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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after voting to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year:

“This funding bill includes significant cuts to government spending.  It includes almost $40 billion in cuts and reduces spending by $78.5 billion over the budget proposed by President Obama.

“But it is only a start and we should now work together across party lines to bring down our long-term debt in a responsible way that continues to grow the economy and create jobs and protects middle-income families and older Pennsylvanians.

“This bill is, however, not perfect.  For example, the cuts to local law enforcement come at a time when drug and gang crime is escalating in Pennsylvania.  Local law enforcement needs additional help to keep our communities safe.”


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