Scott Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

October 28, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 266 to 167 (Roll call No. 579).

“I support this budget agreement because it provides two years of sequester relief, prevents a 50 percent increase in Medicare Part B premiums, avoids deep cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and extends the debt limit through early 2017.

“While this is a positive step forward that will allow us to finish work on funding the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016, I am concerned that we continue to kick the can down the road on cancelling sequestration outright.  The need for these biennial budget agreements was a predictable consequence of Congress’ inability to grasp fundamental principles of arithmetic when we decided to permanently extend $3.9 trillion in tax cuts at the beginning of 2013 instead of first dealing with the $1.2 trillion sequester.  Unless we decide to consider revenue enhancements, I worry that we will continue to have a budget crisis every year.”

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