Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement upon voting early this morning against the Senate budget, which increases government spending by 62 percent over the next decade and raises taxes on Americans by $1.5 trillion:

“While I was initially encouraged that, after four years, the Senate planned to produce a budget, I am disappointed in the result: more taxes, more spending, and more debt. Nebraskans are tired of these failed tax-and-spend policies; they know we can do better. It’s time for lawmakers to step up, make tough decisions, and do their jobs.”

The budget, approved by a narrow vote of 50-49 in the early hours of Saturday morning, is the first budget produced by the Senate in four years. It adds $7.3 trillion to the $17 trillion national debt over the next decade.