Scott Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

July 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which prevents draconian, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for FY2020 and FY2021. It also suspends the debt ceiling for the next two years.

“Eight years ago, congressional Republicans almost brought our country to the brink of fiscal calamity by playing a dangerous game of chicken with our nation’s debt ceiling. That Republican-created crisis was only averted by passing the Budget Control Act of 2011, which created the automatic across-the-board spending cuts commonly referred to as ‘sequestration.’ I voted against that bill because I knew it would force draconian cuts on investments in our country. It also did nothing to restrain Congress from enacting fiscally reckless tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations, which is exactly what Congress did in 2013 and again in 2017.

“I voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 because it lifts the last two years of the Budget Control Act’s spending caps, eliminates the threat of sequestration, and protects the full faith and credit of the United States by suspending the debt ceiling for two years. This budget agreement will ensure that we will be able to invest in our national security and in the health, financial security and well-being of the American people. This budget agreement will also help avoid another harmful government shutdown, which would be devastating for the nation’s economy, particularly in Hampton Roads. Passage of this bill is a clear repudiation of the harmful cuts proposed by President Trump in his FY 2020 budget. This is a good deal for the American people, and it is fitting that it was passed on the 200th day of the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. It highlights our majority’s commitment to fighting for the American people.”

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