Congressional Members Respond To Budget Deal
Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan voted for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11. The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law. While both welcomed the short-term agreement called a “continuing resolution,” they urged Congress to agree to a long-term budget that also ends the devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.
Senator Tom Udall’s Statement:
“I’m extremely pleased that Congress has come to an agreement that prevents a government shutdown. I hope this is a turning point, which will allow us to work together on a responsible long-term budget that gives federal employees and contractors certainty — one that funds crucial priorities such as national security, education, energy and our environment and enables families and seniors to thrive. The people of New Mexico want us to stop governing from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis and start working for them. That means no more threatened shutdowns and an end to sequestration budget cuts. New Mexicans work hard, and many are still struggling to recover from the recession. They are eager for solutions, and they are tired of these political games that threaten jobs and weaken our economy. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will keep working to get us back to bipartisan budget agreements that make smart investments and meet the real needs of American families.”
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan’s statement:
“Today’s vote prevents another Republican shutdown by funding the government until December; however it lays the groundwork for another shutdown if House Republicans do not finally come to the table and negotiate a budget that helps our economy grow.
“The last government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion and 120,000 private sector jobs, while workers were furloughed and veterans’ disability claims were stalled. The threat of another shutdown has caused needless stress for people in our communities and uncertainty for small businesses that work with the federal government. New Mexicans and the American people cannot afford the dysfunction of a Republican Congress that has proved themselves unable to govern, lurching from one manufactured crisis to another. It’s time for them to do their job so we can help hard-working people get ahead and stay ahead.”