On Tuesday, Utah Senator Mike Lee voted against The Budget Control Act. The following is a statement from Senator Lee on the Act, which he calls a “disappointing failure”:
вЂњThe Budget Control Act represents a disappointing failure on the part of this Congress. We have squandered the best opportunity we had to fundamentally reform the way Washington spends money and put the nation on a sustainable path toward a balanced budget.
“Instead, this bill increases our national debt by more than $2 trillion and cuts spending by only $7 billion over the same time period. There is no reliable enforcement mechanism for future spending reductions. We only have the hollow promises from a Congress that created the mess in the first place.
The Act contains neither a balanced budget amendment nor any other structural spending reform to end the federal governmentвЂ™s fiscal irresponsibility. Worse, it creates a вЂSuper CongressвЂ™ with the power to submit legislation that cannot be amended and could raise taxes on the American people. This is not at all what we were elected to do.вЂќ