U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, voted Thursday in favor of the House GOP budget proposal. She said she voted for the spending plan because it would balance the federal budget within a decade.
“Solving our nation’s debt crisis will significantly boost our economy and create jobs for hardworking Southwest Washington residents,” she said in a statement. “It is critical to our long-term economic health that we finally balance our federal budget, and this plan will do just that.”
Herrera Beutler also criticized the budget plan proposed in the Democratic-led Senate.
“Despite raising taxes by almost $1 trillion, the Senate budget never balances,” she said. “It doesn’t solve the problem of mounting debt that is stifling job growth and holding down our economic recovery.”
— Stevie Mathieu
WASHINGTON — Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a Tea-Party-flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.
The spending authorization on its way to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature leaves in place $85 billion in spending cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs. The result will be temporary furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors over the next six months and interrupted, slower or halted services and aid for many Americans.