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
The Resolutions could see House action in the coming weeks.