An amendment to put our fiscal house in order

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As a small business owner and tax attorney, I cannot comprehend Washington’s inability to manage its finances. Currently, our government is operating on piecemeal spending bills and has not had an actual budget in nearly three years. Can you imagine if your local supermarket, drugstore, and gas station operated without a budget? They would be in a mess come April 15, and probably fail to see the end of their fiscal year.
 
American families and businesses balance their budgets and pay their bills, why should Washington be any different?
 
Last week, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said that “the country has a paying for problem,”  which is backwards logic. If Washington did not have a spending problem, we would not have a paying for problem, Rep. Hoyer.
 
The taxpayer credit card has been abused long enough and I refuse to stand by and watch as politicians add billions to our children and grandchildren’s tabs.
 
Americans and South Carolinians are financially drained, which is why I have cosponsored an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced budget. It is time to get our fiscal house in order, beginning with holding Washington politicians accountable for their actions.
 
The amendment requires Washington to balance the annual budget by not spending more than it receives in revenue in any given fiscal year, unless approved by a three-fifths vote of each chamber of Congress.
 
Also, the amendment would prohibit the debt ceiling from being raised without the same three-fifths vote of approval from each chamber of Congress.  Finally, the budget cannot be balanced through increased revenue, unless agreed to by a majority of each chamber.
 
Our country is up against serious fiscal problems and this amendment is the first step towards a prosperous future. I will continue to work with my colleagues to get spending under control, balance the national budget, and make sure more American jobs stay in America.
 
Rice represents South Carolina’s newly created Seventh Congressional District. He is a tax attorney, small business owner, and a former CPA. He serves on the Budget Committee, Small Business Committee, and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and is chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.