December 10, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Budget Deal

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Budget conference committee, released the statement below regarding the budget agreement announced today by Chairmen Patty Murray (D-WA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI):

“I commend Chairman Murray for completing the difficult task of coming to a budget agreement with House Republicans. To be sure, this is not the deal any of us had hoped for.  Republicans refused to end a single special tax deal or to maintain extended unemployment benefits, and allowed only partial relief from the devastating sequester cuts.  That said, this deal will allow Congress to return to regular order and away from Tea Party brinksmanship, and allow appropriators like Jack Reed to pursue sensible priorities within this budget.”


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