Balanced Budget Amendment
Reckless out of control deficit spending in the Congress is placing our nation deeper and deeper into debt while putting an unfair and crushing burden on generations of Americans not yet born. A balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution that will restrict the Congress from continuing to spend money that it doesn't have is essential for the longer term security of our nation. Learn more about my efforts as the Chairman of the Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus here.
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(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement after voting against the $1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014:
Seven of nine of Colorado's members of Congress voted to approve a budget compromise, with GOP Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman opposing the deal that reforms defense spending cuts and military pensions.
Coffman said he didn't like that the budget restored some money to defense spending.
"I think we should stay with the budget cuts," he said. "We need to prioritize spending within those cuts."
Gardner called the bill too modest.
In a rush to approve a bill to fund the country's military, the Senate sent to a vote Wednesday a version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act that has been stripped of local lawmakers' amendments aimed at helping combat veterans.
The House of Representatives passed a nearly identical version last week. A final vote is expected in the Senate on Thursday.
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement after voting against the budget agreement reached between House and Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA):
On October 28, 2013 Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado asked for permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the national debt.
“Mr. Speaker, on January 20, 2009, the day President Obama took office, the national debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08.