Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) issued the following statement upon today's House passage of legislation that keeps the federal government funded through the remainder of the fiscal year, averting a government shutdown next week.
"We have a responsibility to the American people to cut our federal deficit and enact a balanced budget," said Upton. "Today's bipartisan agreement ensures essential government services remain operational and builds upon the efforts of the House to reduce spending and replace the sequester with targeted savings. With the government funded through the remainder of the fiscal year, we can focus our full attention on our top priority: supporting the creation of jobs and enacting policies that make our economy stronger and more competitive."
Government operations for Fiscal Year 2013 were funded under a six-month continuing resolution that was enacted on September 28, 2012, and expires on March 28, 2013. Today's continuing resolution (H.R. 933) maintains the $85 billion in sequestration cuts that went into effect on March 1 while granting agencies including the Department of Defense some flexibility to better deal with the sequester. The bipartisan measure passed the House and Senate this week by nearly three-to-one margins -- 318 to 109 and 73 to 26, respectively -- and now heads to the President's desk.