Senator Mike Lee is trying hard to get Balanced Budget Amendment passed

We need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment!!!! It is obvious to me that if President Obama gets his hands on more money then he will continue to spend away our children’s future. He has already taken the national debt from 11 trillion to 16 trillion in just 4 years. Over, and over, and over, and over, and over and over I have written Speaker Boehner and the Congressmen (Griffin, Womack, Crawford) in Arkansas concerning this. I am hoping they will stand up against this reckless spending that our federal government has done and will continue to do if given the chance.

I have written and emailed Senator Pryor over, and over again with spending cut suggestions but he has ignored all of these good ideas in favor of keeping the printing presses going as we plunge our future generations further in debt. I am convinced if he does not change his liberal voting record that he will no longer be our senator in 2014.

I have written hundreds of letters and emails to President Obama and I must say that I have been impressed that he has had the White House staff answer so many of my letters. However, his policies have not changed. He is committed to cutting nothing from the budget that I can tell. 

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Balanced Budget Amendment introduced in Senate

 

I know it will be difficult to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment but at least Senator Mike Lee is trying.

By: Audrey Hudson

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is aiming to force lawmakers to spend within the means of the tax-paying public by introducing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that puts strict limits on the ability of Congress to run deficits and increase the national debt.

Introduction of Lee’s bill comes on the heels of House action on Wednesday to suspend the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling until May 19 rather than increasing the level, and in turn requires Congress to pass a budget by April 15 – a task that has not been accomplished in several years.

“Washington’s insatiable need to borrow and spend has put off difficult decisions and threatened the prosperity of future generations,” Lee said. “It is unconscionable and immoral. We have an obligation to correct course and put the country on a responsible path to fiscal sustainability. Families, businesses, and state and local governments are all expected to live within their means, the federal government should do the same.”

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Lee’s bill would also limit spending to 18 percent of the gross national product, and requires a two-thirds vote of Congress to run a deficit, raise taxes, or increase the debt limit.

“All past efforts of Congress to limit spending have utterly failed. None of the existing restraints – the Budget Act, spending caps, the debt limit, the sequester – have gotten spending under control, and we have $16.4 trillion of debt to prove it. Only a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution will permanently bind Congress and force both parties to live within the nation’s means. Anything less will simply maintain our dysfunctional and unsustainable status quo,” Lee said.

Although a popular idea with the public, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution has failed past legislative attempts by Republican lawmakers.

The closest the bill has come to being law was 15 years ago, when it passed the House with bipartisan support but was defeated in the Senate by one vote.

The last time Congress voted on a balanced budget amendment was in 2011 as part of an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. It was rejected in both the House and Senate. The chances of Lee’s legislation passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate this session look equally slim.

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