Congressman John Shimkus of the local 15th Congressional District has voted against a two-year budget and debt limit deal negotiated between the president and congressional leaders.
“Since Republicans took control of Congress, the budget deficit has dropped at the fastest rate since the end of WWII,” said Shimkus. “We’ve cut the EPA’s budget by 30 percent and forced President Obama to accept caps on both discretionary and mandatory spending. This deal undermines that progress by relying on budget gimmicks to lift those hard-won spending caps and mask our still growing national debt.”
The deal would suspend the nation’s borrowing limit through March 2017, allowing for the addition of roughly $1.5 trillion to our over $18 trillion national debt.
“By locking in the spending levels set by this deal and raising the debt limit through the end of the Obama Administration, we’re closing the door on any opportunity to further cut spending over the next two years,” Shimkus added.
Specific provisions of the deal also raised concerns, including Section 201, which deals with crop insurance.
“Without even consulting the Agriculture Committees, this deal reopened the Farm Bill to make unprecedented cuts to crop insurance,” said Shimkus. “These cuts may save money on paper in the short term, but the long term effect of driving private insurers out of the crop insurance market could put this vital safety net solely on the backs of taxpayers.