Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed the Republican budget resolution to balance the budget in 10 years. The House also passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through September, preserving the sequester spending cuts and avoiding the threat of a government shutdown when the current funding expires on March 27.
"Today's votes mark major progress toward a balanced budget, as well as a return to the regular order under which Congress was meant to operate.
"Passing a budget that balances in 10 years is a significant step that would have been impossible just a few years ago. The American people can now choose between a Senate Democratic budget that taxes more to pay for bigger government, or the House Republican budget based on the principle that taxpayers should not be punished for Washington's irresponsible spending.
"The government funding bill passed by the House and Senate avoids a government shutdown next week, preserves the sequestration spending cuts, and breaks the cycle of chaotic, last-minute negotiations that have characterized previous funding battles.
"If Congress will continue to operate under regular order and stand by tough choices, real debt reduction is possible."