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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

After Mo Brooks' Impassioned House Floor Speech, Democrats Kill Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment

April 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC— On Thursday, shortly after Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) delivered an impassioned, 6+ minute House floor speech about America’s debt threat, Democrats killed a proposed Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment on a 233 “Aye” to 184 “No” vote that failed to clear the two-thirds majority needed to pass a constitutional amendment. Ninety-seven percent of House Republicans supported Balanced Budget Amendment (by a 226 “Aye” to 6 “No” margin). In contrast, 96% of House Democrats voted against the Balanced Budget Amendment (by a 7 “Aye” to 178 “No” margin).

Video of the speech can be found HERE

Excerpts from Congressman Brooks’ House floor speech follow:

“I'd like to reiterate some of the comments of others here and make it very clear we have been warned over the years, in writing, by the Congressional Budget Office, by the Government Accountability Office, and by Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the United States, that our current financial path is unsustainable. In accounting language, that means insolvency and bankruptcy. 

“It is very important that we do not become the debtor, as warned in Proverbs 22:7, that becomes a slave to the creditor, who becomes the master. In that vein, let's be clear about who one of our masters is, one of our creditors, China. $1.2 trillion. Perhaps they long term will be a geopolitical friend but there's also a chance they will be a geopolitical foe. Do we really want them to have control over our fate as a country?”

“So, it's important that we have a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment that forces Washington, DC to act like every family has to act, to act like every city, county, and state government has to act, to act like every business has to act, and that's to act within our financial means, act within our financial resources.”