Shelton\u2019s two members of Congress were split on the federal budget compromise that passed the U.S. House by an overwhelming margin on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes opposed the bill while U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted against it. Himes: \u2018Step in right direction\u2019 \u201cThis budget is not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction,\u201d said Himes, a three-term Democrat. \u201cWe are finally moving forward, before the eleventh hour, with a bipartisan plan.\u201d Himes said now Congress must address longer-term issues in a comprehensive way. \u201cI look forward to working with my colleagues on more comprehensive deficit reduction that includes reforming the tax code, fairly reforming our entitlement programs, and retooling our priorities to ensure we are spending on things that matter for the future \u2014 like education and transportation \u2014 rather than the past,\u201d he said. DeLauro: Includes wrong priorities DeLauro called her vote in opposition \u201can incredibly difficult decision...The New York Times described it as \u2018The Minimalist Budget Deal.\u2019 It eases the indiscriminate, deeply harmful budget cuts, but only for two years. They should be gone permanently. \u201cFunding for what should be our top priorities \u2014 education, health, child care, job training and infrastructure \u2014 has steadily eroded,\u201d said DeLauro, a 12-term Democrat who is considered more liberal than Himes. \u201cThis [budget bill] locks in our lack of commitment to growing our economy, creating jobs, restoring social mobility, and closing tax loopholes on wealthy corporations and individuals. A compromise bill The budget bill was approved 332-94 margin in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, and now goes to the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate for a vote. The bill was negotiated by the two budget committee leaders \u2014 Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the House, and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington state in the Senate. It was a compromise bill that would prevent shutdowns of the federal government for two years. However, the deal is being criticized by both the far right and far left for various reasons. Deficit impact is debated According to Himes, the bill will partially roll back the sequester scheduled for next two fiscal years and increase spending caps for those two years. Himes said the agreement restores $63 billion in federal spending authority, offset by $85 billion in cuts to mandatory programs and increases in non-tax revenues. Himes said the compromise bill provides $23 billion in deficit reduction over an extended period. That level of reduction has been sharply criticized by conservatives, who point out the federal deficit during the current fiscal year alone could be $600 billion. Shelton has two members of Congress The city of Shelton is divided between the Third District, represented by DeLauro, and the Fourth District, represented by fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. The Third District is centered in New Haven County. DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. The Fourth District includes most of Fairfield County. Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008.