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Dec 11, 2013 12:50 AM by Kirsten Boyd

Colorado U.S senators reacts to budget deal

Colorado U.S. Senators are reacting with optimism to the proposed budget agreement.

"This framework - the result of the give-and-take Coloradans expect from their leaders in Congress - is hopefully the first step in a renewed, serious push toward a larger bipartisan deal to reduce the federal deficit and bring greater economic certainty. If passed, this bipartisan budget will also help avoid another senseless government shutdown," said Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado.

In a statement to News 5, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, wrote, "In a place that has too often lived up to its reputation as the land of flickering lights, with its habit of passing critical bills at the last possible moment or even missing deadlines altogether and letting the government shut down, today's announcement is a step in the right direction."

Bennet went on to state, "We'll look forward to reviewing the details of this budget agreement in the coming days. Ultimately, we need to work towards a comprehensive, bipartisan budget plan that materially reduces the deficit and shows we're all in this together. This is what Coloradans in countless town halls across the state have told me. Coloradans and the American people deserve no less."

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray announced Tuesday a scaled-back budget agreement that is expected to be approved by Congress this week. The proposal would restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts. The deal doesn't address a Democratic push to extend benefits for workers unemployed longer than 26 weeks. That program expires three days after Christmas and means an estimated 1.3 million individuals will be cut off.

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