"By a vote of 214-210, the House has just passed the final agreement on the fiscal year 2009 budget (S. Con. Res. 70). For the first time since the year 2000, the Congress will pass a budget during an election year. This budget is fiscally responsible, reduces the deficit, and returns the nation's budget to balance in 2012 and is fully compliant with pay-as-you-go budget rules. This fiscally responsible budget meets our obligation to defend our country, invest in our energy security, cut taxes for the middle class, care for our veterans, strengthen America's economy and create jobs."