Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene at a committee hearing

I believe Congress must come together in a bipartisan way to find long-term budget solutions that invest in programs that help working families, create jobs, support a competitive American workforce, protect Social Security and Medicare, and rebuild an economy that works for everyone. To meet this goal, we should be making strategic investments in areas like education, research, clean energy, and infrastructure built for the 21st century. We were successful in making progress on many of these issues through the American Rescue Plan, bipartisan infrastructure law, CHIPS & Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, but we must continue to build on this progress.

Too often, Congress has kicked the can down the road, setting up future fiscal crises. As a former businesswoman, I understand that no business would budget just two or three months in advance. They plan for years at a time and work to minimize every uncertainty. Congress needs to put an end to this inefficient cycle of budgeting and get back to passing appropriations bills that cover the full fiscal year.

Congress must also ensure that the full faith and credit of the United States is never in question. Families know when bills are due, you have to pay them. The federal government is no different. I support addressing our national debt, but we cannot do so by holding our economy hostage. In May 2023, Congress and President Biden reached a compromise agreement to avoid a federal default and lower the deficit. I’m working to ensure this deal is implemented as written.