Maloney blasts Senate budget deal as two-party “pay-off”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced he will vote against the bipartisan Senate deal to resolve the latest budget standoff in Congress, calling it a reckless escalation of spending that will worsen the federal deficit – right on the heels of deficit-widening tax cuts.

The Cold Spring Democrat issued a statement blasting the “budget-busting” deal as an irresponsible bargain between the leaders of both parties, one that will add billions to the deficit. He did mention the unresolved fate of the Dreamers, a Democratic priority enmeshed in budget talks, but focused on fiscal objections.

“When it comes to the budget, both parties agree on only one thing: being irresponsible,” Maloney said. “This isn’t compromise, it’s collusion; it’s not bipartisan, it’s a pay-off. This is drunken-sailor spending that comes right after Republicans in Washington put trillions in new debt on our country’s credit card. They continue to kick the can down the road when we should tackle our problems now — from the deficit to the Dreamers.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, praised the Senate agreement on Wednesday for promising billions in additional funds for programs that will help New Yorkers, such as community health centers and treatment for opioid addiction.
“This bipartisan and historic agreement is a major shot in the arm for middle-class families from Western New York to Staten Island all the way to the eastern end of Long Island,” Schumer said in a press release. “The budget deal doesn’t have everything Democrats want; it doesn’t have everything the Republicans want, but it has what the American people need.”

 

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