U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement regarding the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011:
"House Republicans have once again passed a responsible plan to change Washington's culture of spending money we don't have. President Obama asked Congress to increase the debt limit with no spending cuts or reforms; House Republicans refused to write a blank check that will allow Washington to continue its unrestricted spending spree.
"Our plan represents another step in the right direction, and I am encouraged by House Republicans' commitment to cutting bloated federal spending. The Budget Control Act reduces our debt, avoids default on our current obligations and empowers our nation's job creators to start investing and hiring again. Our plan also requires that a Balanced Budget Amendment be sent to the states before the President can request another increase in the debt limit. I strongly support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution as the only permanent solution to our spending-driven debt crisis.
"Since January, House Republicans have led the fight in shrinking government and cutting spending with our "Path to Prosperity' budget and "Cut, Cap and Balance' legislation. While the President continues to push for tax hikes on American families and small businesses, we recognize that our current crisis is not the result of taxing too little but spending beyond our means. It's time for Senate Democrats and President Obama to join our efforts to provide certainty to the free enterprise system so our nation's families and entrepreneurs may pursue the American dream."