Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement on the budget agreement:

“It is critical that Congress  functions more effectively.  We have a tremendous amount of work to do to grow our economy, create jobs, get our deficit under control, and strengthen our middle class, but we cannot do so moving from one crisis to another. This deal is far from perfect, but it provides relief from sequestration for critical education, housing, and transportation programs. It is a step in the right direction to get Congress back on track and focused on what is important to the American people.  I thank Senator Patty Murray and Representative Paul Ryan for their hard work and willingness to compromise. This is only the beginning. Far more work remains to be done."