"It's the vote I've been asking for for weeks, the vote that we asked to be taken before we got into this situation, and this totally reckless, avoidable, manufactured crisis we found ourselves in accomplished nothing except bringing pain to the American public," Walz said.
The Mankato Democrat said he expects that all House Democrats will vote for the deal and there will be enough Republican votes for it to pass. The plan raises the debt limit through Feb. 7 and would reopen the government through Jan. 15. It also would provide back pay for furloughed federal employees and require income verification for individuals receiving subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The proposal also creates a plan for long-term budget talks between the House and Senate.
Walz said he is optimistic that a similar budget showdown will not happen in three months because of the outcry from the American public generated by this budget standoff.
"I can't imagine someone thinking that this type of activity would be in any way beneficial again. I think the backlash from the public would be severe. I think it would be much more lasting," he said.
He added that he is not thrilled to be voting for a proposal that maintains the sequester-level cuts, which include $1.7 billion in cuts for the National Institutes of Health, but he is willing to compromise.
"I think it's wrong. I think it hurts people, and I think it hurts economic growth to not prioritize things like education and basic research, but I am willing to vote for that," he said.
Lastly, Walz said no one in Congress should be celebrating the fact they managed to come together to carry out the basic function of funding government.
He added, "There had better not be any gloating on this. There had better not be any backslapping on this."