Delaney Statement on Bipartisan Budget Deal
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, December 12, 2013 the House voted to approve the bipartisan, bicameral budget compromise brokered by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The agreement authorizes funding for federal agencies through the fall of 2015, avoiding a government shutdown for the next two years. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the agreement.
Delaney issues the following statement:
“This budget agreement and today’s bipartisan vote was a small step forward, a small step towards a better functioning Congress. Coming from the private sector, I am of the fundamental belief that good policy comes at the intersection of principle and compromise. I believe that it is vitally important to encourage further agreements by supporting this deal.
“We saw this fall what happens when we fail to find common ground: we shut down the government for sixteen days. This was incredibly damaging to the country and was singularly harmful to my district, which is home to thousands of dedicated federal civil servants. This agreement lets our federal workers and our country know that we’re not going to have another shutdown anytime soon.
“This budget doesn’t have everything I believe is in the best interest of the country, including additional job-creating investments in infrastructure, extending unemployment insurance, and providing truly world-class support for science, research, and education so we can stay competitive. We also need comprehensive tax reform, including fixing our broken international corporate tax system. I will continue to fight for these priorities and continue to stand up for our federal workers. However, this deal was better than the alternative, which was more chaos, more uncertainty, and continued inability to focus on the real problems facing the country.
“This bipartisan agreement keeps the government open, meets our national security needs, and positions us to better invest in our future. We still have much to do make our country competitive in a twenty-first century economy, so let’s get to work.”