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Vote "No" on the Constitutional Amendment: H.J.Res. 2 is Not Fiscally Responsible

Nov 16, 2011

Dear Democratic Colleague:

            This week Republicans plan a House vote on an amendment to the Constitution that could require $1.6 trillion more in spending cuts than the draconian House budget resolution, which never reached balance.  This Amendment – a modified version of H.J.Res. 2 – could have dire consequences on the payment of Medicare and Social Security benefits as well as on other government guarantees to our citizens, on jobs and the economy, and on Congress's ability to respond to changing needs.  I urge you to oppose the Constitutional amendment.

            H.J.Res. 2 would amend the Constitution to require Congress to balance the budget each year by limiting annual spending – including spending from Social Security and other trust funds – to no more than receipts.  It would impose a more stringent voting standard on cutting services than on cutting tax loopholes.  It would also require the President to submit a balanced budget each year regardless of economic conditions.

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