Today’s budget deal is a step forward that allows Congress to move on and tackle the problems Americans sent us here to solve. This bipartisan agreement includes a number of provisions that are wins for New Yorkers, including strengthening the state of our military readiness, improving care for our veterans, and providing more funding to fight the opioid crisis.
Additionally, I wanted to express my support for the special committees organized to propose genuine reform to the congressional budget process and another to address the funding crisis for multi-employer pension plans. For far too long, Congress has governed from funding crisis to funding crisis, inhibiting its ability to tackle our nation’s most pressing problems.
It should also be noted that the nation faces a looming debt crisis which is not made better by this legislation. My support for the bill is overwhelmingly influenced by the critical defense funding gaps affecting military readiness. Secretary Mattis has been very persuasive in his arguments as to the impacts of the budget sequester on our troops and the need to rebuild core aspects of our national defense. I trust his judgement in this regard.