Dec. 18, 2013
The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan budget bill that was passed last week in the House of Representatives. Fifth district Congressman Robert Hurt voted for the two-year measure, which eases across the board spending cuts and avoids future government shutdowns.
The deal increases the deficit $41 billion, but will save taxpayers $23 billion over a decade. Many conservatives and Tea Party groups are disappointed with the deal that was passed, saying the savings won't actually occur. Hurt, who is a Republican, says swapping out immediate cuts in favor of long term cuts, was the right move for American taxpayers.
"I think this agreement was consistent with my principles as it relates to cutting spending, long term reform, not raising taxes. It wasn't a huge step, but it was definitely a step in the right direction," said Rep. Hurt.
Many Republicans and Democrats do not think the bill is ideal. However, Hurt says the bipartisan agreement was an opportunity for either side of the aisle to find common ground.
"I hope that it means we will be able to find things we can agree on in the future," Rep. Hurt said.