Thu January 16, 2014
Illinois Reps. Support Federal Spending Bill
The budget bill that cleared the U.S. House Wednesday received widespread support from Illinois' Congressional delegation.
The more than $1-trillion dollar spending package now heads to the Senate.
14th District Republican Randy Hultgren says the bi-partisan deal moves Congress away from governing by crisis. He adds that it restores the normal appropriations process which includes more oversight and prioritization. Fellow Republican Peter Roskam, who represents the 6th District, says it doesn't get everything they want out of a spending agreement. But he says it marks real progress in the fight to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington.
Meanwhile, 17th District Democrat Cheri Bustos notes that it will benefit Illinois in several ways, including money to help activate Thomson Prison.
All House members from Illinois that took action cast a "yes" vote. Chicago Democrat Bobby Rush did not vote.