Thursday, July 21, 2011

Balance The Federal Budget

Henry Cuellar has a wonderful idea. 
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar’s (TX-28) balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been endorsed by the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition. It would require the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress every fiscal year, along with other measures to enhance fiscal responsibility. The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed Congressman Cuellar’s amendment as the right measure to reduce the national deficit, while protecting vital programs.
(Full text of the press release can be found after the jump)

What Cuellar is proposing sounds a lot like what Texas republicans want.
"It fits into his overall philosophy about government and fiscal responsibility," Perry spokesman Mark Miner said. "In Texas, at the end of the day, the budget will be balanced. It's the Texas way versus the federal way, which is to continue spending without being accountable."
I don't know if the Texas way is a model we should be emulating.  The state does a great job of balancing its budget but now schools are having to make severe cutbacks.  Their idea of balancing the budget comes at the expense of many.

A balanced federal budget sounds nice, but if such an amendment were passed, I would think that the congressman's earmarks would be in jeopardy, not to mention our military involvement in the Middle East.  Cuellar's whole reason for being, and our eternal adoration for him, has to do with him bringing home the (pork) bacon.  If he's serious about tightening Washington's belt, as many constituents are already doing, then I suspect that we won't be seeing him in any more photo ops holding giant plastic checks with our local politicos flanking him.

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar’s (TX-28) balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been endorsed by the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition. It would require the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress every fiscal year, along with other measures to enhance fiscal responsibility. The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed Congressman Cuellar’s amendment as the right measure to reduce the national deficit, while protecting vital programs.


This amendment requires Congress to produce a balanced budget every fiscal year and requires the President to submit a balanced budget in his or her annual transmission to Congress. It also protects Social Security, ensuring that our most vulnerable do not face a reduction in benefits when they need them most.

“I am pleased by the support from the Blue Dog Coalition for my bill that creates a path to fiscal sovereignty. The balanced budget amendment was the first bill I introduced in an effort to set the tone of sound fiscal policy this Congress,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Reducing the national deficit is not only critical for our country’s economic recovery – it’s critical for future generations of Americans and this bill accomplishes that.”

“This bill is common sense to the American people. Forty-nine states currently require an annual balanced budget, and an amendment to the Constitution will finally hold the federal government to the same, common-sense standards,” Congressman Cuellar said. “I am eager to continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Blue Dog Coalition in an effort to tackle our budget problems with real-time solutions by my balanced budget amendment.”

Press release courtesy of Cuellar's camp.

 








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