Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 284-149, will protect the full faith and credit of the U.S. government and provide robust investment in our national security, infrastructure, education, and health care for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

“Today, the House of Representatives put partisanship aside to do the right thing For The People,” said Crist. “Although not perfect – no compromise is – the Bipartisan Budget Act is a win for the middle class. It will provide the American people with two years of budget certainty, significantly reducing the risk of a shutdown, while making needed investments in veterans, national defense, medical research, infrastructure, and education. Floridians are tired of Congress careening from crisis to crisis. The Bipartisan Budget Act gives the American people a break from the brinksmanship that has marred our national politics for too long.

“At the same time, I am disappointed that the bill continues the trend of the Trump Administration’s trillion dollar deficits, only exacerbated by the $1.9 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest and largest corporations. As someone who balanced four consecutive budgets as Governor, I know firsthand about the tough decisions required to be fiscally responsible. As we move forward, the need for a Balanced Budget Amendment only grows.”

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