Tonight Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) voted yes on the Budget Control Act of 2011, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 218 to 210 and included a key provision guaranteeing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Brooks worked alongside senior Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-06) and members of House leadership toward including a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment in the legislation.
Congressman Brooks made the following statement:
"Tonight I voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011, which includes a provision for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment.
"There is only one reliable solution that protects America from financial ruin: a debt ceiling increase coupled with a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. America must give Washington the backbone it lacks. That backbone is a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment forcing Washington to do the right thing.
"Thomas Jefferson said, "I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.' He was right. With the Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment, Congress and the White House cannot continue to make life easier for ourselves on the backs of our grandchildren.
"The Budget Control Act of 2011, coupled with the Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment provision, is essential because over the long term America faces a debt crisis. If trillion dollar deficits continue to run rampant, America's insolvency and bankruptcy is certain. A federal government bankruptcy risks America's national defense capabilities, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, NASA, and everything else the federal government does.
"The House has already passed Cut, Cap and Balance, and tonight we have given the White House and Senate another plan to solve America's financial crisis while they have yet to offer any of their own. It's time for the Senate and White House to pitch in and work with the House to solve this fiscal crisis before it is too late."