|By Paul B. Johnson, The High Point Enterprise, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The compromise federal budget bill to avoid another federal government shutdown -- as took place in October -- passed the House 332-94. The deal minimizes the effect of automatic spending cuts put in place during 2011 -- known as the sequester -- and avoids a repeat of a shutdown for the next two years.
A breakdown of the vote shows that 169 Republicans supported the bill while 62 voted against the measure. Almost an equivalent number of Democrats -- 163 -- supported the measure, while 32 Democrats objected. Seven members of
The breakdown of the
Here are some statements from area congressional representatives explaining their votes:
"Also, no tax increase. All in all, I think it resulted in a more orderly path to fiscal sanity."
"The budget agreement also failed to extend emergency unemployment insurance to 1.3 million people who are trying to find jobs in a difficult economy. The vote on the budget agreement was among my last as a member of
"While the resolution is far from perfect, it is responsible governance and enables us to return to a regular appropriations process where we can negotiate bills and get real, conservative policy enacted."
"This budget restores the ability for
"(The) budget agreement provides a framework to reduce the federal deficit an additional
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