Indiana’s senators say they need more time to review the bipartisan budget deal announced late yesterday, designed to prevent another federal budget crisis in January.
It sets overall discretionary spending for the current fiscal year about halfway between the Senate and House budget levels. It provides some relief for sequester cuts set to take effect in the next two years.
The relief is spread evenly between defense and non-defense programs, but doesn’t negate the sequester cuts entirely.
Senator Dan Coats, R-Indiana says a budget should include “real, targeted spending reforms.”
“While I look forward to reviewing the details, I am concerned that this deal may be another missed opportunity by Congress to make the tough choices needed that will secure our long-term fiscal future,” he said in a statement.
Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, appeared more upbeat about the proposal.
“I am encouraged that budget negotiators from both sides of the aisle have put together a long-overdue proposal that would cut the deficit, provide for two years of budget certainty, and prevent another government shutdown that would further harm our economy,” he said. “I applaud their bipartisan efforts, and I will continue to study the details before we take a vote in the Senate.”
The deal avoids raising taxes by raising, among other things, aviation security service fees for airline travelers, and increase federal employee pension contributions.