Last week the House passed a 2-year bipartisan budget deal, negotiated by leaders of both parties. It will provide some budget certainty for our working men and women and Oregon businesses. In my opinion, it is a shame that it took the resignation of the Speaker of the House to allow Congress to function in a bipartisan manner, but we must move forward.
This budget agreement will allow for modest increases in defense and domestic spending, while making some critical improvements to our safety net programs. We've shielded our Medicare seniors from premium hikes and fixed a shortfall in the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. Though not perfect, this budget will allow us to stop governing from crisis to crisis.
However, before the end of the year, we will face more challenges. We need to keep the government open and we need a long-term transportation bill that will give stakeholders in Oregon the certainty they need to continue much needed projects to repair and improve our roads and bridges.
With new leadership, I remain hopeful that the House can move forward and meet these challenges in a cooperative and bipartisan manner.
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