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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Bishop Notes the Importance of Budget’s Passage and Stopping Defense Sequester

December 18, 2013
Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today noted the importance of the U.S. Senate's passage of the budget measure, which avoids another government shutdown, protects military and civilian defense workers in Utah, and reduces the deficit by more than $23 billion. The bill will now head to the President's desk to be signed into law.

According to a study conducted by George Mason University, defense sequestration in the State of Utah hit more than 8,000 jobs in the defense and aerospace sectors, which had a significant impact on our nation's military readiness capabilities.  

"With today's passage, we are ensuring that jobs and critical components of our national defense capabilities aren't crippled as the result of sequestration and another government shutdown. Congress has a responsibility to uphold the fundamental tenet of the Constitution to provide for the common defense of our country. This budget was far from perfect but it does protect our national defense. If we had more reasonable leadership amongst Senate democrat leaders, this bill would have likely turned out far better. The bottom line is that our country needs a budget and to get one done, we had to get past Senator Harry Reid. The fact that we have been able to avoid a shutdown, curtail the defense sequester, and reduce the deficit is significant," said Congressman Bishop.