It is time for a balanced budget

Senator Mike Lee
2013-01-30 14:15:33
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-sunset-silhouette.jpg] * Senator Lee Introduces His First Piece of Legislation 113th Congress* On January 22, 2013 I introduced my first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress.� In order to adress the out-of-control spending by the federal government, I introduced a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that requires Washington to live within it means and puts strict limits on the ability of Congress to run deficits and add to the national debt.� Washington�s insatiable need to borrow and spend has put off difficult decisions and threatened the prosperity of future generations. This threat to our future prosperity 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. 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. The proposed amendment, S. J. Res 1, requires Congress to spend no more than it takes in during any fiscal year and limits spending to 18% of the gross national product, the 40 year historical average of total federal receipts.� Congress can only run a deficit, raise taxes or increase the debt limit if agreed to by a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate.� The amendment gives standing to any member of Congress to seek judicial enforcement of the balanced budget requirement as long as they have been authorized to do so by a petition signed by one-third of either the House or the Senate.� The amendment would become effective one year after ratification by three-fourths of the states. I invite all Utahns to read this legislation.� Unlike the other solutions of the past that required 1,000s of pages of legislative text, this amendment is only 2 pages long and will only take a few minutes to read and understand { --- link to text --- } To learn more about my efforts to pass a balanced budget amendment, you are welcome to visit the numerous resources I have made available on my website: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm [link 1] * Attend my First Tele-townhall Event!* As a senator I am always working to balance the time I spend working in Washington with the time I spend interacting with Utahns.� My staff and I work hard to ensure that constituent concerns are addressed, and we have created many ways for Utahn's to stay informed.� I conduct several town halls every year, my mobile office visits every county multiple times per year, and I personally visited every county in the state of Utah last year.� On February 13 at 7:00 p.m. MST we will be introducing an exciting new way that you can share your thoughts with me: I will be conducting my first tele-townhall.� We will be broadcasting the video of this event on my Facebook page.� In order to participate you can follow these steps: - Like my Facebook page [link 2] - Mark your calendar to participate in the event online on February 13 @ 7:00 p.m. MST - Ask questions and participate in the discussion on the Facebook comments thread - If you would like to participate on the phone as well, you can fill out this form on my website: www.site.gov I am really looking forward to this event as an addtional way to keep in touch. Of course, if you can't attend the event you can keep in touch with the following methods: - Contact me on my website [link 3] - Follow me on Twitter: @SenMikeLee [link 4] - Like my Facebook page [link 5] - Subscribe to my Youtube channel [link 6] - Request a meeting [link 7] through my website - Contact one of my offices listed below * Quick Links* Senator Lee Reacts to President's Gun Control Proposals [link 8] Senator Lee Joins Armed Services Committee [link 9] "We only had 6 minutes to read the fiscal cliff bill" [link 10] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 11] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 12]
January 30, 2013

Senator Lee Introduces His First Piece of Legislation 113th Congress

On January 22, 2013, I introduced my first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress.  In order to adress the out-of-control spending by the federal government, I introduced a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  My amendment requires Washington to live within its means and puts strict limits on the ability of Congress to run deficits and add to the national debt. 

Washington�s insatiable need to borrow and spend has put off difficult decisions and threatened the prosperity of future generations. This threat to our future prosperity 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.

All past efforts of Congress to limit spending have utterly failed. None of the existing restraints such as the Budget Act, spending caps, the debt limit, nor 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.

The proposed amendment, S. J. Res 1, requires Congress to spend no more than it takes in during any fiscal year.  The amendment also limits spending to 18% of the gross national product, which is the 40 year historical average of total federal receipts.  Congress can only run a deficit, raise taxes, or increase the debt limit if agreed to by a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate.  The amendment gives standing to any member of Congress to seek judicial enforcement of the balanced budget requirement as long as they have been authorized to do so by a petition signed by one-third of either the House or the Senate.  The amendment would become effective one year after ratification by three-fourths of the states.

I invite all Utahns to read this legislation.  Unlike the other solutions of the past that required 1,000s of pages of legislative text, this amendment is only 2 pages long and will only take a few minutes to read and understand:

To learn more about my efforts to pass a balanced budget amendment, you are welcome to visit the numerous resources I have made available on my website:

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