Congressman Ben Ray Luján Votes for Budget Deal That Lifts Sequester Cuts for Two Years

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement after voting in support of a bipartisan budget agreement.

“The budget agreement passed by the House represents a compromise that, while not perfect, will move our country forward.  Four years ago, I voted against the Budget Control Act due to serious concerns with the impact sequester cuts were going to have on New Mexico.  Since that time, we have seen these arbitrary cuts hurt New Mexico’s economy, shutter Head Start centers, and impact our labs and those who do business with them.

“This legislation takes important steps that begin to undo the sequester’s damaging cuts while also guaranteeing the full faith and credit of the United States with a clean extension of the debt ceiling.  While I would have preferred an agreement that completely addressed the sequester, it does provide two years of relief and moves Congress past one manufactured crisis.  It also enables the House and Senate to get to work on a budget that funds the government and increases investments in education, health care, and innovation.”