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Begich Supports Bipartisan, Balanced Budget to Reduce Deficit and Prevent Further Sequestration

Bipartisan Bill Reduces Deficit by $23 Billion, Creates Economic Certainty

U.S. Senator Mark Begich today voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act  which will further reduce the deficit by $23 billion, prevent the second round of across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, and significantly reduce the likelihood of another government shutdown.   

“While this bill isn’t perfect, it represents a bipartisan, balanced approach that will create much-needed economic certainty for Alaska families and businesses,”  said Sen. Begich.  “This bipartisan solution is also a reminder that when Washington is willing to work together, we can avoid unnecessary impacts like sequestration.”

Earlier this year, Begich voted against the budget proposed by Democrats because it included over $1 trillion in new taxes. 

“Alaskans are tired of watching their government lurch from one manufactured crisis to another,” said Sen. Begich. “A two-year budget means we can focus on creating jobs, developing our resources, protecting our fisheries, and providing Alaska families the certainty they deserve—without the risk of another government shutdown.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young also voted in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act which passed the Senate today by a 64-36 margin. 

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