Oct 27 2015
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement in support of the bipartisan budget agreement:
“The bipartisan budget agreement announced last night is a much-needed victory for our country and I intend to support it. While not perfect, it will begin to correct the breakdown in our federal budgeting process and provide certainty that the United States will continue to pay its bills through March 2017.
“The sequester budget caps have been absolutely terrible for our country. While I believe sequestration should be eliminated for good, raising the caps by $80 billion over two years is a good first step. Having a static budget is no way to govern a country. The costs of caring for our veterans, improving our infrastructure and providing a safety net for the most vulnerable are all rising. These are essential federal responsibilities, so it only makes sense to increase funds to vital domestic programs.
“Defaulting on our nation’s debt would be catastrophic, so I’m pleased to see bipartisan consensus on allowing an increase in the debt-limit. I hope this agreement will help clarify what the debt-ceiling debate is about: not authorizing new spending, but simply paying for the spending Congress has already approved.
“I hope this agreement can move us past the destructive cycle of continuing resolutions and shutdown theatrics. It’s far past time to fund the federal government in a bipartisan, responsible and forward-looking manner.”