PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Expert Reacts to Looming Federal Spending Showdown

Published September 22, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted 89 to 7 to end debate on a short-term government funding plan proposed by the House. The Senate has until September 30 to pass a funding bill, or a temporary continuing resolution, to avoid a so-called government shutdown.

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“This development represents another example of how broken our government is, and will continue to be, unless we get real reforms in Washington. Politicians from both major parties are unwilling to address the federal government’s out-of-control growth and are engaged in campaigns to outbid one another for the support of voting blocs. Because of this failure of character, few options remain for those truly concerned about the size and scope of the federal government.

“Currently, lawmakers in 28 states have passed resolutions calling on Congress to begin proceedings for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. Only a handful of states need to join this accelerating movement, after which point delegates from all the states will attend a convention to draft a balanced budget amendment requiring Washington to live within its means, instead of the yearly cycle of short-term continuing resolutions and omnibus spending bills, followed by endlessly higher spending and frenzied tax hikes.”

Jesse Hathaway
Managing Editor
Budget & Tax News
Research Fellow
The Heartland Institute
[email protected]

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