McConnell opposes bipartisan two-year federal budget deal

12/17/2013 11:53 AM

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell split with the majority of Kentucky’s federal delegation Tuesday when he voted against the two-year federal budget deal in the U.S. Senate.

Senators voted 67 to 33 to end debate and proceed to final passage on the budget agreement. Both of Kentucky’s Republican senators, McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul, were among the 33 Senators to vote against it.

In a statement about the vote, McConnell — who had previously not made public his opinion on the agreement — said he appreciated the work of U.S. House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic Budget Chairman Patty Murray. But he said because the deal changes the levels of sequester cuts to give federal agencies more flexibility, McConnell said he couldn’t support it.

“The Budget Control Act (BCA) was designed to cut spending in the short and long term, and I remain convinced that Congress should continue to adhere to the fiscal restraints it set,” McConnell said. “This was hard-won progress on the road to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order. We should not go back on that commitment.”

Paul has said he opposed the agreement since day one, saying it did not do enough to get the country’s fiscal house back in order.

A final vote on the agreement could take place in the Senate as early as Tuesday afternoon.

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