Schrader Opposes Another Short-term Republican Budget Fix
(Provided by office of Rep. Kurt Schrader)
WASHINGTON – Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today released the following statement after House passage of a bill that would continue appropriations into the next fiscal year through December 15, 2013 at current spending levels.
The resolution has a topline discretionary funding rate of $988 billion – a level that includes sequestration cuts and is $55 billion below the Budget Control Act’s agreed-upon $1.043 trillion level for FY2013. By continuing sequestration into FY2014, all federal agencies funded by the resolution will once again face sequester cuts.
“Sequestration was supposed to be a threat to congressional inaction and was never meant to be a serious policy proposal,” Schrader said. “This CR undermines the economic progress we have made since our downturn and especially undercuts the significant health care delivery reforms that Oregon is leading the way in for patient centered, affordable healthcare. I have said it once and I will say it a million times, Congress must pass a long-term debt and deficit reduction package that strengthens our entitlement programs and overhauls our tax system in order to put some revenue on the table, create certainty in the markets, encourage investments in the United States and get our economy booming again.”