Congressman Austin Scott Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:
“I am pleased to report that we are finally able to claim a victory on the defense budget. With my support, the House of Representatives passed legislation to significantly reduce sequester cuts for our military, therefore providing funding for training and for the important defense activities occurring at Robins and Moody Air Force Bases. The legislation will restore $31 billion of irresponsible sequester cuts for our defense over the next two years. The fight is not over, but we have made significant progress in halting the decline in our military strength and the erosion of defense readiness.
“While this agreement does not go as far as I think it should, it does achieve real budgetary reforms and is a step in the right direction that gets Washington back to a budget process where meaningful entitlement reform can be achieved. I hope this bipartisan agreement will pave the way for continued work toward putting our country back on a fiscally responsible path and securing economic security for hardworking Americans.”