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House Passes Budget Agreement in 332-94 Vote

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The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.
 
The 332-94 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are more skeptical. But the Democratic-led chamber appears sure to adopt the measure next week and send it to Obama for his signature.
 
The package was drafted by a congressional odd couple of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The Wisconsin Republican and Washington Democrat found enough compromise to ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. 
 
Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative activists.   (AP) 

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Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which passed the House 332 to 94. The two year agreement would cut the federal budget deficit by $23 billion, while replacing some across the board sequester cuts, particularly to the military, with targeted savings. He released the following statement:

"The status quo in Washington, D.C. is more spending and more government control. This has become as reliable as death and taxes. So when Congress does nothing, the status quo registers as a loss for taxpayers and, most importantly, the nation. In the face of that reality -- the reality of our divided government – there are those who would sacrifice the good on the altar of the perfect. While this budget agreement is not perfect, it is most definitely not the status quo. And that can be counted as a victory for all Americans.

"This two year agreement moves us away from government by crisis and continuing resolutions, where so much of the status quo persists, and back to a legislative framework for reforming federal spending. It cuts the budget deficit by $23 billion without raising taxes at a time when the Senate wanted to increase spending by $1 trillion. It is 100 percent in line with the Budget Control Act deficit reduction numbers and does not end the sequester cuts, but replaces upfront, across-the-board cuts with targeted savings that are both larger and produce additional deficit reduction over the long term. The agreement is also $83 billion below the original Ryan Budget (2010) target for FY 2014.

"The compromise also contains policy victories for those who support responsible and restrained government, including a roll back of the government takeover of the student loan industry and common sense welfare reforms, all while preserving our national defense, which was scheduled to be the only target of January's $20 billion sequester cuts.

"Finally, this represents a start to returning federal policy-making authority to the Congress through the appropriations process. Beyond that, for those who want more perfect reform and debt reduction, you are looking a couple election cycles down the road. More significant budget and spending reform is an elusive prospect with the present dynamic in the Senate and the Obama Administration. I remain committed to balancing the budget and paying off our federal debt, but quite frankly, we are going to need some help from the Senate and the White House to make that happen."

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) voted in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that reduces spending authority by approximately $85.4 billion.

"Today's agreement is an important step forward for getting our fiscal house in order. This budget framework will prevent Congress from continuing down the path of crisis-driven budget management that weakens our economy and hurts the middle class," said Horsford. 

"Although this bill is far from perfect, it is a responsible proposal that saves taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing government waste while restoring funding to vital programs hit by draconian sequester cuts.

"I will continue to fight for our federal public employees who are being asked to sacrifice yet again. They have done more than their fair share, and it is time for big corporations to do their part. We cannot balance our long-term budget on the backs of hard-working middle-class families."

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