Following an announcement tonight that President Obama and Congressional leaders have reached an agreement to cut federal spending and raise the debt ceiling, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) released the following statement:
"I am encouraged by what I have heard about the agreement so far but reserve judgement until I have had an opportunity to completely review it.
"From all indications, it does appear to be an important first step in finally getting runaway federal spending under control. Even though this agreement, if approved, will allow America to avoid a default on our national debt, we can not avoid the tough decisions which still face us as a nation.
"In many ways, the real work begins now as we start the difficult process of cutting spending even more and reducing our staggering national debt, which is critically important if we are going to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare for today's seniors and for future generations of Americans as well."