Reichert Statement on Budget Passage
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.J. Res. 59 – the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday evening. After its passage, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:
“I am proud to join my colleagues today in passing legislation that will give Americans the first government budget passed by both houses of Congress since 2009. While there is still much work to be done to truly get our financial situation in order, the bill is a positive step in the right direction.
“The agreement takes decisive action to reduce the deficit, eases the impact of the sequester, and places no new tax burdens on the American people. Instead of the indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts of the sequester, the bill eliminates waste, fraud, and abuse in current government programs. For example, the bill includes provisions from the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, which I chair, that would improve the collection of unemployment insurance overpayments and take steps to make sure that inmates aren’t receiving government benefits while in jail.
“Additionally, it gives stability to the budget and appropriations process by removing the threat of a government shutdown on the horizon. This will allow us to move forward and address other critical issues such as the need for comprehensive tax reform and immigration reform, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on those issues.”
The budget passed the House by a vote of 332 to 94 and will reduce the national deficit by $23 billion and provide $63 billion in sequester relief.