Senators Udall, Heinrich Press Senate Leadership to Begin Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

Senate Democrats urge Leader McConnell to avoid unnecessary
budget crisis this fall

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have joined the full Senate Democratic Caucus to urge Senate Republican leadership to schedule bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent another budget crisis when the current fiscal year ends this fall. The call was made in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed by all 46 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

In the letter, Udall and Heinrich stressed their deep concern that, with less than two months left in the fiscal year, Leader McConnell has yet to schedule bipartisan negotiations to ensure a budget agreement is reached that keeps the federal government open and ends devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

“New Mexicans can’t afford 11th-hour bargaining and political games that threaten jobs and our economy,” said Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. “Republicans and Democrats need to come together and negotiate a responsible budget that ends devastating across-the-board sequester cuts and helps boost New Mexico’s economy. Federal employees at our state’s national labs and military bases, seniors who count on their Social Security checks and families planning trips to our national parks all deserve certainty that the government will stay open this fall.”

“We can’t go back to limping from one self-made crisis to another. That’s no way to govern, and that’s not what New Mexicans expect from their government,” Heinrich said. “Republicans and Democrats must work together on a reasonable long-term plan to get our federal finances in order and avoid across-the-board sequester cuts that threaten our economy and middle class. We need a budget agreement that will support vital services for New Mexico children and seniors, our men and women in uniform, and our national laboratories. I will work with my colleagues to pass a budget that supports families and gives businesses the certainty they need to spend and invest in ways that will boost the economy and create jobs.”

Senate Democrats have asked Republican leadership to schedule bipartisan budget negotiations for months, yet the requests have been met with a lack of interest in addressing this serious issue.

The full text of the letter is available HERE