NM Congressional Democrats Welcome Passage of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urge Responsible Long-Term Budget

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham votied for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11. The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law.

While Senator Udall welcomed the short-term agreement called a “continuing resolution,” he urged Congress to agree to a long-term budget that also ends the devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. He released the following statement:

“I’m extremely pleased that Congress has come to an agreement that prevents a government shutdown. I hope this is a turning point, which will allow us to work together on a responsible long-term budget that gives federal employees and contractors certainty — one that funds crucial priorities such as national security, education, energy and our environment and enables families and seniors to thrive. The people of New Mexico want us to stop governing from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis and start working for them. That means no more threatened shutdowns and an end to sequestration budget cuts. New Mexicans work hard, and many are still struggling to recover from the recession. They are eager for solutions, and they are tired of these political games that threaten jobs and weaken our economy. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will keep working to get us back to bipartisan budget agreements that make smart investments and meet the real needs of American families.”

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich released the following statement today after voting to pass a continuing resolution:

“It’s my hope that this marks the end of governing by manufactured crises and a return to focusing on growing the economy and making sure all Americans get a fair shake at getting ahead. Without wasting anymore time, Democrats and Republicans must now work together toward a reasonable, long-term budget agreement that makes investments in the middle class and reverses the across-the-board sequester cuts that threaten our economy and hard-working families.”

ongressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after voting in support of a Continuing Resolution that prevents a government shutdown by providing funding until December 11:

“Today’s vote prevents another Republican shutdown by funding the government until December; however it lays the groundwork for another shutdown if House Republicans do not finally come to the table and negotiate a budget that helps our economy grow.

“The last government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion and 120,000 private sector jobs, while workers were furloughed and veterans’ disability claims were stalled. The threat of another shutdown has caused needless stress for people in our communities and uncertainty for small businesses that work with the federal government. New Mexicans and the American people cannot afford the dysfunction of a Republican Congress that has proved themselves unable to govern, lurching from one manufactured crisis to another. It’s time for them to do their job so we can help hard-working people get ahead and stay ahead.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico’s First Congressional District issued the following statement:

“I voted today to keep the federal government open for 10 weeks. But New Mexico businesses continue to struggle as a result of the gridlock and uncertainty. I urge the Republican leadership to meet with Democrats to negotiate a long-term budget that meets the needs of New Mexico families, workers and small businesses. We must govern responsibly, which means investing in priorities like creating jobs and protecting the environment. The most effective way to do that is for Republicans and Democrats to work together, and avert another shutdown in December.”