Representative Doug Collins, of Georgia’s 9th Congressional district, spoke yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Collins spoke in regards to an amendment to House Resolution 444, also referred to as the Require a Plan Act of 2013.
“I rise to support this amendment because in Washington political will has replaced principled leadership and our economy is paying the price,” Collins said. “These discussions over spending cuts and fiscal priorities can be difficult. Telling the President that he has failed to lead can make my friends on the other side of the aisle uncomfortable, but we cannot let the emotion of the moment override the honesty of the moment.
The resolution obligates the president to generate a balanced budget within a 10-year window, or to provide a supplemental budget plan by April 1st, 2013, that identifies the year in which a balanced budget would be reached.
The amendment requires the inclusion of the cost per tax-payer of the annual deficit for each year the budget is projected to be in deficit.
HR 444 originally passed in the house with a vote of 228-189, with 14 representatives not voting.
The legislation was first introduced on February 1st by Representative Tom Price of Georgia’s 6th Congressional district.