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House Passes Bipartisan Budget Agreement

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Washington, October 28, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 1314; the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Which authorizes new spending levels for both FY 2016 and 2017, implements mandatory spending cuts and additional savings to offset such increases, and increases the debt limit through March 15, 2017, preventing default.
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WASHINGTON – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 1314; the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

The legislation authorizes new spending levels for both FY 2016 and 2017, implements mandatory spending cuts and additional savings to offset such increases, and increases the debt limit through March 15, 2017, preventing default.

Following the vote, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement:

“While the plan set forward today is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction. H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 brings certainty to our appropriations process, strengthens our national security, and protects our troops while constructively resolving multiple outstanding issues.

With over $18 trillion in national debt, Washington’s spending problem is out of control. The spending caps and other reductions included in the agreement remain on track to save more than $2 trillion as mandated by the Budget Control Act while preventing a dangerous default that would threaten our economy. This plan provides economic stability critical to strengthening our economy.

Only Congress has the authority to fund the federal government and as a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I stand ready to implement the details of this agreement. The Committee is committed to ensuring the appropriations process is completed by the December deadline.”


H.R. 1314; the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed by a vote of 266 to 167 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Highlights of the bill include:
  • Suspends the debt ceiling until March 17, 2017
  • Authorizes new spending levels in FY16 and FY17
  • Sets framework for considering appropriation legislation ahead of the December deadline
  • Extends the sequestration of mandatory funds and leaves mandatory cuts in place through 2025
  • Prevents a dramatic spike in Medicare B premiums for millions of seniors and those who need it most
  • Prevents a 20% cut to benefits through SSDI reforms to close loopholes, increase work incentives, and stop fraud
  • Eliminates the auto-enrollment mandate of Obamacare
  • Increases Overseas Contingency Operations budget for the Department of Defense (DOD) which allows for more certainty and flexibility for preparing our troops and future threats

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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