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Hultgren Statement on Budget Agreement

Rep. Randy Hultgren released the following statement after he voted in support of the budget agreement that passed the House 332-94:

“This budget agreement preserves fiscally conservative principles, ensures our military readiness and makes the first step toward breaking the cycle of government by crisis. By actually capping discretionary spending levels below two previously passed House budgets and the caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011—without raising taxes—we are preserving fiscal responsibility and opening the door to true reform of our $17 trillion debt problem. 

"Governing by continuing resolutions and short-term budgets hurts our ability to properly oversee federal spending, endangers our national defense and squelches opportunities to pass debt solutions that require looking further than six months down the road. 

"Americans generally can agree on 80 percent of any given issue. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s fiscally responsible approach has helped break our current impasse, encouraging Congress to stand together on the 80 percent we agree on, and pushing us to roll up our sleeves on the other 20 percent so we can attain true reform. This will be the first time since 1986 that a divided Congress has passed a budget.”

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russ harrison December 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM
The check from "Government Sachs" may have been held up pending deliberation. The congressman must have realized that without a budget, the natives will get restless. They'd start looking into the Wall Street welfare problem, and with it, the exposure that would come with some of his latest bills he sponsored, most notably his co-sponsoring of the "Derivative Swaps Improvement" act. That act has 84 lines, 72 of which were written by wall street lobbyists. Hultgren claimed his bill will help distressed farmers that rely on these type of financial tools...yeah right. If those farmers are traded on the open market and have billions in assets. In reality, Hultgren and his Bankster buddies just relaxed the oversight on the same risky venues that were a major cause of the 2008 meltdown. So of course he's going to finally start doing something he can use to garner more votes and continue his servitude to Citi, Mellon, Sachs and Merryl. Merry Christmas Randy!
Gloria Casas (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM
No comments have been deleted by Rep. Hultgren or the administrator of the blog. While bloggers have the ability to delete comments, Rep. Hultgren and the administrator are choosing not to use that tool. But please keep in mind to keep comments civil. -Community Editor Gloria Casas."
russ harrison December 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM
We can delete comments from our blogs? But why would we want to do that? Actually, my last blog "The Springfield Shell Game" is notoriously absent from comments,. I usually manage to get some sort of reaction from my articles...
Walt Hines December 13, 2013 at 05:28 PM
The budget will get balanced when we stop allowing money to be stock piled in the Cayman Islands by tax dodging so called Americans and their American Companies. There will be a day sooner than later when people are just going to snap! You can't keep sucking the middle class and lower dry! Both side are at fault! One gives it all away as the other takes it!
Gene Kalley December 13, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Is Hultgren now part of the establishment? More spending and fees. Airplane passengers will have increased fees.
Matilda B December 13, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Hate to say it but comments have been deleted. Gloria, who did it. Do you need to change your post?
Gloria Casas (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Hi Matilda, Not sure what happened to the comments but the administrator of the blog did not delete the comments, which was at issue. Thanks.
Steve Hunter December 19, 2013 at 02:55 PM
One of the near-term spending cuts, however, is to reduce pension benefits for current veterans and active-duty military. Pension benefits to veterans younger than 62. The budget deal would reduce the yearly cost-of-living adjustments for these military veterans. It would even impact those veterans who were forced to retire due to injuries sustained in the service of our country.
McCloud December 19, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Hultgren is now part of the establishment in DC. It must make sense to him to add to the deficit in large number now, and get a small fraction later in ten years maybe. Time for some realness. Maybe Ted Cruz should speak with him.

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