Today, the House will vote on the House-Senate Budget Conference agreement negotiated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA). After serious consideration, Congresswoman Jenkins released the following statement about the two-year budget proposal:
“I always put Kansans first, and Kansans care about reducing wasteful, Washington spending. With this agreement, we will reduce our long-term deficits over the next 10 years without raising taxes, and these smarter savings will only increase over time. Without this agreement, we will spend more taxpayer dollars over the next decade, even with the current sequester, and face the strong possibility of another destructive government shutdown come January.
“NBAF (National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility), which is critical to Kansas and our national security, will receive $404 million with this agreement, but without it, only $17 million, effectively sending NBAF a stop work notice causing ripple-effects across Kansas. After careful review, this agreement will not solve our massive debt problem, but supporting this agreement, is the only RESPONSIBLE option for the Kansas economy and takes a small step toward getting our fiscal house in order.
“During a time of extreme partisan rhetoric, I am hopeful this agreement shows there are leaders in Congress who can put aside their differences to break through the dysfunction in Washington. I commend Chairman Ryan for not sacrificing our shared conservative principles, and helping our nation reach the first divided-government budget agreement since 1985.”
statements submitted from-Jenkins’s Communications Director, Annie Dwyer