GROUP OF BIPARTISAN FORMER GOVERNORS RELEASE JOINT STATEMENT ON WHY THEY VOTED AGAINST BUDGET DEAL
Washington, D.C. – Four former Governors and current U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Rick Scott (R-FL) released the following statement on why they voted against the budget deal.
“We want to thank our colleagues, Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy, for all the work they and their staffs did to put this package together. We recognize that theirs was not an easy task, and we’re grateful that they were willing to work so hard to put it together. Having said that, as former Governors, we were responsible for setting a budget each year that was fiscally responsible to fund our priorities. That’s why today, we, as U.S. Senators, cannot bring ourselves to vote for this budget deal that does not put our country on a fiscally sustainable path. We cannot continue to ignore the fact that our country’s $22 trillion national debt is dangerous and unsustainable. We did not run our states this way, and it’s why, now as U.S. Senators, we feel strongly that we must lead by example and say that this is not the way to run our country either.”
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