“I thank the Speaker and I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin, the Chairman. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
“In a divided government the American people expect Members of both parties to come together and find common ground to move America forward. While this budget agreement is not perfect, it is a step forward towards bridging our differences and bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington.
“The legislation before the House today will reduce our deficit, it will make long term pension reforms, and it will do so without raising taxes on hard working middle class families of our country. This budget deal also protects our national security at home and around the world by preventing dramatic cuts to our national defense as a result of the sequester.
“I think we can all agree that arbitrary, indiscriminant, across-the-board spending cuts are not the smartest way to cut spending. Last year, House Republicans passed two bills that would have replaced the sequester’s indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts. This bill is a reflection of our priority to replace the sequester with permanent savings that will responsibly reduce our deficit.
“This legislation will allow Congress to concentrate on appropriating taxpayer funds for our country’s highest priorities. Let’s stand together and show the American people that we are focused on reining in Washington’s out of control spending habits while growing our economy.
“I want to thank the gentleman from Wisconsin, the Chairman of the Budget Committee, Mr. Ryan, for his perseverance in his quest to rein in the wasteful spending, to work toward balancing our budget. I want to thank him for his tenacity in the negotiations that he had with Senator Murray to arriving at this deal. I want to thank him and his entire committee for their hard work, this is a bipartisan budget agreement, one that has not been frequently seen in terms of bipartisan agreement on this floor. I urge my colleagues in the House to support this agreement.”