Faso urges long-term budget deal as deadline approaches

Rep. John Faso and other members of the bi-partisan “Problem Solvers Caucus” sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders in both houses of Congress this week to urge them to reach a long-term budget deal instead of a stopgap solution before the Dec. 8 deadline for a government shutdown.

The 39 House members who signed the letter on Wednesday suggested lifting the spending caps Congress imposed on itself in 2011 for at least two years to help the government fulfill its commitments on both domestic and military expenses.

“We also support efforts to fully pay for any increase of the discretionary budget caps, so that defense and non-defense discretionary spending can be funded at more adequate levels, responsibly,” the letter read. “We stand ready to work with you to accomplish this goal.”

Faso, a Kinderhook Republican whose district includes Ulster and Sullivan counties, released the letter afterward, saying in a press release, “It will be impossible to get our nation’s spending under control until we have a budget that is crafted with long-term goals in mind and not just short-term fixes. Families cannot operate on that type of budgeting and neither can our government.”

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