LLPH thanks Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL 5) for voting against raising the debt ceiling for three months without any spending cuts. We did NOT score this as a key vote (we did use it as an extra credit vote), due to our understanding that there was a provision that would force the senate to pass a budget (which we want to happen). But there were no spending cuts. In the future, LLPH will oppose fully any bill without spending cuts.
Here is what Congressman Brooks stated in a floor speech:
“This week, the House of Representatives faces a vote to increase America’s debt ceiling.
“Pending legislation raises the debt ceiling by roughly $300 to 400 billion dollars. What protection from the risk of insolvency and bankruptcy does America get in return?
“Are there any spending cuts? NO!
“Are there policies that spur economic growth and resulting revenue increases? NO!
“Does this proposal help fix in any way the trillion dollar deficits that threaten America with financial ruin? NO!
“Mr. Speaker, I can only speak for me. I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless significant efforts are made to fix the underlying problem of deficits and accumulated debt that force debt ceiling votes and risk America’s future.
“I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless, first, Congress passes a substantive Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment that solves the debt problem for future generations or, second, we implement sizeable spending cuts that help get our financial affairs in order.
“I take this stance full-well knowing the adverse economic effects of a failure to raise the debt ceiling, but also knowing, Mr. Speaker, that those effects pale in comparison to an insolvency and bankruptcy of the America I love.
In the future, LLPH will fully oppose any bill without spending cuts.
Here is the link to Rep. Brook’s press release: http://brooks.house.gov/press-releases/rep-mo-brooks-a-likely-no-vote-on-debt-ceiling/