U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution:

“Nebraskans have a reason to be prudently optimistic: for the first time in years, Congress has an opportunity to pass a budget that leads to balance. The Senate budget offers a roadmap to tackle Washington’s runaway spending, set long-term priorities, and start working on entitlement reform.

“This isn’t a perfect budget—I would have preferred more urgency in fixing Washington’s broken entitlement and poverty programs—but it is a roadmap. I’m optimistic that my colleagues and I are just beginning a conversation about the things Nebraskans regard as the most important duties of government.”

The budget resolution was adopted by a vote of 52-46.