U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, took to the Senate floor again today to call for an end to Republican obstruction on the budget. In his remarks, Kaine noted the proposed budget would replace the sequester cuts in the next fiscal year which have caused 800,000 furloughs of Department of Defense civilian employees this year, including 90,000 in Virginia.
Senate Republicans continue to block the appointment of budget conferees to work on negotiations with the House, and Democrats – including Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine – are trying to push through the logjam.
By one vote, the United States Senate was able to pass its first budget in four years. The 50-49 vote includes $1 trillion in new revenue by closing some tax loopholes on the wealthy. The passage is largely symbolic, since the vote was for a non-binding resolution that will no doubt clash with the budget resolution to be passed by the Republican-majority House of Representatives.
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) today successfully amended the 2014 Senate budget resolution, adding three amendments which collectively promote more effective, transparent and cost-efficient government.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised the passage of a Fiscal Year 2014 budget out of committee. The budget is expected to be voted on by the full Senate in the coming week.
The following are excerpts of opening remarks by U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) during today’s hearing by the Senate Budget Committee on the release of a Fiscal Year 2014 budget:
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the budget proposal introduced today.