WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today regarding the Budget Conference agreement reached by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI):
“We commend Budget Committee Chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan for their efforts and encourage approval by the Congress. Approval of this agreement represents a return to more regular order for budget and appropriations issues. Just as important, it allows the Congress to turn its attention to other pressing matters of national interest, such as immigration reform and trade policy.
“The two-year deal, while welcome in terms of removing the shutdown brinksmanship, must not be an excuse to wait two more years to address the fundamental challenges of entitlement reform and spending discipline. We encourage all members of Congress and the administration to work toward broader entitlement reform and greater fiscal responsibility in order to accelerate private-sector growth and jobs.”
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