Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement today in support of the Budget Agreement approved by the House of Representatives.
"This agreement returns the power of the purse to Congress and allows us to take control of the budget process so we can begin to make permanent reforms to mandatory spending that will result in long term savings without raising taxes that President Obama wanted and needs to run his failed programs. It also achieves 100 percent of the Budget Control Act's spending cuts and reduces the deficit by an additional $23 billion.
"Furthermore, the agreement reins in waste, fraud and abuse by ending the permanent extension of unemployment benefits and putting a stop to government payments for prisoners and the deceased. Most importantly for our men and women in our military, the budget agreement will allow Congress and the Pentagon to return to regular order so we can better manage the cuts facing our military so that they will not damage our national security or vital installations like Fort Campbell. In addition, this bill ensures that our seniors will be able to continue to have access to their physicians and the care they deserve."