Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) today released the following statement regarding the Balanced Budget Amendment proposed by Republicans. This legislation would have required a super majority of Congress to raise federal revenues, effectively handcuffing Congress from solving budget concerns.
"While I agree that we need to get the federal deficit under control, this Balanced Budget Amendment is the wrong way to do it. By requiring a super majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate to agree on any bill which raises federal revenues, Republicans want to ensure gridlock in Washington.
"The Republican majority is insisting that the only way the federal government can tackle its deficit is by cuts to vital programs which help people keep their heads above water during an economic downturn. The American people have said repeatedly that this policy is unacceptable.
"I urge my colleagues to learn from my home state of California. California has tried this flawed plan, and it simply does not work. California's fiscal situation becomes increasingly difficult each year because of this super majority requirement. Anyone who has witnessed California's budget problems knows that we don't want the same fate for our federal government."