The House will take up a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as lawmakers struggle to cut a deal for increasing the nation’s debt limit, Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday.
“One option to ensure that we begin to get our fiscal house in order is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, and I expect to schedule such a measure during the week of July 25th,” the Virginia Republican said in a statement released by his office.
“I have no doubt that my Republican colleagues will overwhelmingly support this common sense measure and I urge Democrats to as well in order to get our fiscal house in order,” he added.
The balanced budget amendment has been a popular proposal among conservative Republicans, but moderates and veteran lawmakers largely view it as little more than a political stunt because of the inherent difficulty of the ratification process.
The measure is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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