Since January, Congress has worked to reduce the size of government, rein in unnecessary spending, and control the national debt. We have been successful and are moving in the right direction, but we need permanent structural reform that will force the government to live within its means.
Washington has proven that statutory budget caps don’t work to control spending. For decades, both Republicans and Democrats have merely ignored the caps and continued to spend money we don’t have, leading us to our current economic problems. The only way to truly control our national debt is a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
A BBA will bind the hands of this Congress, and all future Congresses, when it comes to wasteful spending, something that no statutory legislation has ever been able to do.
It will rein in federal spending, prevent the continued expansion of the federal government, and eliminate partisan fights over the size of spending cuts. It will force Washington to spend wisely and not cut haphazardly.
Fifteen years ago, the BBA failed the Senate by only one vote. Now the stakes are significantly higher.
The House and Senate will vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment this fall. I consider this one of the most crucial I cast. I will fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution so we don’t punish our children and grandchildren with a national debt they didn’t create.