According to the Congressional Budget Office, our national deficit equaled 9.8 percent of GDP at the end of 2011. In order to restrain the growth of spending, Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment and force the government to spend only what it takes in. This is the how my family manages our checkbook, and the federal government should be forced to do the same. We must work to cap spending so that we do not repeat the same habits that created steps that got us into our current problem. Congress has to work to cut spending in a way that will reduce the deficit.