WASHINGTON (WIBW) — As Congress prepared to vote on the new budget deal revealed earlier this week, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) explained why she planned on voting to support the two-year plan, which easily passed in the House 332-94 Friday evening.
“I always put Kansans first, and Kansans care about reducing wasteful, Washington spending. With this agreement, we will reduce our long-term deficits over the next 10 years without raising taxes, and these smarter savings will only increase over time," she said in a statement released early Thursday afternoon.
"Without this agreement, we will spend more taxpayer dollars over the next decade, even with the current sequester, and face the strong possibility of another destructive government shutdown come January."
The three-term Republican called the bipartisan budget, negotiated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) the only responsible option for her state's economy, adding that it takes a "small step toward getting our fiscal house in order."
She said under the new budget the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility will get more than $400 million as opposed to the $17 million it is slated to receive now. She called the current funding "effectively[...] a stop work notice" that would be felt across the state.
“During a time of extreme partisan rhetoric, I am hopeful this agreement shows there are leaders in Congress who can put aside their differences to break through the dysfunction in Washington," added Jenkins.