Dismayed with 'No' Vote on Budget Compromise

In a letter to the editor in the Casper-Star Tribune, Paul Hansen, western states regional director for The Concord Coalition, reminds Wyoming's congressional delegation, all of whom voted against the recent budget agreement, of the need for compromise in dealing with the nation's fiscal challenges. The guest column can also be found here on the newspaper's website.

For 22 years, the Concord Coalition has been the nation's leading advocate for reducing the national debt. We are dismayed that all three members of Wyoming’s delegation to the U.S. Congress voted against the recent budget compromise. This bill is an important step forward, even if it does not do nearly enough to reduce long-term structural deficits. Our delegation all voted for more government dysfunction, gridlock and another expensive and wasteful government shutdown.

This compromise, crafted by House budget chair Republican Paul Ryan and Senate budget chair Democrat Patty Murray, is a first move toward more fiscally responsible bipartisan budget compromises. Wyoming is the only state in America where the entire delegation voted against compromise and for more gridlock.

Our elected officials need to explain to those of us who elected them what their plan is for deficit reduction, or governing on any issue, without compromise.