December 11, 2013

Manchin Statement on Budget Conference Deal

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:

“This budget agreement is the first bipartisan deal that has been proposed since I became a member of the Senate more than three years ago. I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans were able to sit down in a room together, negotiate, and arrive at a deal. I commend Senator Murray and Representative Ryan for their leadership in debating, deliberating and finally compromising on an agreement. While this deal is not perfect, and not the one I would have written myself, it is a first step toward getting Congress back on track. I am hopeful that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will build upon this deal and work together toward a long-term budgetary fix.

“In the meantime, I will be reviewing the details of this budget agreement to make sure we strike the proper balance between funding our government, creating certainty for businesses to hire hardworking Americans and reducing our deficit with responsible spending cuts. Let’s return our focus to rebuilding America.”

Attached is a fact sheet on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which provides information on some provisions included in the budget package.