Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05)
September 22, 2021
Washington, DC— Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.R. 5304, the Socialist Democrats’ financially reckless continuing resolution and debt-ceiling-raising bill.
Congressman Brooks said, “Socialist Democrat and Republican ‘Debt Junkies’ are hell-bent on bankrupting America. 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. America’s Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, regularly describes America’s financial state as ‘unsustainable,’ accounting language for an impending national insolvency and bankruptcy. America’s financial situation is dire. Congressional Debt Junkies bury their heads in the sand and spend with reckless abandon. Ultimately, their callous disregard for economic realities will destroy the America it took our ancestors centuries to build.”
Brooks continued, “An historical by-product of excessive and dangerous budget deficits is inflation. At 5.4 percent, inflation broke a 13-year high in August thanks to Debt Junkies’ out-of-control Washington spending. Stated differently, if your family did not get a 5.4% pay raise during the past year, then you suffered a pay cut in real dollar terms. Further, if you are elderly and living off life-time savings, your ability to take care of yourself was cut by 5.4% over the past 12 months. Instead of being financially responsible and restraining out-of-control spending, Congressional Debt Junkies seek to raise the debt ceiling so they can engage in even more selfish, destructive conduct.”
Brooks concluded, “Debt Junkie spending is excessive. It is dangerous. I will vote against both the debt ceiling increase and excessive spending that Debt Junkies in Congress selfishly rely on to get reelected.”
 Congressional Budget Office, “An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2021 to 2031,” July 2021, https://www.cbo.gov/publication/57339.
 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “TED: The Economics Daily,” September 17, 2021, https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/consumer-price-index-rose-5-3-percent-over-the-year-ending-august-2021.htm.