FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2010
Contact: Rick Tyler
Senate Republicans Adopt BBA Common Sense Balanced Budget Amendment
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Republican Conference took a dramatic step toward fiscal sanity by adopting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution that mirrors the Common Sense Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) proposed and promoted by the BBA Now Coalition, which includes over 90 national and local conservative policy and grassroots groups representing millions of Americans.
Like the Common Sense BBA, the Senate Republican resolution requires the president to submit a balanced budget to Congress prior to each fiscal year with a new rule requiring two-thirds of each chamber to approve any tax increase.
Texas Senator John Cornyn, one of the authors of the resolution, called the action a “necessary” step “to restore fiscal discipline.”
The BBA Now Coalition commends the Senate Republicans for listening to the American people and joining the national movement for the Common Sense Balanced Budget Amendment.
“The GOP Senators are showing the country that the people still have the final say. This is a positive solution for ending the out-of-control spending and debt that is putting America’s fiscal solvency and national security at risk,” said Rick Tyler, Chairman of the BBA Now Coalition and the ReAL Action Network. “There is little doubt that the 2010 Congressional elections were a referendum on massive government spending. We are encouraged to see that the Senate Republicans have heard the American people and are taking actions that are long overdue.”
The Common Sense Coalition is now calling on the rest of the U.S. Senate and the House to move forward and pass the same Balanced Budget Amendment to begin the ratification process in the states.
BBA Now is a coalition of more than 90 policy and grassroots groups working for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. National members include Americans for Tax Reform, American Solutions, Contract From America, Institute for Liberty, Let Freedom Ring, National Taxpayers Union, ReAL Action and 60 Plus Association. Learn more at www.bbanow.org.
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