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.).
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.