Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus Calls for Constitutional Amendment

March 31, 2011

U. S. Constitution

(WASHINGTON) —U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) welcomed new and old members of his Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus on the U.S. Capitol steps today to kick off the group’s efforts in the 112th Congress to develop and champion a measure that would constitutionally mandate a balanced federal budget.

“We have a $14.2 trillion national debt, and a current year deficit estimated to be $1.5 trillion,” said Coffman, chairman of the caucus.  “Our nation is headed toward complete financial meltdown and the only solution is to hold Congress’ feet to the fire with a Constitutional Amendment requiring that they, like every family and nearly every state in the country, balance their budget.

Coffman founded the Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus last year to raise awareness about the necessity and importance of amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget, and to educate other Members on the subject. Caucus membership grew this year to over 60 members.

“It’s encouraging that more and more of my colleagues in Congress recognize the threat of Washington’s reckless, out-of-control spending.  I welcome their support in the ongoing effort to get our fiscal house in order,” Coffman said. “We need to make a Balanced Budget amendment a reality.”

The Balance Budget Amendment Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress dedicated to developing and championing a measure that would mandate a balanced federal budget.  In 1995, a balanced budget amendment passed the House but failed to meet the two-thirds requirement in the Senate by a single vote.

Below is the list of members who have joined the Congressional Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus in the 112th Congress as of March 31, 2011:

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
Rep. Sandra Adams (R-FL) Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX) Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY)
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL) Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL)
Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) Rep. Allen West (R-FL)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA) Rep. Todd Young (R-IN)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

6 thoughts on “Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus Calls for Constitutional Amendment

  1. It’s such a blatant ‘no brainer’, and such a relevant measure for the present fiscal moment in our coutry’s history, why are there barely over 60 members signing on??? I’m dumbfounded…

  2. “A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.” -George Bernard Shaw.

    Saying that the majority of people support tax increases on the wealthy only demonstrates that most of the people think it sounds like a good idea for someone else – but not them – to pay the price of a citizenry and government that has collectively lived beyond their means.

    It will be necessary to raise taxes, reduce the size of government, make cuts to entitlements, and close tax loopholes to eliminate deficit spending. Simply reducing deficit spending is not good enough. There should be a constitutional amendment requiring government to spend no more than it takes in. Citizens and government need to learn to live within their means.

    Devaluing the dollar to make our debt smaller is an insidious form of taxation that lowers our standard of living. Moreover it rewards those with the most debt – those who have lived most beyond their means – by reducing the value of their obligations. The claim that we have low inflation is disingenuous when considered in the context of the global market in which we all now live.

    As for the solutions: No pain, no gain – but it is only fair that EVERYONE share some of the pain.

  3. Where are the other Washington Congress members to support this? What do they say when you ask them to support your ammendment?

      1. No. My representative, Adam Smith is not. I sent him an e-mail saying he needs to support a constitutional amendment.

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