Last week’s federal budget compromise is getting a thumbs-up from Illinois Republicans in Congress.
“Just as the sequester was all about reducing spending, this continues to reduce spending by another $21 billion below the amount the sequester was going to cut,” says U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria), “it does it in a more humane way. It's not just an across-the-board, whack-job cut.”
“We crafted a budget agreement that keeps us out of a budget fight,” says U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville). “This budget deal allows us not to have a continuing resolution fight in January, not have another one in October.”
Shimkus, adding he's glad the government will stop giving unemployment checks to criminals and any kind of money to people who are dead, says with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) leading the negotiations in the Senate, there should be little problem getting the budget through the Senate.