(U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, an Athens Republican representing McDuffie County and Georgia's 10th District, released the following statement on his vote against the Budget Control Act, which passed the House of Representatives 269-161.)
In 10 years, I truly believe that our national debt will be significantly higher than it is today and that we will have left a legacy of irresponsibility for our children and grandchildren to inherit. That is why I could not vote to raise the debt ceiling today. It is dangerous and it is wrong to pile trillions of dollars worth of new debt onto those generations to come.
I am deeply disappointed that this bill does not address the root of our fiscal problems -- Washington's spending habits. Instead of fundamentally rearranging and reforming the way that our nation budgets and allocates money, the Budget Control Act offers meager cuts at best; the majority of which will be implemented over a ten year time span. Most importantly, this blueprint for our country's financial future does not address paying down our national debt.
Mark my words, by giving the Obama Administration the green light to spend another $2.4 trillion today, it's just a matter of time before we will be having this same debt ceiling debate again. I will continue to fight for the people in the 10th Congressional District of Georgia and for the rest of the American people that want to see deep federal spending cuts, and a real solution for paying down the national debt."