RECENT VOTES

The Budget Agreement

On Wednesday the House considered H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. This legislation suspends the debt limit until March of 2017, providing some much needed stability to the economy. Without action by Congress, the federal government could not have paid bills already incurred after November 3rd. H.R. 1314 also establishes funding parameters for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. It raises the sequester cap by $80 billion over the two fiscal years, equally divided between defense and nondefense spending. It is far from a perfect bill but it addresses some significant immediate needs. Congress must still finalize fiscal year 2016 appropriations by December 11th but now that funding levels have been agreed to, this process should proceed much more smoothly. I voted YES. The legislation passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

79

167

0

1

DEMOCRAT

187

0

0

1

TOTAL

266

167

0

2

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

9

0

0

0