Congressman Mike Rogers made the following comments today after voting for H. J. Res. 2, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
"Our economy is suffering with little relief in sight, our unemployment rate remains high and Americans are discouraged about the future of our country. Most East Alabamians agree with me that the Federal government's inability to live within its means is one of the long-term threats to our nation's economic health. That's why I supported H.J. Res. 2 because I believe over the long term a balanced Federal budget each year is better for our economy.
"At a time when the national debt is expected to surpass 100% of GDP, Washington needs to take a lesson from hard working families and get its budget in order. The American people deserve better. This bill is a good first step in helping advance the debate about cutting unnecessary spending and holding Washington accountable for its spending. I am disappointed it did not receive the required two-thirds majority vote for passage."
Rogers is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security.