Coons weighs in on House budget approval
By Michelle Provencher

Updated Friday, December 13, 2013 - 12:17pm

In a vote at the capital Thursday evening, U.S. House of Representative members were able to accept a federal budget, a step toward preventing another detrimental government shutdown like the one seen this year.

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), who serves on the Senate Budget Committee, tells WDEL concessions were made by both parties in an effort to pass the plan.

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"Instead of another year of across the board, senseless cuts through sequester that have been so damaging, we will replace that with smarter savings, more targeted cuts to spending and savings, and a balance of new revenue through some fees, and some sales of federal assets and closing of existing programs," Coons said.

Coons adds he's glad an agreement was reached.

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"This was a compromise. And there were lots of things that folks from the House and from the other party wanted to cut more deeply. What I am most pleased about was that we were able to come to an agreement that suspends the sequester this year and next year with a smarter balance of cuts and revenue."

Following the vote, Congressman John Carney (D-Del) said in a statement, "it's better than nothing."

Carney says he hopes this agreement leads to a series of serious discussions, reasonable solutions, and fair compromises on both sides of the aisle.

Now the budget deal heads to the Senate for a vote.

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