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.
"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."