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MO Lawmakers React to House Passing Budget Bill

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A compromise budget bill passed handily in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A compromise budget bill passed handily in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.

Representative from Missouri's fourth district, Republican Vicky Hartzler, voted for the bill.

"I think the American people will be encouraged to see their congress working for them and that's what they deserve," she said.

The bill increases spending by 60 billion dollars in certain areas, like military training and medical research.

But it also finds new revenue sources worth more than 80 billion, through new fees and reduction in pension funds.

"I think the budget bill is a step in the right direction because it reduces the deficit by roughly 23 billion dollars, does not raise taxes, and replaces some of the onerous defense cuts which are harming our national security," Hartzler said.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill supports the legislation.

"Reducing spending, reducing the deficit, and allowing the cuts to be more thoughtful are the best parts of this deal," she said.

But she said this bill doesn't direct congress on how to tackle the major issues.

"Medicare, how do we fix the shortfall with social security, it's disappointing that we didn't tackle those big issues, but at least this indicates that compromise might even be possible on those subjects when we get back to work on the first of the year," McCaskill said.

And compromise was the word of the day in D.C. Thursday.

Even though both sides of the aisle would have liked different items in the legislation, they agreed this is the best choice for the country for now.

"It breaks Washington's pattern of lurching from crisis to crisis. It's not everything that we want, but it strengthens our military readiness while cutting spending and I think that's good for America," Hartzler said.

"So I hope that this marks a new beginning of everyone willing to compromise and try to find that middle ground, I think that's what most Missourians want," McCaskill said.

Not all Missouri representatives agreed with the bill.

Billy Long sent this statement, "While this budget agreement does contain some good reforms, such as targeting waste and fraud in some government programs, those good intentions were not enough to support the overall bill."

Jason Smith also voted against the bill, stating, "Simply put this agreement raises revenue and spends more money."

Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford voted "no" and Congressman Steve Womack voted "yes."

This budget agreement doesn't have anything to do with the debt ceiling issue.

That will still have to be ironed out in Washington next year.

Also Thursday, the house passed a one month extension of the existing farm bill.

That issue will also be re-addressed in 2014.
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