Congressman Austin Scott

Representing the 8th District of Georgia



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VIDEO RELEASE - Scott Reacts to Vote on Balanced Budget Amendment

November 18, 2011
Press Release

Washington D.C. – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) released the following statement today following the House’s vote on H.J. Res 2., or the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA).  Additionally, video clips from both the BBA press conference and Rep. Scott’s remarks from the Floor of the House of Representatives are also included below:

“Today, I was proud to cast my vote for the Balanced Budget Amendment, but I was disappointed that some colleagues put politics ahead of our economic prosperity.  It is time that politicians in Washington stop putting the next election ahead of the next generation.  I was sent here by my constituents to work to put our country back on a fiscally responsible path that allows our job creators to do what they do best—create jobs.  I firmly believe that the BBA is a vital step on that path.  Despite the outcome of today’s vote, I will continue to fight for permanent remedies to cure our government’s out-of-control-spending habits.”


Congressman Scott joined his colleagues for a press conference to promote the BBA.  In response to a question regarding tax revenues, Rep. Scott argued that the BBA would lead to higher receipts at the treasury not through higher tax rates, but through better economic policy that leads to job creation:  “You take a man out of the unemployment line, or a woman out of the unemployment line and put them in the paycheck line, that’s how you get higher revenues for the federal government.  I think this not only helps us with regard to spending, but it helps us pass good policy that helps get Americans back to work.” 


To view Rep. Scott’s full response, click on the image below:




Following the press conference, Congressman Scott delivered a statement on the Floor of the House which also emphasized the importance of the BBA: “Mr. Speaker, the people of Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District are hardworking and responsible people and they expect the same from their government leaders.  They work each day to ensure that the future remains bright for their children and grandchildren and they sent me here to do the same.  The work that will be required by the Balanced Budget [Amendment] will not be easy, but they are counting on us.  They’re counting on us to make the tough decisions and put Americans back on a path to prosperity.  Passing the Balanced Budget Amendment is the first step to that, Mr. Speaker.”


To view Rep. Scott’s full remarks, click on the image below: