U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is one of a select few lawmakers who has been appointed to a joint House and Senate budget conference committee charged with developing a long-term budget plan by December 13th.
"I am pleased to be a member of the conference committee, and I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to develop a long-term budget that puts our nation back on a path to fiscal certainty and stability," Senator King said. "Passing a budget is the most fundamental task of governing, and it's not been done for far too long. There is no doubt that reconciling the differences will be challenging, but it's also an invaluable opportunity for us to do some real good for the country and demonstrate to the American people that we still have the ability to govern."
The conference committee, which consists of 29 total members between the House and Senate, is a result of last night's agreement to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The committee is tasked with reconciling the differences between the two budgets passed by the Senate and the House earlier this year. Senator King, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, helped to craft the Senate's budget and has been a vocal proponent of moving to conference.