Johanns, Fischer vote against budget proposal

U.S. Senators Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer today opposed a budget that amends the Budget Control Act to bring federal spending for the next two years back over a trillion dollars.

Johanns said, "This proposal simply raises more money to spend more money," Johanns said. "I don't object to replacing the sequester cuts so long as the alternative includes targeted cuts that address waste or fraud, or achieves long-term savings through structural changes. Unfortunately, this agreement does not meet that standard. It's going to require difficult decisions, but that's the only way we are going to dig ourselves out of our $17 trillion debt."

Fischer said "I appreciate the good faith efforts of budget negotiators to reach an agreement. I'm deeply troubled, however, by proposed cuts in retired pay and survivor benefits for our military men and women. It is doubly concerning that these changes would affect current retirees, instead of grandfathering in those already receiving benefits. Such a significant move must be fully evaluated in an open, transparent, and deliberative legislative process, not hastily enacted at the end of the year. I oppose rushed efforts to make these changes, which would cost veterans thousands of dollars in previously promised payments - all to fund more government spending.

The bill advanced by a vote of 67-33.

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