December 10, 2013

Two Hawaii Delegates Express Optimism Over Budget Deal

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced a budget deal today that would “call for $1.012 trillion in federal spending in 2014 while replacing some sequestration cuts,” according to this report in The Hill.

The deal is described as a compromise that falls short of “the grand budget bargain” that Speaker John Boehner(R-Ohio) and President Obama once talked about. “But if passed, it will bring a measure of fiscal peace to the capital for the first time since Republicans wrested control of the House in 2010.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said in a statement, “This proposed budget deal presents tough choices for everyone and I commend my colleagues who worked together on a compromise that provides welcome relief from the partisan brinksmanship that led to the first government shutdown in 17 years. I will closely review the details of this budget proposal to see how it addresses the needs of Hawaii and our nation . …”

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By:  Chad Blair
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat