(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee today applauded her committee's passage of its fiscal year 2008 funding bill. The budget will now go to the floor of the Senate for approval and then to a conference committee with the House.
"I've always said that a budget is a statement of priorities, and finally - this year, we have a budget that matches the priorities of America's families.
"We all want our country to be strong again, and I believe the way to do that is to invest here at home -- in our schools, our infrastructure and our communities. That's exactly what this budget does. Furthermore, our budget makes those investments in a responsible way, while still providing every dollar the President seeks for defense spending over the next five years. With this budget, we're proving that we can invest in our people, our communities and our security without sacrificing future prosperity.
"Last November, the American people demanded a new direction, and the budget we passed through Committee today reflects that new direction. It says no longer will our veterans be shortchanged on their medical care, no longer will our communities face painful cuts in housing, no longer will our ports have gaping security holes, no longer will our schools be under funded, no longer will community healthcare be undermined at the federal level, and no longer will we keep forcing more debt onto our children and grandchildren without a plan to bring the budget back into balance.
"We've said all along that there's a better way, and this budget proves it.
"Now I recognize that we couldn't fund everything that everyone wants. No budget could. But this budget finally moves us in the right direction in a responsible way, and that's a dramatic new start for this Senate."
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