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Congressman Mo Brooks: "Washington Debt Junkies Refuse to Kick the Habit"

October 13, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today voted “No” on the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 1301, raising the debt ceiling.

Congressman Brooks said, “Washington Debt Junkies can’t kick the habit. They continue to push financial insanity to new heights by adding $480 billion to America’s debt limit. America’s debt will soon blow through the $30 trillion mark. That is roughly $90,000 in debt for every man, woman and child in America. America’s deficit exceeded $3 trillion in FY 2020 and is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to again break the $3 trillion mark in FY 2021.”[1]

Brooks concluded, “Debt Junkie spending is excessive. It is dangerous. Yet, Debt Junkies refuse to acknowledge the error of their ways and do what is necessary to avoid a debilitating national insolvency and bankruptcy. Without corrective measures, that’s where America is headed.[2] Debt junkies must face reality, or America’s greatness will be relegated to a shadow of its former self.”

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[1] Congressional Budget Office, “An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2021 to 2031,” July 2021, https://www.cbo.gov/publication/57339.

[2] Government Accountability Office, “Even before COVID-19, the federal government's long-term fiscal path was unsustainable because debt was growing faster than the economy. By the end of FY 2019, debt held by the public had climbed to 79% of GDP. It is expected to reach 195% of GDP by FY 2050.” https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-161t