Indiana Senators Respond To Bipartisan Budget Deal

While Sen. Joe Donnelly praised the bipartisan effort, Sen. Dan Coats says he worries an opportunity may have been wasted.

Two U.S. senators revealed a bipartisan budget deal for the current fiscal year.

Photo: Martin Falbisoner / Wikimedia Commons

Two U.S. senators revealed a bipartisan budget deal for the current fiscal year.

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.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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  • Rick Rascoe

    This is a bad deal, period! The sequestor actually was cutting spending; it needs to be left in place! I am sick of hearing about fairy tale savings ten years down the road; then the whole thing gets changed before the ten years comes up. Just like the sequester. We can’t even stand a second year of the sequestor cuts without trying to get rid of them! Its time for a change. Our elected Republicans must have conservative principles, and have the integrity and guts to stand and vote for them. If not, we need to open the door to help them seek NEW employment! Boehner’s comments the other day infuriate me! That RINO attacks the TEA Party and other conservative groups because we want spending cuts, and don’t agree with the bought and paid for politicians like himself? Boehner needs to go! Dan Coates, Vote NO on this rotten budget deal. Folks, if you have a politician that continues to sell you and your children down the river by spending nto oblivion; you need to vote them out of office. Don’t listen to the liberal media and RINO’s when they go against the TEA Party; they don’t want real reformists to upset their apple cart!

  • disqus_at95K9bcZs

    This is a good deal, period! Even though it does not accomplish everything on the Republican wish list it is a bipartisan effort, something that is nearly an endangered species in Washington these days. The last thing we need is for another contentious budget debate and possible government shutdown prior to the 2014 elections. Because of Obamacare (aka the Democrat Affordable Care Act {DACA}) the Democrat Party is on the ropes for the next election. A fight over the budget would take the spotlight off of Obamacare and endanger projected Republican gains in Congress in November. If Republicans can make the gains in Congress that are projected by many, they will find it much easier to enact the needed reforms in 2015 and 2016. One step back to take two steps forward is not a bad deal.

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