March 02, 2011

Manchin Calls for Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment

Manchin Cosponsors Bill that Encourages Congress and the States to Ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment to Live Within Our Means

Washington, D.C.United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will cosponsor a measure that encourages Congress and the states to ratify a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, a step that would force the federal government to finally live within its means.

“We must work together, in a bipartisan manner, to get our fiscal house in order,” Manchin said. “After all, families balance their budgets and so do states. After years of explosive growth and skyrocketing debt, the federal government must also start living within its means. Without a balanced budget amendment, the federal government just spends more than we have, and I believe this step is necessary to rein in our out-of-control spending.

“Several different plans to achieve this important objective have and will be discussed. While I will evaluate each proposal on its merits, I will ultimately support the plan that responsibly balances our books in the years to come. A plan to balance our budget must be responsible and flexible enough to meet the needs and the priorities of our nation.”

The resolution, sponsored by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), expresses the sense of the Senate that Congress and the states should agree to a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.