CARTER: Failure to Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) voted in support of the balanced budget amendment yesterday which failed to pass the House. The legislation would have amended the United States Constitution to require that Congress not spend more than it receives in revenue.

“The failure of this amendment today is completely unacceptable,” said Carter. “The national debt is the single greatest threat to our national security and, unchecked, threatens to leave future generations to a life indebted to other countries.

“Americans are sick and tired of Washington’s out of control spending and the federal government must cut up the credit cards. It’s past time to require the federal government to finally take a cue from hard working families and small businesses by living within its means and learning to balance a budget. Not spending more than you have is simply common sense.

“I am extremely disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle blocked this measure. Congress owes Georgians a responsible, balanced budget that preserves the economic opportunities, personal freedoms, and individual liberties of our children and grandchildren.”

H.J. Res 2 failed to pass the House today. The measure would have mandated that Congress not spend more money than it receives in revenue. Additionally, this amendment also requires a true majority in both the House and Senate to pass a tax increase, along with a three-fifths supermajority requirement to raise the debt limit.

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