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Walden backs budget, spending agreement

Published On: Dec 11 2013 02:54:54 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 12 2013 12:25:16 AM CST
Rep. Greg Walden

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.


Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced Wednesday his support for the bipartisan budget agreement offered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.):

“This agreement is not broad in scope, but it’s an important step in the right direction towards reducing wasteful spending and getting the federal government’s fiscal house in order," Walden said.

"It reduces waste, fraud, and abuse, tackles corporate welfare, and reforms programs that have been spending tax dollars on auto-pilot without regular scrutiny. In total, the agreement reduces the deficit by $23 billion without a single penny in tax increases.

“The plan stops government checks from going to ineligible criminals and the deceased. It stops paying bills that dead-beat parents and insurance companies should be on the hook for. A government research program for private energy companies is eliminated. These are just some of the many real spending reductions in this agreement.

“This plan ensures the government will not shut down in January, allowing Congress to remain focused on efforts to grow our economy and reduce the size, scope, and cost of the federal government. While this agreement is an important step, Congress has much more work to do to balance the nation’s budget, just like Oregon families do every month,” Walden concluded

The House is expected to vote on this bipartisan agreement this week, followed by the Senate. For more information on the agreement from the House Budget Committee, please click here.


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