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Bonamici Supports Bipartisan Budget Compromise

December 12, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today released the following statement on the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act for fiscal year 2014.

“Today I voted for a bipartisan budget package that takes a long overdue first step toward rolling back the devastating sequestration cuts that continue to hurt our constituents.  Like so many compromises, this package includes policies I don’t support, and leaves out some I do. We must find a way to continue providing jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, especially as the unfortunate partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C. has inhibited the strong economic recovery that will put Oregonians and Americans back to work. Also I regret that this bill continues the harmful trend of looking to federal employee compensation as a place to save money; it is especially disappointing that this includes some of our retired service members.  Federal employees are not the cause of our long-term deficit, and they must stop being used as political pawns.

“Despite the shortcomings of this deal, it does several important things: it partially repeals sequestration, allows for continued payments to doctors treating Medicare patients, reduces the deficit, and brings two years of certainty to the federal budget process.  I hope this is a first step toward a more collaborative budget process and an open dialogue on our shared priorities for federal spending.  It is not perfect, and it is not a final solution, but it is a negotiated bipartisan effort that, in the balance, is worthy of support.”