Mar 23 2013
Senate Passes Pro-Growth Budget Plan; Murray Calls for Continued Work Toward Balanced and Bipartisan Deal
Washington D.C.—Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50-49. The Senate Budget puts the economy and the middle class first while tackling the deficit and debt responsibly and keeping the promises made to seniors, families, and communities.
“I am proud of the work we did in the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor to write, debate, and pass a responsible budget plan that puts economic growth and the middle class first. I want to especially thank the many people across the country who shared their stories, ideas, and priorities with us as we put this budget together.
“The Senate Budget takes the balanced and responsible approach to tackling our fiscal and economic challenges that the vast majority of families across the country support. This budget replaces sequestration in a balanced way to protect jobs and the economy. It invests in broad-based economic growth and job-creation. It tackles our deficit and debt responsibly through an equal mix of spending cuts and new revenue raised by closing tax loopholes and ending wasteful deductions that benefit the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations. And it keeps the promises we’ve made to our seniors, families, and communities.
“While it is clear that the policies, values, and priorities of the Senate Budget are very different than those articulated in the House Budget, I know the American people are expecting us to work together to end the gridlock and find common ground, and I plan to continue doing exactly that.
“I spoke with Chairman Ryan after his budget passed the House to congratulate him and continue our conversation about moving this process forward. I am confident that if Republicans join Democrats at the table and are truly ready to compromise, we can get to the balanced and bipartisan deal that the American people expect and deserve.”
Click here to read the full text of Chairman Murray’s speech concluding debate on the Senate Budget resolution.
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