U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) this week proposed a Constitutional amendment that, if enacted into law, would require that Congress pass a balanced budget within 10 years and keep that budget permanently balanced.
This, according to a press release that Green’s staff published on his website.
Green said that this constitutional amendment, which Green first introduced in the 116th Congress, would ensure that the Federal government is subject to the same spending constraints as those of the states. Many states have passed amendments to their state constitutions requiring their states to maintain balanced budgets, the press release said.
“America’s national debt now sits at over $28 trillion with no end in sight. This is a crippling burden that our children and grandchildren will shoulder, yet Congressional spending is out of control. This week, the House will pass yet another $1.9 trillion spending bill, despite over $1 trillion in previously-passed stimulus money still sitting here unspent in Washington D.C.,” Green said in the press release.
“We cannot keep functioning this way. America’s future generations deserve better. My constitutional amendment would require Congress to pass a balanced budget within the decade and stick to it. It’s long past time for the Federal government to start living within its means and stop this unnecessary and wasteful spending.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, Green submitted, without success, key amendments to Democrats’ Equality Act legislation that he said would have protected medical facilities and people of faith.
As written, the Equality Act makes it impossible for organizations to turn away biological males who identify as women from women’s spaces such as restrooms, showers, locker rooms, homeless shelters, and domestic violence shelters.
Green wanted to add amendments that would have broadened protections for women and medical providers in a bill that he said otherwise eliminates conscience protections for Americans of faith.
According to a press release, Green’s first amendment would have ensured that women’s shelters do not lose federal funds for providing services exclusively to women.
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