Chuck Fleischmann responds to White House opposition to Balanced Budget Amendment

July 8, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann responded to White House spokesman Jay Carney’s comments today establishing President Obama’s opposition to a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

“Frankly, I’m not surprised. This is a President who has spent money at record levels since the day he took office, and this is a President whose actions have been the complete opposite of his words. Today the White House finally told the truth – they are not interested in any serious attempts to bring the federal budget under control or govern with any fiscal responsibility,” Fleischmann said.

“I have co-sponsored a resolution for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution because I know this is what our country needs. I have fought since day one to bring spending under control, and we have made progress. However, it is obvious that many Washington politicians cannot be counted on to act responsibly. We need a Balanced Budget Amendment to get our fiscal house in order and to stop the mortgaging of our children and grandchildren’s futures. I will continue to fight each day to stop the reckless policies of this White House and for a Balanced Budget Amendment to our Constitution.”

Congressman Fleischmann recently joined with other Members of Congress in sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor to call for a three-pronged approach to solving our debt crisis, including a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

The letter calls for:

  1. Immediate spending cuts to slash the deficit in half next year.
  2. Statutory, enforceable caps that align spending with average revenues by ratcheting total federal spending down to 18% of GDP.
  3. House and Senate passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that includes a spending cap at 18% of GDP and a high hurdle for tax increases.