Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, cast her vote for the debt limit-deficit reduction deal Monday but said in a statement that she shares the frustrations of Southwest Washington residents over the process that led up to the 11th-hour agreement.
“Is it a perfect plan? No,” she said. “For instance, I would like to have a firmer commitment to a balanced budget, which would mean no more debt ceiling crises ever again. Not every spending reform is where I would like it. But the U.S. will be able to meet its obligations, and this deal builds the framework to end overspending in D.C.”
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate leadership, released a statement saying she intends to vote for the Budget Control Act of 2011 when it reaches the Senate floor Tuesday.
“I plan to vote to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in our nation’s history. It is a vote to avoid an economic blow that would be felt across the globe, including in the lives, homes, and finances of nearly every Washington state family,” Murray said.
“To be clear, this plan is not ideal,” she added. “While we protected Medicare and Social Security from painful cuts today and prevented repeating this crisis in just a matter of months, it is undeniable that the spending cuts included in this package are serious and impactful. These cuts, not unlike those that have been made by struggling Washington state families during this recession, will be difficult sacrifices that are a reminder of the trying economic times we are in.”