December 18, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. House of Representatives on December 12 passed a bipartisan budget agreement that establishes spending levels for the next two years. The legislation passed 332-94, and was the result of negotiations between Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Democrat Patty Murray. Republican Congressman Chris Gibson voted in support of the agreement.
He said, “Since I was first elected three years ago, I have been committed to pursuing policies that grow our economy and put us on a path to a balanced budget. Like American families, local communities, and New York State, a budget is a critical first step in managing revenues and spending. For the first time in five years, our country will have an enacted budget—stopping the cycle of temporary spending measures that continue bad policy and undermine economic stability. Notably, it provides a partial replacement of the sequester—restoring critical funding for domestic priorities and our nation’s military. As someone who served 29 years in uniform, I firmly believe we can save money in defense if we think and act different, and do not try to be the world’s policemen. However, the sequester is not the way to do that—cuts without accompanying reforms harms our readiness, weakens our deterrence, and jeopardizes the lives of our brave service members. At home, the sequester is doing equal harm, hurting priorities like critical medical research, vital social programs, and our local schools.”
“Certainly we have a long way to go, but this agreement is a positive step forward and the result of good-faith bipartisan negotiations. Applying this principle of negotiation to our longer-term challenges has the ability to, in an era of divided government, enact policies that will move our country forward. We can solve the problems before us, and I will be continuing to work with my colleagues—particularly those in the bipartisan problemsolver group, No Labels, to do just that,” continued Congressman Gibson.
Overall, the bipartisan budget agreement reduces the deficit by $85 billion over 10 years and partially replaces the sequester cuts, across-the-board spending reductions made without regard to any set of priorities.