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Public Statements

Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WOMACK. Today is payday. It's Friday. For a lot of people, it's payday. They're going to get a check from their employer, if they're lucky enough to have a job. And I'm for sure for most of them, before ever cashing that check, they know exactly where it's going. These people have likely already come to the realization that there are a lot more needs, a lot more things they would like to have or do, but there's just so much money.

I find it incredible that my friends on the other side of the aisle believe this Federal Government should not have to go through the same process of discerning between what they want and what they need and what they can afford, like the rest of America. In the 10-plus months I have been here, I consider this vote the most important vote I will have cast because it's the vote that has the most impact on the future of my grandson.

It is sad that Congress does not have the discipline to live within its means, and I strongly believe the only way to constrain an undisciplined Congress is to enshrine its obligation in the Constitution. An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the balanced budget amendment, as proposed today, is the right way forward for America.

I thank my friend from Virginia for his leadership on the issue, and I urge its passage.


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