And more from Ms. McMorris-Rodgers (sent to me by one of the folks in her office; thank you!)
McMorris Rodgers Calls for
Balanced Budget Amendment
Renews Demand for Fiscal Accountability at
House Leadership Press Conference
Washington, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, strongly advocated for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution today at a House Republican Leadership press conference in support of the measure.
“Even before I arrived in Congress, I called for a balanced budget amendment, and today I am more convinced than ever that we need this amendment to bring spending discipline to Congress, put our economy on a solid footing, and reduce the debt burden on our children and grandchildren,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers.
The federal government has run a budget deficit for 47 of the last 51 years. According to the Obama Administration, the deficit will be $1.6 trillion this year – an all-time record. The national debt currently stands at $14.5 trillion.
“Forty-nine states require a balanced budget by law,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “There’s no reason the federal government can’t do the same.”
In 1995, a balanced budget amendment passed the House but failed to meet the two-thirds requirement in the Senate by a single vote.
The U.S. House is expected to vote on a balanced budget amendment on July 20.
Here is my reply:
You can have a balanced budget today.
Refuse to raise the debt ceiling.
We’ve heard this siren song about an amendment and such for 30 years, and it’s never happened. Nor will it – the House and Senate, along with Obama, are pulling a Reagan – make promises and maybe get tax changes now, but the budget cuts happen never.
I remember the Reagan go-around with this. There’s nothing that can be done to stop it, other than cutting up the credit card. The fact of the matter is that Congress can and does lie, and the President can and does lie. The people have absolutely no recourse when both parties are willing to lie, as voting out one party and in the other doesn’t stop the lying when both are liars!
The American people are sick and tired of the lies, and they support NOT raising the ceiling. As I wrote on yesterday, this would NOT force a default on Social Security and Medicare, nor on the debt.
It WOULD force an immediate balancing of the budget and the necessary conversation with the American people on what we expect from government and how we’re going to fund it with current revenues.
So….. is the House ready to stand firm and force this to be done the right way, in a way that’s enforceable and will actually happen – right now, right here, today?
I can tell you this – all the arm-waving and promises over the last 30 years on this subject have made for great press releases, but when it comes to fact, they’ve all been lies.
Every last one of them.
Let’s see a public call in the form of a presser calling for no debt ceiling increase under any circumstances. No ifs, ands or buts.