Senator Pryor responds to my “Thirsty Thursday” series of emails to him concerning the Balanced Budget Amendment

I have been blogging for 10 months now and have had over 110,000 hits on my blog. Posts encouraging Senator Pryor to cut spending have been responsible for more posts than any other subject. It has got the most hits too. I am hopeful that Senator Pryor will either pay attention to the people or get voted out. Below is the email that I received today from Senator Mark Pryor:

October 24, 2011

Dear Mr. Hatcher,

Thank you for contacting me regarding a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. I appreciate hearing from you.

I am deeply concerned about current spending levels and our ever-growing national debt, and I believe Congress can and should balance the federal budget. As a nation, we have been living beyond our means for a long time. Balancing the budget will require both parties to work together to achieve this goal.

Amending the Constitution is a step that should never be taken lightly. A poorly drafted balanced budget amendment could prevent the federal government from being able to respond appropriately to national emergencies, cause drastic cuts to important programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, and result in an automatic tax increase. However, I remain open to considering a balanced budget amendment, and will give my full attention and thought to any balanced budget amendments the Senate considers.

In the meantime, I will continue to introduce legislation to eliminate ineffective and unnecessary programs, and use my position in Congress to further reduce wasteful spending. I appreciate hearing from you. Your input helps me make better decisions, and I will be sure to keep your specific comments in mind as I work to come up with better fiscal solutions for the American people.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I value your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office regarding this or any other matter of concern to you.
Sincerely,

Mark Pryor
United States Senate

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Please Note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns.

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