WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - Despite objections from the far right and the left, the U.S. House Thursday approved and sent to the Senate a compromise budget, including a yes vote from 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg, Branch County’s representative in the House. The two year spending agreement aims to avert another spending showdown next month. The last time it resulted in a government shutdown that decimated the poll numbers of the GOP.
Walberg said, “While this deal is not perfect, it shows we can find bipartisan solutions that reduce the deficit without raising taxes. It’s also important to remember this deal keep 92% of the sequester level funding in place, a small but important step in keeping Washington committed to pursuing a path of economic security for hardworking taxpayers.”
Outside conservative groups say it doesn’t cut enough. Democrats complain that it does not extend unemployment insurance for those who still are trying to find jobs.