Latham Statement On House Budget Agreement Vote
Washington, DC - Iowa’s Third District Congressman Tom Latham released the following statement following U.S. House passage of the bipartisan House and Senate Federal Budget blueprint agreement:
“I have always been dedicated to supporting common sense solutions that transcend politics and provide results that end wasteful spending, gets our debt under control and delivers a more efficient, effective and accountable government. To claim that this budget blueprint would achieve all of those goals would be nothing more than empty rhetoric – because it won’t.
What I can honestly say is that this budget blueprint is a step in the right direction. It begins permanent reforms of mandatory spending and reduces the deficit. Most importantly, this budget blueprint ends Washington’s recent and broken cycle of governing from crisis to crisis that risks America’s future and the trust of Americans in their leaders.
And, rather than repeatedly funding inefficient and wasteful federal programs through continuing resolutions, this blueprint gives us the ability for the first time in four years to make smart and targeted reforms that deliver more accountability to hardworking Americans.
I acknowledge and share the distrust with Washington by the overwhelming majority of Americans – it has unfortunately been well-earned. However, to move our country forward again we have to start somewhere and we have to start with the reality of finding common ground in a divided government. While not the perfect solution based on my core principles – it is a start and one that I honestly believe Washington is sorely in need of pursuing.”