Today, the Senate Budget Committee passed the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 by a vote of 12-10 with the support of all the Democrats and Independents on the Committee. The budget resolution now proceeds to the Senate floor.
Chairman Patty Murray released the following statement following the vote:
"The pro-growth budget plan we advanced today takes the balanced and responsible approach to our fiscal and economic challenges that the American people expect and deserve.
"This budget reflects the values and priorities of the vast majority of the American public who believe we should put jobs and the economy first, tackle our debt and deficit responsibly, and keep the promises we've made to our seniors, veterans, and families.
"The Senate budget takes a very different approach than the plan proposed by House Republicans. Their budget doubles down on the policies the American people rejected last election. It would be devastating for the middle class and the economy, it would dismantle Medicare and the programs families depend on--and it would do all that while protecting the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations from paying their fair share. The House Republican plan is anything but balanced, and it's anything but fair.
"Despite the significant differences in the approaches we have taken, I am hopeful that we can work together toward a balanced, responsible, and bipartisan deal. It won't be easy, but the families we represent are looking to us to move past the gridlock and dysfunction that is hurting our economy and costing jobs.
"I want to thank my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work as we put this budget together with a lot of input from outside the Committee and from members of the public across the country."