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Issue Position: Cutting Spending

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President Obama came into office promising to cut the deficit in half, to reduce taxes, and to not expand the size of the government. Instead, the deficit has doubled, with no reversal in the spending spree in sight.

That's why Congressman Smith recently sponsored a constitutional amendment ot balance the budget. With 49 of the nation's 50 states having this requirment in their respective constitutions, Lamar Smith feels strongly that Uncle Sam should play by the same rules. Congressman Smith's balanced budget amendment passed in the House, but fell short of the two-thirds needed for amendments to advance due to strong Democrat opposition. Depsite this roadblock, Congressman Smith will keep working to get this amendment through Congress and to the states for ratification.

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