Jackson Citizen Patriot: U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg voted for budget deal, says it cut unnecessary spending while paying troops
By: Bob Wheaton
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, voted in favor of the deal that prevented a partial federal government shutdown.
Working late into Friday night, congressional and White House negotiators finally agreed on a planto pay for government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending.
Lawmakers then approved a measure to keep the government running through next Friday while the details of the new spending plan are written into legislation.
The government would have shut down at midnight Friday without the deal.
“Tonight’s vote was about ensuring funding and pay for our troops and their families,” Walberg said in a written statement.
“I’m disappointed that the previous Congress failed to do its job and pass a year-long budget,” said the statement from Walberg, whose district includes all of Jackson County. “I have, therefore, worked with my colleagues in the House to put in place a fiscally responsible budget for this year. Instead, the Senate and the White House put funding for our troops on the line because of their desire to continue their spending binge. I will not let that happen, so I voted tonight to continue to cut unnecessary spending and support our troops, who have already sacrificed so much. I will not ask them to sacrifice their paychecks as well.
“I am now eager to tackle the longer term budget issues in order to carry out the mandate of the American people and cut spending. I look forward to achieving that goal.”