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Roskam on Bloomberg: Budget Deal a Step in the Right Direction

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Location: Washington, DC

This evening, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock" with Peter Cook to discuss the budget agreement forged by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray.

To watch the video, click here or the image below.

Budget Agreement Deal Cuts the Deficit, Doesn't Raise Taxes

"It's an incremental step in the right direction. It offers deficit reduction, it doesn't raise taxes, and probably most importantly it finally breaks into this idea of dealing with mandatory spending, which as we all know, mandatory spending is the real driver. I think from a Republican point of view those are very attractive features and I think a lot of our Members are looking at it and are favorably disposed to it."

In Divided Government, This is a Step in the Right Direction

"Let's try and take a step in the right direction in divided government. And the only way you can do that is to find common ground where you're not asking anyone to violate core principles. And that's exactly what this does."

This Agreement Provides Stability and Certainty to American People

"What you get out of this is two years of stability, which is a huge percentage from the American public. There's no percentage for anybody in having to wonder about countdown clocks and all kinds of drama that come out of this town. So there's a premium to be paid for stability."

Now We Can Move Forward to Tackle Our Nation's Toughest Spending Problems

"What we're concentrating on is what is in this bill. The prospect of keeping the government open and manageable for two years, deficit reduction, not raising taxes and finally breaking into the mandatory or entitlement spending of this equation."

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