Congressman Bill Johnson issued the following statement tonight regarding the budget deal House Republicans struck with Senate Democrats and the White House:
"House Republicans have fought hard to change the culture in Washington to one that puts a priority on cutting spending instead of increasing it. The measure that Senate Democrats and the White House agreed to shows the real change we're forcing to Washington's status quo. The Washington establishment now understands that we mean business when we say, 'The days of outrageous spending are over.'
"House Republicans have now forced the Senate and the President to accept $78.5 billion in cuts below what President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal as well as an agreement for the U.S. Senate to vote on repealing Democrats' job-destroying healthcare law and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. This has been a fight worth having, and we're going to continue standing strong and making the tough decisions to put our country back on the right economic track to create jobs and begin a real economic recovery."
NOTE: The U.S. House of Representatives will vote tonight on a short-term measure that will keep the government open while the longer budget agreement is written in legislative form. A vote on the full budget measure is expected by mid-next week. Tonight's short-term agreement will include $2 billion in spending cuts. The longer-term budget will fund the government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and includes $39 billion in spending cuts.