"Today's vote was the first step towards trying to resolve the nation's fiscal crisis in a responsible manner. I look forward to working with the White House and Senate to do so.
"It's interesting to note, after almost four years having passed, with an economy that has been struggling, the Senate never acted. It took one week in which their paychecks were on the line and now the Senate is going to step up and do the right thing.
"We welcome them to this debate about the budget of the nation and look forward to making sure we can begin to reduce the mountain of debt that is facing our children."