Rep. Lawrence Votes to Enact Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence on Wednesday voted with 265 other Democratic and Republican Members of Congress to pass H.R. 1314, a bipartisan budget agreement that moves America forward in the effort to create more jobs, protect seniors, affirm the full faith and credit of the United States, and invest in our future.
“I am proud to join in this bipartisan effort to find a path forward for hard-working Americans and their families. This bipartisan budget agreement shows progress on some of the most significant challenges facing the American people. This includes the need to ensure the solvency of Social Security and averting what would have been a crippling 52 percent premium hike for Medicare Part B recipients, which is crucial for protecting the health and welfare of American families and seniors” Rep. Lawrence said. “As with any bipartisan agreement, there is a give and take required from both sides of the aisle. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Members of Congress on many of these issues, including further strengthening of Americans’ retirement security and increasing funding for important programs and services related to health care, veterans, education, the workforce and manufacturing, energy and the environment, and American families and individuals.”
The bipartisan budget agreement passed Wednesday will allow investments in America’s future after years of the damaging sequester – securing equal funding increases in defense and domestic initiatives over the next two years, and allowing for investments in areas such as education and research and development.
“This bill eliminates the threat of a first-ever U.S. default and makes clear that the full faith and credit of the United States is non-negotiable and unbreakable with a clean debt limit suspension,” Rep. Lawrence said. “This bipartisan budget agreement also provides greater economic certainty to businesses and families, and it is estimated that it will create an additional 340,000 jobs in 2016 – along with increased economic growth. I am proud that we were able to come together and craft an agreement that focuses on the needs of all Americans and I look forward to making further strides in many of these areas in future agreements.”