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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Senate Democrat Spending Deal: A Debt Junkie's Dream

February 7, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Following a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning, Congressman Mo Brooks issued a statement on the Senate Democrat spending bill expected to reach the House later this week:

“Yesterday, the House passed with my supporting vote a spending bill that increases national security spending by more than $50 billion while limiting all other federal discretionary spending at 2017 levels. As such, yesterday’s spending bill walked a narrow path between financial responsibility and adequate national security funding.

“Today, Senate Democrats demand excessive non-defense spending that America simply cannot afford. Despite America’s dire financial straits, Senate Democrats demand that we spend money we don’t have, have to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. In sum, the Senate Democrat spending bill is a debt junkie’s dream. If the Senate Democrat debt junkie spending bill passes, America’s annual deficit in 2018 is likely to blow through the trillion dollar mark indefinitely until the country suffers a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that destroys a proud nation it took our ancestors centuries to build.

“In a national bankruptcy, the Constitution and federal statutes mandate that debt service and entitlement spending be paid first, leaving little, if anything, for national defense or NASA. As such, in a national bankruptcy, the military and NASA would likely be zeroed out, thereby risking the lives of all Americans while, at a local level, doing great damage to the Tennessee Valley’s economy.

“I cannot and will not vote to destroy a country it took our ancestors centuries to build. Yet, that is exactly what I am asked to do by those who want me to vote for the Senate Democrat debt junkie spending bill that America simply cannot afford.”

The video clip is available HERE.

The transcript of the one-minute floor speech follows:

Mr. Speaker, Republicans won the House in 2010 in part because of the danger posed by America’s 4-year string of trillion dollar deficits.

House Republicans sliced America’s deficit to $438 billion in 2015.[1] But then our finances took a dramatic turn for the worse.

America’s deficits surged to $585 billion in 2016[2] and $666 billion in 2017.[3]

Congress is expected to soon vote on a debt junkie’s spending bill that blows America’s deficit sky high . . . by hundreds of billions of dollars in 2018 alone![4]

Mr. Speaker, there is a narrow path between adequate national security funding and avoiding a national insolvency that decimates our military and risks American lives. 

That path is as narrow as Zion National Park’s Angel’s Landing Trail. One misstep left or right and you fall hundreds of feet to your death.

The Senate’s spending bill is a debt junkie’s dream, a nightmare, and a misstep that plunges America into disaster.

This bill must not pass.

[1] https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51384-marchbaseline.pdf , p. 2.

[2] https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52801-june2017outlook.pdf , p. 13.

[3] https://www.thebalance.com/us-deficit-by-year-3306306 ; https://www.cbo.gov/topics/budget

[4] Politico: “ The deal is expected to bust budget caps by $300 billion for both domestic and defense programs over the next two years.”  https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/06/budget-deal-senate-2018-393629 .  Roll Call:  “House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told reporters Tuesday afternoon, citing what he had heard is an “almost $300 billion plus up” on the budget caps with at least $63 billion going to nondiscretionary funding in the current and next fiscal year.” http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/day-reckoning-arrives-amid-shutdown-showdown .  The Hill:  minimum $220 billion spending increase.  http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/372621-senate-leaders-say-theyre-zeroing-in-on-two-year-budget-deal

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