U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski voted for a two-year budget plan crafted to keep the federal government operating and avert the possibility of a shutdown next January.
It’s not perfect, the Republican lawmaker said in a statement after the vote Thursday, Dec. 12. But it’s a starting point.
The measure passed the House in a 332-94 vote and now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
“This deal is not perfect, but it serves as a building block for deficit reduction and long term reforms — without raising taxes,” Walorski said. “Without a doubt, there is still much work to be done to balance the budget, reduce government spending and address tax reform. Moving forward, I will continue reaching across the aisle to get our fiscal house in order to ensure a brighter future for the next generation.”
The plan would fund the federal government through the fall 2015. The deal ending the federal government shutdown last October called for crafting of the proposal, and, if ultimately approved, it would fend off another shutdown next Jan. 15, when federal spending authorization expires.
Walorski voted against the plan to end the shutdown last October citing the absence of spending cuts or budget reforms. She made no reference to that earlier vote in Thursday’s statement.
Indiana’s two U.S. Senators, Republican Dan Coats and Democrat Joe Donnelly, have expressed opposite views on the new budget proposal, cobbled together by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
“While I look forward to reviewing the details, I am concerned that this deal may be another missed opportunity by Congress to make the tough choices needed that will secure our long-term fiscal future,” Coats said in a statement Tuesday. Some conservatives have expressed doubt about the plan, seeking deeper spending cuts.
Donnelly offered a more upbeat assessment in a statement Wednesday.
“I am encouraged that budget negotiators from both sides of the aisle have put together a long overdue proposal that would cut the deficit, provide for two years of budget certainty and prevent another government shutdown that would further harm our economy,” said Donnelly.