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McCollum: Bipartisan Budget Agreement Is a Compromise that Deserves Broad Congressional Support

December 11, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan budget conference committee compromise on the FY2014 and FY2015 federal budgets.

“This budget agreement is a bipartisan compromise which puts the needs of the country ahead of the politics of shutdown and governing by crisis.  Sequestration is blunted, cuts to mandatory programs that serve children, seniors, people with disabilities, and vulnerable families were avoided, and regular order in the appropriations process will be reestablished. All of this means stability for our military, the economy, and families.

It has been hard finding common ground between progressive Democrats and Tea Party Republicans at the negotiating table.  This deal is funded in part by a new airline passenger tax and squeezing more out of federal employees, which I don’t like.  But it avoids the prospect of another government shutdown and brings rationality and stability back to the federal government.  It has my strong support.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.  She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.