Provided to The McDuffie Mirror
(The following statement on the federal budget agreement was offered by U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the 12th District Democrat whose district includes Warren County.)
This bill is not perfect, but it pulls together ideas from both sides of the aisle and preserves the spirit of honest compromise that the American people expect from their leaders in Washington.
This legislation provides certainty to our business community, makes much-needed spending cuts that will help get our fiscal house in order, and ensures that the United States can continue to pay its obligations on time. Most importantly, it averts a disaster that would've crippled our economy and endangered the future of our nation for generations. Supporting this plan was the fiscally responsible thing to do for our country in the short-term, but there are many more challenges facing us on our road to long-term economic security.
It's my hope that as we deal with the challenges ahead we will focus on crafting common sense, bipartisan solutions as quickly as possible, so that we never again risk running out the clock on our nation's economic future.