KATKO STATEMENT ON PROPOSED BUDGET AGREEMENT

October 28, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement on the proposed federal budget:

“As I travel throughout the 24th Congressional District, meeting with individuals and families in our community, I continue to hear frustration from Central New Yorkers about the dysfunction in Washington. 

“Just last week, the partisanship was so severe in Washington that the President vetoed the national defense bill to achieve additional spending.  This put our national security and our country’s overall budget process in a dangerous place.

“I’ve heard the concerns of my constituents loud and clear.  I was sent to Congress to fight through partisan gridlock and deliver results for Central New York.  While the budget agreement before the House today is far from perfect, it moves us away from governing from crisis to crisis and from deadline to deadline to put us a sustainable path towards predictable government funding over the course of the next two fiscal years.

“Importantly, this bipartisan budget protects our economy from a dangerous default.  It strengthens the long-term solvency of Medicare and Social Security by eliminating abuse and fraud, making changes that will yield as much as $168 billion in savings.  It will also prevent significant increases in Medicare premiums for seniors in NY-24.

“This fully offset agreement strengthens our defense, rolls back harmful provisions in Obamacare, and rejects all increases in taxes proposed by the Obama Administration.

“This bipartisan budget is not without flaws, but I believe that it provides us with the best means currently available to put our country on a path towards a normal, predictable budgeting process.