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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Votes for Responsible Budget Agreement

October 28, 2015
Press Release
Deal reduces the deficit, averts government default, and fixes loophole that would have resulted in drastic Medicare premium increases for vulnerable seniors

Washington, DC—October 28, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted to support a two-year bipartisan budget agreement. Among other provisions, the legislation maintains the budget trajectory set by the 2011 Budget Control Act to realize $2 trillion in savings by 2021. All spending increases are offset by cuts and savings elsewhere in the budget, and the deal includes no tax increases.

Congressman Donovan said, “Representatives are sent to Washington to find solutions. This isn’t a perfect deal, but it delivers results: the federal government will pay its debts, responsible spending caps will continue, seniors will not see outrageous increases in their Medicare premiums, and a major provision of Obamacare will be repealed.”

A quirk in regulations governing Medicare would have resulted dramatic premium increases for tens of thousands of local seniors next year. This deal solves the problem by finding savings elsewhere in the budget. Further, the agreement protects the Social Security Disability Insurance program by avoiding 20 percent across-the-board cuts to beneficiaries next year.

The agreement also eliminates Obamacare’s “auto-enrollment mandate,” which forces employees to automatically enroll in employer health care plans regardless of whether they want or need the coverage.