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Congressman Denny Heck

Representing the 10th District of Washington

Statement on House Passage of Murray-Ryan Budget Deal

Dec 12, 2013
Press Release

Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) has released the following statement on House passage of the Murray-Ryan budget deal:

“The bipartisan budget deal passed by the U.S. House today is not perfect. However, it will provide needed stability for the U.S. economy and the federal government for at least the next two years. It will finally take us off the hamster wheel of economic crisis after economic crisis. That’s something that must happen if we want to boost job growth and get our economy growing again.

I like that the Murray-Ryan deal includes significant relief from sequestration. That’s important for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the thousands of civilian workers who were furloughed earlier this year due to sequestration cuts. It’s also important for vulnerable people and families who utilize services like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, both of which were scaled back due to sequestration. I also like that the deal reformed the cap on the salaries that can be paid by federal contractors to employees working on government contracts. That’s a commonsense provision that will save taxpayers money.

I don’t like the modifications that were made to federal civilian and military retirement benefits. Our service members, military families and civilian workers serve our country admirably and deserve to have financial security when they end their public service.

I want to commend our state’s senior U.S. Senator, Patty Murray, for her hard work putting this bipartisan compromise together. Our state has relied on her steady, solid leadership for more than twenty years. Her willingness to negotiate and compromise in good faith should serve as a model for all Members of Congress next year and into the future.”