Today, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 444, the Require a Plan Act. Soon after, the House passed this bill which would require the White House to produce a budget that balances within at least ten years.
Williams' remarks follow and can be viewed here.
"I rise today in support of H.R. 444, the Require a plan act. I am a small business owner and I have submitted a budget to my bank for 41 straight years. It is astounding that the President has shirked his responsibility to submit a budget on time for 4 out of the past 5 years.
Our nation has trillion dollar deficits. They are threatening the economic future of this great country, yet the President and his Democratic party leaders in the Senate have made it a habit to ignore their budgetary obligations. Under President Obama, the national debt has increased faster than under any U.S. President in history. Now is not the time to sit back and continue racking up debt that our children and grandchildren will have to shoulder, not to mention small businesses.
The American people deserve better leadership. They have made it abundantly clear that Congress should balance the federal budget just like families and business owners across the country do every single day. That's why I support the House bill requiring the President to submit a balanced budget and get Washington spending under control. I urge my colleagues on both sides to vote yes on this bill."