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Westerman Statement on Committee Passage of Balanced Budget

March 16, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, issued the following statement following final committee passage of the proposed FY2017 federal budget, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America:

“The balanced budget passed out of committee will provide a framework for regular order in the discretionary appropriations process and will lay the groundwork for mandatory spending reforms through the reconciliation process which are required if we're ever to balance our budget,” Westerman said. “The financial and economic future of our country is in the balance. Failure to promptly address our spending problems is not only irresponsible but will magnify the problems and force them onto our children and grandchildren. Passage of a budget is a small and critical first step in addressing these issues. I commend Chairman Price and my colleagues on the Budget Committee for their hard work and I look forward to bringing this budget to a vote in the full House along with even more conservative budget resolutions such as the Republican Study Committee Budget that I also support.”