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BBA Vote

Recorded on July 17, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

For the first time since 1997, Congress is about to vote on adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson said that he wished our Constitution had taken away the federal government's ability to borrow. And he had no idea we'd be running annual deficits of almost a trillion and a half dollars.

Balancing the budget scares liberal big-spenders. They make up excuses for opposing it, or try to water down an amendment so it would become meaningless.

The latest proposals have tough language, as they should. Congress could not raise taxes unless there's a super-majority vote in favor; and the size of government would be limited to a set percentage of our economy.

It's tough to get Congress to set limits on itself—and then get a balanced budget amendment ratified by the states. But it's long overdue that we get started.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.