Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today released the following statement on the budget deal that was reached late last night.
While I am relieved that an agreement was reached to keep the government operating, and especially that our men and women in the military will continue to be paid, I can't say that I'm pleased with either the process or, in some respects, the agreement itself.
One of the effects of this agreement will be to be to add to the pain of some of the most vulnerable in our society, as well as to delay very badly needed infrastructure projects. In addition to reducing federal spending, certainly some attention also needs to be given to raising revenue from those best able to contribute--those who make over $250,000 a year, for instance. That would be a more balanced approach to solving our fiscal problems, in my opinion, and I hope that is the direction we move in the future.