Despite efforts by House Democrats to play politics, the House Financial Liability Reform Committee reported out HJR CC and SJR V – resolutions that would call for a convention of states to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Democrats on the Committee attempted to add more than a dozen amendments to the resolutions that would change their purpose from adopting a balanced budget to banning flag burning and other non-germane topics. The efforts were a political ploy to force Republicans on the committee to vote against popular conservative causes ahead of the fall elections.
“It’s a sad day when House Democrats think it is more important to play election games with important legislation than it is to stem the bankrupting of our nation,” said NFIB State Director Charlie Owens. “These Resolutions are strongly supported by Michigan small business and this theater in the Committee will be remembered come election day when they will proclaim concern for small business to get votes.”
The resolutions are part of a nationwide effort to use the Article V process outlined in the U.S. Constitution to move Congress toward adopting a Balanced Budget Amendment. The process requires 34 state legislatures to adopt similar resolutions that would call for a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. Twenty states have already passed the Resolution. Two Resolutions are currently in play in the Michigan legislature: SJR V, sponsored by Senator Mike Green (R-31) and House Joint Resolution CC, sponsored by Representative Ray Franz (R-101).
NFIB has long supported Congressional action to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, but the organization is also standing behind the state’s efforts through the Article V process as well. As of now, NFIB is the only business group in Lansing and DC supporting this Article V effort.
“Small business owners are fed up with the federal government’s failure to address the basic budgeting that every citizen and small business must adhere to in their daily activities,” Owens said. “NFIB believes it is time for the states and citizens to use the powers provided by the founding fathers in our Constitution to put an end to this irresponsible behavior”.
The Resolutions could see House action in the coming weeks.