Price: budget deal ‘small step in right direction’

12/12/2013 10:01 AM

12/12/2013 10:03 AM

U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, said Wednesday that the bipartisan budget deal reached in Washington will “allow Congress to finally write and pass appropriations bills that set investment priorities and hold executive branch agencies accountable for spending taxpayer dollars.”

Price’s statement describes his job as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Price’s statement on the agreement continued:

“The plan falls short of the comprehensive budget agreement required to get our economy back to full strength and our fiscal house in order. But it averts sequestration’s mindless, across-the-board cuts and makes room for investments in education and infrastructure that will help boost the economy and strengthen the middle class. For these reasons, I believe the budget agreement is a small step in the right direction.”

Price said it “remains to be seen” whether Republicans in the House will vote for it, adding that conservatives might find it hard to do so.

But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Wednesday rejected criticism from conservative groups and said House members should vote for the agreement because it reduced the deficit. The measure was expected to pass in the House, possibly as early as Thursday. Read more here.

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