My Vote on the Bipartisan Budget Act
Today, I voted for and the House passed a bipartisan budget bill which will fund the government through September 30, 2015, lifting some of the harmful sequester cuts and importantly, avoiding another government shutdown. The deepest flaw in the bill is that it does not extend benefits for the long-term unemployed. This is harsh and harmful.
Supplemental unemployment benefits were enacted when the recession hit in 2008 and are still a critical lifeline for 1.3 million Americans who can’t find work. I have voted to extend these essential unemployment benefits several times over the past five years, and I will continue to do everything I can to extend this critical program.
The Bipartisan Budget Act cuts the deficit by $23 billion over the next ten years, as well as funding domestic and military needs. It does not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits and it adds back resources for scientific and medical research. Some fees will be raised but no new revenues have been created by closing tax loopholes. I think this is an opportunity squandered. A full summary of the savings achieved in the legislation is available here.
America has always been composed of rivaling interests, but the spirit of compromise has been woven into the fabric of our country since the highly contentious Constitutional Convention in 1787. While this budget bill does not achieve everything I’d hoped for, it is the responsibility of Congress to produce a budget for our nation, and for a change, compromise was honored.
Should you have any questions or comments, let me hear from you.
All my best,
Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress