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house Bill H. Joint Res. 22

Should There be a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution?

Argument in favor

The federal government has lived beyond its means for far too long, racking up a national debt exceeding $20 trillion that will have to be paid by future generations. A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is the best way to constrain spending and get the federal budget under control.

JTJ's Opinion
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02/09/2019
Yes, but congress will never agree to spending limits. We need to bypass congress. ConventionOfStates.com
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02/09/2019
Let’s balance the budget. Repay our debt, and cut wasteful spending. If we protect our borders we can save millions and probably billions on tax money going to illegal aliens.
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John's Opinion
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02/09/2019
It is so important that we have a ballanced budget and we haven’t had one in so long that we now have to legislate it. If citizens need to balance their budgets then the government should have to balance theirs!
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Argument opposed

A balanced budget amendment would pose too much of a constraint on the federal government, preventing it from funding many vital programs because deficit spending would be difficult politically for Congress to approve. The federal government needs to tax and spend more despite the debt.

Laurie's Opinion
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02/09/2019
I would feel better about this if the first major cuts were military, billionaire tax cuts, and hush money to whistelblowers and hookers But instead they will cut Grandma's pension, medicine, food, and education to children, housing for vets and disabled, etc So NO I do not support this bill
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Mike's Opinion
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02/09/2019
Trump, Ryan and congressional republicans have added trillions to the deficit! Since the 80s, whenever the republicans are in power they run up the deficit and after they get booted out, they blame the democrats and trot out the balanced budget amendment. So predictable and so pathetic.
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Matthew's Opinion
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02/09/2019
I can see this going wrong. There needs to be massive budget overhauls. But a stop all until we balance is not the best way to do it.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019
    ?WHY NOT PASS A BALANCED FEDERAL BUDGET? The federal government has lived beyond its means for far too long, racking up a national debt exceeding $20 trillion that will have to be paid by future generations. A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is the best way to constrain spending and get the federal budget under control. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸🙀. 2*10*19.........
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    Absolutely! No more pork spending, or special taxpayer funded projects to buy taxpayers in Congressional districts. We balance our budget. Why can't they?
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    A Budget Deficit is a useful tool at appropriate times. Forced Budget Austerity is a bad option at some times.
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    That should have bee written in a he original constitution however our founding fathers who. We’re responsible with their own finances never thought that this nation would have so many selfish and despotic elected representatives in Congress for so long of time!
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    Why should the whole country have to live within their means and government doesn't.Not only don't they, but half of what they spend is wasted or not in the best interests of the country.
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    Most cities and states have a balanced budget requirement, it is overdue at the federal level. Please approve this.
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    Yes I do. But I don't think that gutting ssi and medicare because tax breaks cost too much would be wrong. Tax tables need to be returned to their percent that existed prior to Trump.
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    A balanced budget amendment would be short sighted.
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    For years I said no, let Congress do its duty, pass a budget, maybe in emergencies it may have to spend more than revenues. But, I cannot remember the year when a budget was actually passed let alone balanced. And don’t tell me under Clinton it was, that’s an accounting lie. Talking “IOUs” from social security which have never been replaced, is not balanced. Thus, I whole heartedly support a balanced and explicit budget. Congress cannot control vote-buying, it has to be controlled.
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    We absolutely need a balanced budget amendment!!
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    Maybe something about Pentagon audits instead would bring down the deficit faster than this austerity garbage.
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    No, I don’t support this. In times of recession or depression, these types of amendments prevent quick recovery and deepen the downturn.
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    It is okay to go into debt when emergencies arise, but to perpetually go into debt for decades in a row is irresponsible.
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    This is a smoke and mirrors trick. Republicans have always been the ones who drive up the debt while they’re in control with tax breaks (only for the WEALTHY like themselves of course). Stop crowing about balancing the budget and get money out of politics so that THE PEOPLE are actually represented!
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    Yes! Absolutely yes! I only wish that our Founding Fathers could have foreseen the fiscal stupidity of our modern day political leaders. If they had had that ability, I feel certain that they would have written it into our Constitution.
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    Yes but first we need to amend the Constitution with a minimum of five items: 1. Require the President to submit a budget to Congress 2. Provision to allow flexibility in time of war or economic recession provided by a Supermajority. 3. Provision requiring a Supermajority in both houses. 4. A Cap on total spending as per the GDP unless wavered by the Supermajority. 5. Provision to prevent the courts from enforcing the amendment through tax increases. 6. A Provision assigning Congress the responsibility to enforce the amendment through legislation. Then pray to God everyone does their job.
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    I see a lot of whinging about what should be cut, etc. How about if if we have a BUDGET to balance.
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    Congress’ number 1 job should be a priority, yes.
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    This is a pretty easy yes. Run it at a surplus to start chipping away at the debt. While we’re at it, abolish the IRS and simplify the tax code. No since stopping with just one thing
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    The Republicans passed enormous tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations and now they want a balanced budget amendment? This is absurd! We all know that this will be an excuse to cut vital government programs that people rely on like social security and Medicare. This legislation also ignores the fact that it is completely reasonable for the government to run deficits especially if it’s in order to make up for any slack in the private economy.
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