U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) issued the following statement in support of H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:
"While this deal does not include everything I would like it to, it is a step in the right direction and reduces the deficit and does not raise taxes. It helps provide relief for MacDill AFB and other domestic priorities in Central Florida facing across-the-board sequester cuts.
"We haven't passed a budget in five years. We need to stop the destructive cycle of governing crisis-to-crisis and we need to provide certainty to families and businesses across Florida and the country.
"Ultimately, we need to make serious changes to the way we spend the taxpayer's money. This budget is a step toward that goal. I hope that in the coming months the government will adopt a zero-based budgeting system that looks at every department and agency to identify effectiveness and efficiency of all spending items so that we never have to be back at this crisis point."
* H.J. Res. 59 cuts the deficit by $23 billion more than under the current sequester.
* The House/Senate Budget agreement reached a compromise halfway between previously proposed House and Senate budget spending levels, setting Fiscal Year 2014 at $1.012 trillion and Fiscal Year 2015 at $1.014 trillion.
* House and Senate negotiators were able to provide the $63 billion in spending cut alternatives to sequester, split evenly between defense and non-defense cuts, over the course of two years.
* Rep. Ross introduced H.R. 239, the Zero-based Budgeting Ensures Responsible Oversight Act January 2013. This bill requires agency and department managers to justify and approve every line item on their budget each year, rather than just make slight changes to the previous year's budget.