Jerrod Shouse, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today concerning SJR 4, a resolution supporting a federal balanced budget amendment:
“Congress thinks if you want to spend more money, you either raise taxes or go deeper and deeper into debt and let our kids and grandkids sort it out later, but that has to stop.
“That’s why NFIB/Oklahoma is asking the House to pass SJR 4. This legislation authorizes state delegates to attend a limited convention of the states, as authorized by Article V of the U.S. Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.
“Thirty-four states must authorize such a convention. Right now, the total stands at 28. Oklahoma would make it 29. Thirty-eight states would have to approve any agreed-upon language in order to ratify the amendment.
“This is a ‘key vote’ for NFIB/Oklahoma, meaning we are informing legislators that their votes will be monitored and reported back to our members.
“When we balloted our members about this issue in 2015, 77 percent of said we need to hold Congress accountable and pass a balanced-budget amendment.
“If small-business owners in Oklahoma can stick to a budget, so can our politicians in Washington.”
NFIB/Oklahoma is the state’s leading small-business association representing a cross section of the state’s economy. Learn more at www.NFIB.com/OK
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