Walz Votes for Bipartisan Budget Agreement
Washington, DC [12/12/13] – Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) voted in favor of the bipartisan budget agreement that, while far from perfect, will ensure we avoid another reckless government shutdown and give small businesses and local communities the certainty they need to grow and prosper. He released the following statement.
“This agreement requires pragmatic lawmakers to come together. While this isn’t the bill I would have written, doing nothing is not an option. Voting against this agreement is a vote to shut down the government and continue sequestration, which hurts our defense, our seniors, and hardworking middle class families. We must stop the reckless cycle of governing by crisis, end the threat of another irresponsible government shutdown, and give our economy the certainty it needs to grow and prosper. This two-year budget agreement will go a long way in doing just that.
“However, there are things in the bill that I do not support, the first of which being a cut to the cost-of-living adjustment for military retirees under 62 years of age. Moving forward, I will fight with every fiber of my being to restore these earned benefits for our nation’s heroes. I also believe we should conduct a full audit of the Pentagon to root out waste before more cuts to military personnel occur. I plan on offering legislation to conduct such an audit in the near future.”
Local veterans voiced their support for Representative Walz’s call to audit the Pentagon.
“Representative Walz has been a champion for our military and veterans throughout his time in Congress and I support his call to audit the Pentagon and root out waste before more cuts to personnel occur,” said Tom McLaughlin, Mankato resident and Marine who served in Vietnam.