Alexander Supports Amending Constitution to Require Balanced Federal Budget

Posted on March 2, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement on his vote for legislation expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should pass, and the states agree to, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution:

“Amending the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget would force an answer to the question: ‘Whose grandchildren are we going to force to pay for all this spending?’”

The amendment, which was offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), was not agreed to, by a vote of 58 to 40. Sixty votes were required for passage.

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