Stewart Votes in Favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Following the vote, he released the following statement:
“I voted in favor of the budget deal Chairman Paul Ryan has negotiated. Chairman Ryan is negotiating with a partner that fails to recognize the gravity of the situation our great country is facing and refuses to make the hard choices to put our country on a real path to fiscal sustainability.”
“The sequester was a blunt instrument that indiscriminately cut defense spending in an irresponsible manner. This deal reverses those cuts that were focused largely on our defense spending. While I acknowledge that we can, and should, address wasteful spending in our defense department, the sequester was a poor way to address the need for more responsible spending.”
“Chairman Ryan was able to keep in place most of the overall spending cuts from the Budget Control Act while relieving the cuts to defense spending that have hurt our national security and military readiness over the past five years. This deal also allows us to return Congress to regular order--stopping Washington from governing crisis to crisis. Having a budget in place will allow Republicans to hold the President and his federal agencies accountable through the appropriations process."