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Remarks: Chairman Yarmuth Leads Floor Consideration of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

Jul 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as he led the debate of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. Remarks as prepared are below:

Mr. Speaker, today we have an opportunity to advance bipartisan legislation that will help secure a stronger future for American families and our nation’s economy. The two-year budget caps deal we are now debating raises the debt ceiling and increases the budget caps for 2020 and 2021. It stops extreme sequestration cuts of $125 billion from being implemented, helps us avoid another devastating government shutdown, and establishes a realistic budgetary framework so that we can make critical investments in our nation’s people and prosperity.

This budget agreement represents a vast improvement over the harmful cuts contained in the president’s 2020 budget proposal. It rejects the Trump Budget’s nine percent cut to non-defense discretionary spending that would have weakened national and economic security, endangered public health, and crippled critical programs that support American families. Instead, this bill will allow us to make strong investments in everything from K-12 education and infrastructure, to research and development, clean energy and veterans’ health care.

This is about finally moving us past the threat of sequestration. It’s about upholding the full faith and credit of the United States. And it’s about providing much-needed certainty to our communities and for our economy.

This bipartisan agreement is a victory for the American people. In the most divisive and polarizing environment in our lifetimes, it is a much-needed example of Congress coming together to prioritize the American people over self-serving politics. I urge my colleagues – all of my colleagues – to fulfill our obligations to govern and ensure we meet the needs and priorities of the American people by passing this bill.