Welch state­ment on bud­get deal vote

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– Rep. Peter Welch is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment af­ter the House voted on a bud­get deal ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the White House and con­gres­sional lead­ers. Welch op­posed the mea­sure, which passed by a vote of 269 to 161.

“From the start of this de­bate, I have been guided by two ob­jec­tives: First, Amer­ica must pay its bills. Congress and the Pres­i­dent should ne­go­ti­ate, but Amer­ica should never de­fault. Sec­ond, we need a bal­anced agree­ment that puts ev­ery­thing on the ta­ble.

“While I am pleased that, with this agree­ment, Amer­ica will con­tinue to pay its bills, I voted against it be­cause it is not a bal­anced plan with shared sac­ri­fice. It ig­nores glar­ing in­equities in the fed­eral tax code while cut­ting pro­grams im­por­tant to the mid­dle class, se­niors, and low­in­come Amer­i­cans. There is sim­ply no ex­cuse for con­don­ing con­tin­ued tax breaks for Wall Street hedge fund man­agers, the ethanol in­dus­try and big oil com­pa­nies while the mid­dle class strug­gles to hang on to their jobs, pay their bills and send their chil­dren to col­lege.

“I also voted against this bill be­cause it val­i­dates the tac­tic of putting a gun to the head of the Amer­i­can econ­omy to ad­vance a party’s agenda. Never be­fore has a will­ful ma­jor­ity in Congress held hostage the full faith and credit of the United States of Amer­ica in or­der to get its way on the bud­get. This is a dan­ger­ous prece­dent that will make it more dif­fi­cult than ever for Congress to meet the many chal­lenges fac­ing our coun­try. It is re­gret­table that those who em­ployed it have suc­ceeded.” but a few. Fri­day night started off with a bang, as thun­der storms bat­tered the site around mid­night. Campers and the mu­si­cal group Bad Un­cle seemed un­daunted, as tents were still be­ing erected and the mu­sic con­tin­ued to fill the air into the wee hours of the morn­ing.

Satur­day brought fine weather and the camp­site was filled with campers en­joy­ing mu­sic, frizbee and so­cial­iz­ing. Many at­ten­dees wan­dered back and forth from the camp­ing area to the fes­ti­val site through­out the day, en­joy­ing shows that in­cluded cir­cus per­for­mances and work­shops, skate­board­ing, clowns and live mu­sic. Food was avail­able on site in ad­di­tion to ac­tiv­i­ties to amuse younger chil­dren, so fam­i­lies were able to stay all week­end to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Shaz­am­fest is an an­nual event self-de­scribed on their Twit­ter page as ‘A 3-day, cabaret­style mash-up of mu­sic, cir­cus and sport.’ If you throw in the fact it is also a na­ture ex­pe­ri­ence, given the camp­ing as­pect, I would say the def­i­ni­tion is rel­a­tively ac­cu­rate.

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