U.S. Congressman Rick W. Allen released the following statement today after the U.S House of Representatives failed to pass H. J. Res. 2, the Balanced Budget Amendment, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to require that Congress not spend more than it receives in revenue during any given fiscal year. Any amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“As an original cosponsor of H. J. Res. 2, I was very disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass this important legislation by the required two-thirds vote. How have we gotten to the point in our nation’s history where politicians in Washington don’t support doing what every other American family does—sitting down at the kitchen table and balancing their budget? A blank check on the taxpayer dime piles more and more debt onto our children and grandchildren, and as a father and grandfather myself, reckless spending cannot be the legacy we leave for our future generations. By failing to pass the Balanced Budget Amendment, we have once again shown the American taxpayer that Washington refuses to be held accountable for reckless and wasteful government spending.”