WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) issued the following statement on the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement:

“From the beginning of this manufactured crisis, Democrats have been committed to doing what is responsible — preventing a catastrophic default and protecting the services Americans rely on. Tonight, we upheld that commitment.

“MAGA Republicans forced a lose-lose proposition onto the American people: devastating cuts or a devastating default. It’s clear they don’t care what happens to everyday families, as long as the GOP can keep playing its political games.

“There is no perfect negotiation when you’re the victim of extortion. But under the leadership of President Biden, we fought for core Democratic priorities and won, protecting Social Security, Medicare, climate resiliency, veterans’ benefits, and health care. We stood with our veterans, seniors, and families — because we will always put people over politics.”

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