Larson on Budget Deal
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a bipartisan budget deal, H.J. Resolution 59:
“The budget passed in the House tonight is a small step forward for our economy. I am pleased to see some of the harm of the sequester addressed, helping to protect jobs by relieving pressure on Connecticut’s defense industry. The lessened impact on certain domestic programs is also encouraging, along with a temporary patch to the broken SGR formula that will help us avoid large reductions for our physicians at the end of the year.
“These important measures for defense and domestic programs will help thousands in Connecticut and the First District avoid the consequences of another protracted budget debate. It is astounding, however, that during this holiday season, the House will adjourn without at least considering an extension of unemployment insurance. I am extremely disappointed and frustrated that Republican Leadership has refused to help these Americans who, in our recovering economy are now facing cuts in these vital benefits.
“As Members return home this holiday season, they will hear from people who through no fault of their own have found themselves without a job and have now lost their only source of income. I will press that unemployment be taken up in a retroactive manner by both sides of the aisle on our return.
“While it is clear that too much has been left on the table, I hope the overall bipartisan nature of this budget agreement can continue into next year. The major issues we face as Americans are just that: not Republican, not Democratic but American. I look forward to continuing my efforts with Members regardless of party on the issues that impact Connecticut’s First and our nation.”