U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today voted to support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The amendment would rein in government spending by pinning it to the size of our economy and also making it more difficult to raise taxes. Johanns issued the following statement after his vote:
"The problem is simple: Washington spends too much money. We must reduce government spending, and a responsible balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is just the medicine Congress needs," Johanns said. "Nebraska families balance their budgets by making tough choices about how to spend their money and Congress owes it to them to do the same. That's why I supported the amendment that requires us to balance our budget by reducing government spending - not driving taxes on every American through the roof."
Johanns also voted against an alternative balanced budget amendment that did not require any spending restraint, allowing Congress to balance the budget through tax hikes alone. The legislation also would have allowed the Senate to waive the balanced budget requirement altogether with only 60 votes.
Both measures failed to pass the Senate.
As mayor of Lincoln and governor of Nebraska, Johanns made the difficult choices necessary to balance each budget as was required.