Chaffetz Supports Budget Deal

Dec 12, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement regarding his vote of the Ryan-Murray budget deal:  

“I voted yes on HJRes 59 for several reasons. While the bill is far from perfect, the benefits of the bill outweigh the costs. First, we avoid another government shutdown. Second, over the next ten years, this budget will reduce deficits by $23 billion ($14 billion if interest is included). Many of the mandatory spending cuts will continue beyond the ten-year budget window, yielding additional savings of $100 billion in the second decade according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Third, we avoid larger-than-necessary cuts to FY 2014 defense spending. While Congress needs to slow the growth in defense spending just like the rest of the budget, defense spending as a percent of GDP and federal spending will continue to decrease substantially over the next several years.

“Also, this budget resolution allows Congress to return to regular order by going through the appropriations process instead of relying on continuing resolutions. The regular appropriations process is a better way to make sure that spending is correctly prioritized and taxpayer dollars are spent most efficiently.

The real threat to our nation, however, is not discretionary spending, which this budget resolution addresses. In fact, non-emergency, non-OCO, discretionary spending in FY 2014 and FY 2015 as stipulated in this budget resolution will be lower than it was 2011. The real drivers of our long-term budget deficits are entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Budget resolutions such as the one we passed today impact less than one-third of the total federal budget. While we need to focus on discretionary spending, the real emphasis needs to be on entitlements, which is why I have proposed a common sense Social Security proposal.”

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