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U.S. lawmakers representing the Mountain State react to budget deal

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Other West Virginia lawmakers reacted to the budget deal collaborated by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to provide budget certainty through 2014 and 2015.

The act is meant to reduce the deficit by $20-23 million while replacing some of the across-the-board sequester cuts in the next two years "with targeted reform and more thoughtful spending cuts."

Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., said he voted against the budget deal. McKinley said he came to Congress with the pledge to reduce spending and limit future generations with unsustainable debt.

"Unfortunately, this deal reverses some of the progress we've made," McKinley said. "It increases spending for the next two years but promises to save money in the future. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office most of the savings would come seven years from now."

The deal is important to West Virginia, abolishing an important program run at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown.
"This particular energy research program supports about 80 jobs," he added. "Limiting it diminishes one of the vital roles NETL plays to our local and national economy."

"While I applaud the fact that bipartisan discussions on the budget took place for the first time in five years, unfortunately the final product falls short. America's debt continues to grow, reaching $17.2 trillion. Just like American families, Washington must be serious about living within its means."

Rep. Shelley Moore Captio, R-W.Va., said she agrees with the deal.

"While this bill does not contain everything I would want in a budget agreement, I am pleased that it will give certainty to the economy and small businesses, eliminating the threat of a government shutdown," Capito said. "This legislation reduces our deficit by making smarter, targeted cuts. This agreement is a responsible step forward, one that I hope will lay the groundwork for future timely and balanced budgets."