Murray on Bipartisan Budget Act: “puts jobs and economic growth first,” “breaks through partisanship and gridlock,” “a dramatic improvement over the status quo”
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, the bipartisan compromise reached by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), passed the Senate by a vote of 64 -36. The bill, which passed through the House of Representatives last week by a 332-94 majority, now heads to the President’s desk for signature.
Prior to Senate passage, Senator Murray spoke on the Senate floor, urging colleagues to support the bill. Murray said the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, _“…breaks through the partisanship and gridlock, and shows that Congress can function when Democrats and Republicans work together to make some compromises for the good of the country.”_ Murray also expressed optimism that this compromise, _“can be a foundation for continued bipartisan work, because we have so many big challenges we need to tackle for the families and communities we represent.”_
Since the Senate budget passed in March, Senator Murray has fought to begin a budget conference, and has called on Democrats and Republicans to work together to end the constant cycle governing by crisis.
Details of the bill follow:
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