Mar 11 2004


Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today introduced a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to have a balanced budget. Sen. Shelby has introduced similar legislation every Congress since 1981.

Senator Shelby said, "A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is the only certain mechanism to break the cycle of deficit spending and ensure that the Government does not continue to saddle our children and grandchildren with the current generation's debts. In fiscal year 2003, the Federal Government spent more than $318 billion just to pay the interest on the national debt. I believe that this money could be better spent on improving education, developing new medical technologies, finding a cure for cancer, or even returning it to the people who earned it in the first place."

"A balanced budget amendment is simply a promise to the American people that the Government will spend their hard-earned tax dollars responsibly. I think that we owe our constituents and future generations of Americans that much," Shelby concluded.

For a copy of the legislation or for further details, please call Senator Shelby’s press office at 202-224-6518.