"During the shutdown in October I said we needed to stop governing from crisis to crisis in Congress. The first step to moving beyond this destructive pattern is to pass a budget, and so today I supported this budget proposal that maintains cost savings and cuts the federal deficit without new taxes.
“By passing this legislation, we also will return to a more normal form of budgeting. Instead of jumping to each crisis with short term budgets which hand too much control over to the executive branch, Congress now will be able to work together on rational long-term decisions about where and how American’s tax dollars are best saved and spent.
“While this deal does not include everything I would have liked, in a divided government, working together to solve our country’s problems is a necessity. Congressman Ryan and Senator Murray were able to find common ground without sacrificing core principles. In fact, this deal is the first bipartisan budget reached in a divided Congress since 1986. I am hopeful that this deal will provide momentum to take on bigger issues going forward.”
The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 332-94 and will now move to the Senate.
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