Debt ceiling increase passes Congress

September 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Congress passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling without making any budget cuts.  President Donald Trump brokered a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  GOP conservatives, including most of the Alabama Delegation, who had been pushing for spending restraints opposed the bipartisan deal.

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Rogers proposes tax on wire transfers to pay for the Border Wall

March 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 30, 2017, US Representatives Mike Rogers (R-Saks) introduced HR1813, the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017. This bill, which is supported and endorsed by FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, would impose a 2 percent fee on all remittances headed south of the US border.

Congressman Rogers said in a statement, “President Trump has made it very clear that he intends to complete a wall along our Southern border. As a senior member of the Homeland Security committee, I have long supported the border wall, which will protect Americans.”
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Palmer and Brooks Vote to Ensure America Never Defaults on its Debt

October 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 21, US Representatives Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) voted for HR692, the Default Prevention Act.  HR692 was introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California), and passed the Republican controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 235 to 194.

This bill would ensure that the debt of the United States is always paid, and default is always avoided, by ensuring that the Treasury can always borrow for the sole purpose of paying the principal and interest on the debt held by the public, or the Social Security Trust Fund, in the event the statutory debt limit is reached. This takes the threat of default off of the table in any future government “shutdowns.”
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Brooks Discusses Debt Ceiling on CNBC

October 16, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Most everyone in Washington wants to raise the debt ceiling yet again even though the national debt is rapidly approaching $17 trillion. On Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville appeared on the CNBC show Closing Bell with hosts Maria Bartiromo and Bill Griffeth to discuss his views on the current debt ceiling debate.
Congressman Brooks said, “It’s not whether we have enough money to pay our creditors. It’s whether or not the President of the United States will violate the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution and not pay our lawful debts. It’s where the President of the United States is not going to allocate out of that $2.5 trillion revenue in our annual basis, the hundreds of billions of dollars it takes to pay interest on the debt. That’s the issue.”
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Brooks Says, “ I Fight Because America’s Future Depends on It.”

October 8, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville took to the floor of the to explain his position on the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, and the debate on the unpopular Affordable Care Act and how those things relate to America’s future.

Rep. Brooks said, “As bad as government shutdown and debt ceiling risks may be, they are relatively inconsequential compared to the economic devastation resulting from an American bankruptcy.”
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Brooks Voted NO on Raising Debt Ceiling

January 24, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The U.S. House voted today to lift the debt ceiling until May to avoid a debt crisis that would have dominated the month of February.

U.S. Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville refused to support the bill as written.  Rep. Brooks said on Facebook, “This morning, I stated on the House floor that I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless significant efforts are made to fix the underlying problem of deficits and accumulated debt that risk America’s future.”
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Roby Critical of Obama’s Budget Policies

January 10, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

RollCall is reporting that the President is unlikely to submit a budget to Congress by the deadline required by law.

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said on Facebook, “Looks like the President is running late on submitting his budget to Congress. Of course, that might not even matter since the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in almost four years.”

Congresswoman Roby said, “I don’t understand the casual way some seem to deal with the budgeting process, one of the fundamental responsibilities of governing. The government must live within its means. That’s why the House has passed a budget that finally begins to restrain federal spending and reduce the deficit. The borrow-and-spend mentality many of our friends on the other side seem to have will only exacerbate our fiscal problems and lead us to become more like Greece. It doesn’t have to be that way. It’s time for fiscal sanity in Washington.”
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