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January 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Patty Murray and Paul Ryan agree Seahawk Russell Wilson rocks

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray both like Wisconsin Badger-turned Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. (Courtesy of Murray's office.)

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray both like Wisconsin Badger-turned Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. (Courtesy of Murray’s office.)

WASHINGTON — They forged the first bipartisan federal budget plan since 2009. Now Patty Murray and Paul Ryan found another common ground: they both like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Murray, a Washington Democrat, on Friday presented the Wisconsin Republican with Wilson’s autographed jersey ahead of the Seahawks’ playoff opener Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson played football for a season with the University of Wisconsin after transferring from North Carolina State University.

In December, Murray and Ryan, who chair the budget committees for the Senate and the House, respectively, helped reach an agreement on a budget blueprint that sets top-line spending limits for this and next fiscal years.

Ryan, a fiscal conservative, and Murray, a liberal and a champion appropriator, disagree about spending cuts, Medicare reforms and a host of fiscal issues. But they’re both on the record as Wilson fans.

Ryan’s latest stab at bipartisanship may have been made easier by the fact that Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the playoffs last week.

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