Luján Addresses Budget Vote

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after voting for a compromise budget plan that reduces sequester cuts over the next two years.

“While this budget plan is not perfect, and neither side got everything they would have liked, it represents a compromise that takes important steps to chip away at the devastating cuts of the sequester. It rejects the calls of the extreme Tea Party elements that have demanded even deeper cuts that would harm New Mexico. Already in our state we have seen arbitrary sequester cuts negatively impact our economy and hurt our families. During this past year Head Start centers have shut down, workers were furloughed, and cuts to the national labs rippled through the state’s economy.

“By reducing part of the sequester cuts and providing certainty and stability over the next two years, this plan puts Congress on a path to fund the government without legislating from one crisis to the next.

“Passing this budget plan is a small step forward; however, I am disappointed with the House’s failure to act on other critical issues facing families in New Mexico. Yesterday, I called on Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session and pass an extension of unemployment benefits<> before recessing for the year. More work is needed to pass a Farm Bill that supports our farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers, and that provides funding for critical nutrition programs. And House Republicans have yet to allow a vote on much-needed immigration reform to fix our broken system. With all this important work that remains, the House should stay in session until more progress is made for the people of New Mexico.”