CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT ON THE BUDGET AGREEMENT
For Immediate Release Contact: Robin Chand
July 23, 2019 (202) 225–3816
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Budget Agreement
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget released this statement following a bipartisan agreement on budget caps and the debt limit announced yesterday evening by the top four congressional leaders and the president:
“As a senior member of the Budget Committee, I am pleased to support the bipartisan budget deal reached by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, our friends across the aisle in both chambers of the United States Capitol, and the President. This is a bold deal, and one which delivers on priorities long-championed by the Democratic Party, and one which reinforces House Democrats’ commitment to a better deal, for the people.
“As an initial matter, I am pleased this agreement ends the prospect of cuts to discretionary non-defense spending. This will enable our government to invest in Americans by investing in our communities. This was a critical component of Democrats’ promise for a better deal. This agreement is also made with an eye towards avoiding another government shutdown, which experience teaches us has the ability to harm our economy directly, and indirectly through untold collateral damage. Moreover, the deal avoids the chronic brinksmanship that has plagued past budget negotiations, and ones which had the potential to disrupt our economic security, and undermine global confidence in the United States as a financial leader.
“I am pleased that this deal was reached, and that we were able to do so many months before the end of the fiscal year. I commend Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer and all involved in achieving this agreement.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget.