U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of 12 Republican Senators to vote in favor of a bipartisan budget deal today.
The 67-33 vote cleared an administrative hurdle, in preparation for a vote on Thursday.
Murkowski joined Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Orrin Hatch of Utah, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.
We’ve previously spoken to Matthew Felling in Senator Murkowski’s office.
Felling: “Well we had seen some development with regards to more budget certainty really coming together over the last week or two on Captaol Hill. Nobody wants to see a replay of the fiscal cliff from last New Year’s Eve, and nobody wants to repeat a shutdown that really had a larger impact in Alaska than a lot of other places, given the federal government’s footprint in our state.”
Felling said Murkowski felt the deal was a positive step, even if it isn’t ideal…
Felling: “The business community and Americans would benefit from having the certainty that the government isn’t just going to shut down and the government’s going to get out of the way and let things proceed. So those are the positives there. But Senator Murkowski’s disappointed that this doesn’t contain the ultimate key to really digging into our debt problem, mandatory spending reform.”
Felling said Murkowski also wants to restructure the tax code to make it simpler.