Rep. Cook Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) today voted for H.J. Res. 2, the Balanced Budget Amendment. Despite winning a majority of the vote in the House, it failed to garner the required 2/3 vote to pass.
H.J. Res 2 would have amended the Constitution to require that Congress not spend more than it receives in revenue. It would have required a three-fifths vote of both legislative bodies to raise the limit on the debt, and would require the President to submit a proposed budget to Congress in which the proposed expenditures do not exceed total receipts. Congress could still waive these requirements for any year that the United States is engaged in military conflict that causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is declared so by both the Senate and the House.
Rep. Cook said, “I’m disappointed that the Balanced Budget Amendment couldn’t get enough votes to pass. Our national debt is now over $20 trillion. Federal spending needs to be reined in and this would force the federal government to live within its means instead of saddling future generations with more and more debt. I hope that we can bring this up again and pass it.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.