Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
About this Blog   |   On Twitter   |   Follow us on Facebook   |   RSS Feeds RSS Feed
Posted at 1:57 PM ET, 02/10/2011

McDonnell wants General Assembly to endorse federal balanced budget amendment

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is asking the General Assembly to approve a resolution that would call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to add a provision requiring Congress adopt a balanced budget.

He says the dangers of the federal debt makes a constitutional amendment a priority.

"The irresponsible rate of spending in Washington will place an undue burden on our children and grandchildren who will pay the price for the reckless actions being taken at the federal level," McDonnell said in a statement. "At the state level, we balance our budgets and it is time for Washington to do the same."

A balanced budget amendment has long been a priority for fiscal conservatives, including activists who work with tea party groups, and McDonnell's high-profile embrace of the issue is a sign that he is taking their issues seriously.

McDonnell said he has asked Del. Ben Cline (R-Lexington) to sponsor the resolution. Although the deadline for legislators to introduce bills this year has passed, the governor is allowed to introduce legislation at any time.

"Families must make tough decisions every day to balance their checkbooks, and states like Virginia have balanced budgets every year--the federal government should be no different," Cline said in a statement.

The GOP-led House of Delegates will likely greet the resolution warmly. The Democratic-held state senate is less likely to adopt the measure.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 10, 2011; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: One in 10 Virginia lawmakers hold million-dollar investment portfolios
Next: Senate wants Cuccinelli to track how attorney general's office spends it time

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company