December 12, 2013

Cole 'pleased' with budget deal

James Bright
The Express-Star


Congressman Tom Cole made supportive comments about a two-year budget deal reached late Tuesday that would avert another government shutdown.

“I am very pleased by the proposal unveiled by Chairmen Paul Ryan and Patty Murray,” said Cole. “By leading and working together, they have proven that, despite inevitable differences and sometimes-conflicting priorities, we can find common ground.”

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 sets overall discretionary spending at $1.012 trillion, which includes $63 billion in sequester relief and $85 billion in other savings, including mandatory savings and non-tax revenue.

 It also includes a short-term “doc-fix” that prevents most cuts to Medicare reimbursements.

“Hardworking American families desperately want their government to stop budgeting by short-term, continuing resolutions or refusing to talk at all,” said Cole. “When I remember the pain caused by the recent shutdown, I am encouraged that this conference was able to reach a deal that finds real savings, eases sequester and brings down the deficit.”

Cole said this deal shows bi-partisan policy creation is possible for the betterment of the United States.

“We must continue finding common sense reforms that improve our economic outlook, bring down the deficit and provide a better future for our children and grandchildren. This budget deal is proof that is still possible,” he said.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation later this week.