Rep. Raul Ruiz helps budget deal pass House

December 12th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Rep. Raul Ruiz today endorsed a bipartisan budget deal that passed the House on a 332-94 vote.

Raul ruiz new mub“Despite its shortcomings, this budget is a step in the right direction to avert another manufactured crisis,” the Palm Desert Democrat said in a statement.

“This bipartisan agreement begins to roll back reckless, job killing sequester cuts to defense, medical research, education, infrastructure investments, and other high priority efforts as well as providing certainty to businesses, seniors, and middle class families in the Coachella Valley and across the country.

“I am pleased that both Democrats and Republicans have been able to work together to find common ground and end the irresponsible practice of governing crisis to crisis.”

According to the official vote posted by the Clerk of the House, 163 Democrats and 169 Republicans backed the budget plan.

Both of California’s senators — Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein – plan on supporting the budget plan as well.

“Senator Boxer is supporting this agreement because it restores critical investments on the domestic and defense sides,” Peter True, spokesman for Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, said in an email.

“While it is far from perfect, she believes it will give us the certainty we need over the next two years so we can focus on unaddressed issues – such as rebuilding our highways and water systems, raising the minimum wage, promoting clean energy and reforming our immigration laws.”

Feinstein released this statement to The Desert Sun in an email:

“I believe this agreement is the best that could be done and hopefully will bring about a return to regular budget agreements.”

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