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Balanced Budget Amendment

Time Is Now to Rediscover Bipartisan Cooperation in Washington

Gov. John Kasich | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Gov. John Kasich

A balanced federal budget isn't a pipedream or some crazy economic theory that will never come to pass. Our home states of Ohio and Minnesota balance their budgets thanks to constitutional requirements, as does nearly every other state in the nation.

Jon Ward

Tom Coburn Decides Only A Constitutional Convention Can Fix Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When I entered Sen. Tom Coburn's office on Capitol Hill, he declined my offer to shake hands, telling me he had a cold. That reminded me...

Do Republicans Really Want a Balanced Budget Amendment?

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

No one argues that the government shouldn't be more prudent with its money, but a balanced budget amendment does almost nothing to address the underlying problems that lead to wasteful spending.

Whether House Republicans Fold or Not, Ted Cruz Looks to Be the Great Loser

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The media consensus is that the Republican Party is the loser, and that Republicans must ultimately come crawling back to the president and the Democrats, take their medicine, and forsake their goals. But Ted Cruz does not have to play it that way.

John Celock

Conservative Push Could Benefit Progressives

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

Conservative politicians and groups are largely behind a renewed push to have the states call a constitutional convention, but a nonpartisan group ded...

John Celock

New Backers Behind Constitutional Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

Advocates for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution have pinned their hopes on state legislatures calling for a new constitutional conv...

Jindal Warns Republicans Shouldn't Fight 'To Protect The Rich'

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday called for Republicans to rethink their approach to the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations and instead f...

Dem Says She 'Stood Up To' Obama

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

The Democratic nominee for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat, Heidi Heitkamp, is saying in a new ad that she "stood up to" President Barack Obama. H...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Rejects Bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendments

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday rejected two efforts to insert a Balanced Budget Amendment into the U.S. Constitution. Both parties offered v...

Senate Considering Measure That Could Force Draconian Cuts

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday voted against changing the Constitution to require a balanced budget as Congress hit yet another dead end i...

Michael McAuliff

Balanced Budget Amendment Fails In House Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican push for a balanced budget amendment that would force massive spending cuts to the country's social safety net die...

House Set To Take Major Vote

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rejecting the idea Congress can't control its spending impulses, the House turned back a Republican proposal Friday to amend the Co...

The False "Family Analogy" Argument for a Balanced Budget Amendment

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

A balanced budget amendment wouldn't align federal budgeting practices with those of families, but it would threaten serious economic harm and create a host of problems for federal services programs.

Balanced Budget Amendment Follies

Micah Hauptman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Micah Hauptman

Spending and debt remain intrinsic features of a capitalist economy. The key question is, which sector is best positioned to service the debt: families and businesses, or the government?

Republican Congressmen Will Push For Balanced Budget Amendment

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a "supercommittee" tries to find $1.5 trillion in new deficit cuts this fall, Republicans will be pressing a far more ambitious goal:...

GOP Town Halls Hit With Progressive Messages

Firedoglake | David Dayen | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washi...

S&P Downgrade Reflects Political Divisions That May Be Our Greatest Source of Risk

David Paul | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
David Paul

One week after the downgrade of the United States bond rating, the markets have returned a verdict of sorts.

GOP Senator: 'I'm Embarrassed By All Of Us... I've Never Seen A Worse Congress'

Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) talked to people in Saco, Maine about the debt ceiling negotiations Wednesday, and lamented the extreme partisanship that...

Simon Johnson: Balanced Budget Amendment 'Makes No Sense'

The New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

Some House and Senate Republicans have pushed hard to include a “balanced budget” constitutional amendment as part of any agreement on a debt ceil...

Debt Ceiling Deal Angers Progressives, Tea Party

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The newly struck debt-ceiling compromise between President Barack Obama and the Republican leaders of Congress represents a histori...

Avoiding the Danger of a "Clean" BBA

Ken Blackwell | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

America's problem is our debt, not our debt ceiling. We desperately need a balanced budget amendment to tackle our debt. But a BBA that allows judges to hike taxes would be even worse than the status quo.

'Sen. Tea Party' Drives Debt Ceiling Fight

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — He calls himself Sen. Tea Party. That almost says it all about Sen. Jim DeMint's role on the nation's political scene in these ner...

Elise Foley

UPDATE: Boehner Debt Bill Passes House, Dies In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to raise the debt ceiling and cut $22 billion from next year's spending. Passed as ...

Elise Foley

Take Three: Boehner Plan Will Go For A Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will hold a vote Friday on a revised plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending by $22 billion next year, Majorit...

Sharron Angle Lashes Out At John McCain

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, who made an unsuccessful run to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the 2010 election season, lashed out at S...