As co-founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus, Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (D-FL) joined with fellow caucus members to release the following statement in support of the bipartisan budget deal reached by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray to avoid another government shutdown and to provide certainty in the budget process for the next two years. Joining Murphy in sending this statement were Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), David Joyce (R-OH), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Scott Peters (D-CA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), Luke Messer (R-IN), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Grace Meng (D-NY), and Tom Rice (R-SC). (Please find a copy of the statement below).
"It is great to see Congress finally put partisanship aside and come to the middle to compromise. I am pleased to see that the deal reduces the deficit by over $20 billion and replaces much of the misguided across-the-board cuts with smarter cuts. However, the deal could go further and cut more spending along the lines of what I have proposed in the SAVE Acts. Furthermore, I remain concerned that this deal does not address unemployment insurance. Millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Floridians who lost their jobs through no fault of their own will lose their lifeline on January 1st if Congress does not act," said Rep. Murphy. "So while this deal is not perfect, it will provide two years of certainty and stability that is so desperately needed for economic growth. This deal is a positive first step to show the American people that Congress can work together to move our country forward."
United Solutions Statement on Ryan/Murray Budget Agreement
We the undersigned, as Members of the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus, support the bipartisan budget agreement announced late yesterday by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and we urge its rapid passage.
By joining the United Solutions Caucus, we have all shown ourselves to be first-term Members who are committed to working across the aisle to help move our country forward. The Ryan/Murray budget is consistent with that approach.
Passing this budget agreement will provide citizens and businesses certainty about federal spending for the next two fiscal years, a sense sorely lacking of late. It also would partially repeal certain budget cuts, known as the sequester, and replaces them with adjustments in other parts of the government. All of this is done while still reducing our long-term deficit.
No agreement is perfect and there are aspects of the Ryan/Murray budget with which all of us disagree. But, that is what legislating in Congress is all about -- cooperating to achieve an agreement which on balance would improve the lives of the American people. We encourage all Members to support this budget and help us take this step forward, together, in getting our fiscal house in order.