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Mid-Michigan House members to vote "yes" on budget deal

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(12/12/13) - The House of Representatives will vote Thursday night on a two-year federal spending plan – a bipartisan agreement our Mid-Michigan lawmakers say they can support.  

This could be the last piece of legislation the House of Representatives votes on before heading out of town for Christmas break.

The budget deal Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Patty Murray reached earlier this week funds the federal government for two years, and sets spending at just over $1 trillion for 2014 and 2015. It would also reduce the deficit by $23 billion and avoids another government shutdown in January.

Though they say neither side got everything they were looking for, Mid-Michigan Reps. Dave Camp (R-04), Dan Kildee (D-05), and Candice Miller (R-10) all plan on voting "yes."

ABC12's Washington correspondent Ted Fioraliso asked Kildee what he thought was the primary positive for voting yes.  He answered, "It's that we don't have a threat of a government shutdown, which could wreck the economy.  This isn't the budget that I would write if I were doing it myself, but there are 435 other members.  This gives us some certainty."

Camp said, "This actually gives us more deficit reduction than we would have under the sequester, so that's a positive.  And it does so without raising taxes.  And I think getting a two-year budget is really important for getting some certainty in this whole budgeting process.  We all know the difficulties we've had in trying to come together on that, so I think it's an important step forward."

Not everyone is on board with this budget deal – both very liberal and very conservative members of Congress don't think it goes far enough.  Still, experts believe the bill will pass the House, and be sent to the Senate.
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