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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Votes to Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement for FY 2020 and 2021

July 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) voted to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877), legislation that improves upon the harmful cuts contained in President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal, and increases discretionary funding limits for FY 2020 and 2021 while suspending the debt limit for two years, helping to secure a strong future for programs important to eastern Connecticut and to the American people. The Bipartisan Budget Act is the result of negotiations between bipartisan Congressional leadership and the Trump Administration, and passed the House by a vote of 284-149.

“The full faith and credit of the United States should never come into question,” said Congressman Courtney. “With the passage of our bipartisan budget deal today, the House did its job to ensure that the U.S. will remain the leader in the global economy, and in national security. H.R. 3877 isn’t about future spending—it’s about paying for what we’ve already invested in. The bill we passed today in the House secures robust funding for important domestic programs, ensures that our national security remains second-to-none, and helps us avoid another government shutdown—a disastrous situation for many in eastern Connecticut.  I was glad to join my colleagues in voting to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act today, and am proud of the bipartisan fashion in which the bill was crafted, with significant input from Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle as well as the Administration.”

Without Congressional action, the statutory caps on discretionary funding will force an 11% cut to defense and a 9% cut to non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs for FY 2020, relative to the amounts provided for FY 2019. Such deep and instantaneous cuts would have a devastating impact on U.S. national security and on the strength of the U.S. economy. The Bipartisan Budget Act replaces these deep cuts with a realistic budgetary framework—negotiated and agreed to by Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle, in conjunction with the Administration—so that Congress, through its annual appropriations bills, can make critical investments in our nation’s infrastructure, national security, and people.

The Bipartisan Budget Act also reverses budgetary cuts proposed by President Trump that would see accounts for defense and NDD programs slashed dramatically, and instead provides a $22 billion increase for defense programs and a $27 billion increase for NDD programs for FY 2020—bipartisan affirmation that both are important to our country’s security and prosperity.

For more information on H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, click here.