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Senator Roberts Calls for Balanced Budget Amendment

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today announced his support for a new effort aimed at passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, to bring much-needed fiscal discipline back to Washington.

"On the family, city, county, and state level there is basic understanding that you have to set a budget and live within your means," Roberts said, "the federal government has proved incapable of living up to this same standard. Out of control government spending in the face of a stagnant economy and chronic jobs crisis is not the answer. It is time to stop the reckless spending in Washington and restore some fiscal sanity to our country. If Congress is serious about cutting our ballooning federal debt and deficit, then we must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. We must honestly address our nation's fiscal problems, use taxpayer dollars more wisely, and lead by example with a balanced budget."

Senator Roberts is an outspoken advocate for responsible spending and commonsense budgeting, despite the spending driven Obama Administration. Roberts is an original co-sponsor of an amendment introduced today by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), S.J. Res. 7, which seeks to cap government spending at a certain percentage of GDP, unless Congress authorizes further spending. Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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