ribble and Tom Petri, will be up for re-election next year. Senator John will face re-election in 2016, and Senator Baldwin in 2018.
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