JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe is speaking out about a bill passed in the house that could help settle the budget battle -- 'for now' -- and prevent another partial government shutdown.
Roe says he voted for what some people are calling the "compromise budget bill." The deal sets spending levels for 2014 and 2015. It lifts about $63 billion from the mandatory sequester spending cuts.
Roe says this bill is a step in the right direction, but there are other issues lawmakers will have to look at that could have bigger impacts on the budget. "If we don't do something to those programs, in less than 10 years Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and interest on the national debt will consume the entire budget. There will be no money for anything else. So it's not a matter of if we do it it's when we do it and how we do it," said Roe.
Roe tells us he expects the bill to pass in the Senate. He says they should vote on it sometime this week.