CCAGW Urges Support for the Balanced Budget Amendment

April 11, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon vote on H. J. Res. 2, an amendment to the Constitution requiring that the federal budget be balanced. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.

Washington has put taxpayers at risk by repeatedly violating a Budgeting 101 rule of thumb: Don’t spending more money than you take in. Federal spending has ballooned out of control, as taxpayers now face daunting trillion dollar deficits by 2020 and a national debt greater than $21 trillion. America is on a dangerous trajectory as Congress continues to increase spending and raise debt ceilings without regard to incoming levels of revenue or cutting waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

The proposed Constitutional amendment would require the President to submit an annual balanced budget to Congress. Total outlays for any fiscal year will not be allowed to exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, unless a three-fifths majority vote in both Houses provides for a specific excess of outlays over receipts. H. J. Res. 2 requires that the budget be balanced through spending cuts or raising taxes; the latter requiring a three-fifths vote. Additionally, a three-fifths majority vote in both Houses will be needed to increase the debt limit.

CCAGW has supported stronger versions of balanced budget amendments that completely prevent Congress from increasing taxes or raising the debt ceiling to cover a balanced budget. While H. J. Res. 2 does not include these protections, it is a step in the right direction to curbing politicians’ insatiable appetite for massive deficit spending.

The federal government has a moral and fiscal responsibility to Americans that it has simply been shirking. Congress cannot continue on a spending rampage while ignoring the nation’s balance sheet. This legislation proposes a practical and necessary Constitutional amendment that would act as a strong measure to protect taxpayers and force Congress to balance the budget. All votes on H. J. Res. 2 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2018 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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