Rep. Handel Stands Up for Fiscal Responsibility, Balanced Budget Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Karen Handel issued the following statement after voting in support of a Balanced Budget Amendment this evening. H.J. Res. 2 did not garner the two-thirds vote needed to pass the House, receiving 233 Yeas and 184 Nays.
“A balanced budget should not be a partisan issue. Across the country, virtually every state has a balanced budget requirement met by governors and legislators from both parties. Congress should do the same,” Rep. Handel said.
This Balanced Budget Amendment would require government spending to equal revenue starting five years after the amendment is ratified. It would need two-thirds’ majorities in both chambers of Congress and ratification by 38 states to become the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Over the past ten months, I have seen firsthand just how broken the federal budget process is. I have reluctantly supported funding measures under this process, but I did so with the understanding that Congress would make it a priority to overhaul the budget process and take meaningful steps to rein in spending. This Balanced Budget Amendment is a much needed step to reforming this process and improving the fiscal state of our nation, and I hope we can come together in a bipartisan fashion to pass this measure going forward.”