House GOP to push balanced budget amendment after recess: report
House Republicans will push for a balanced budget amendment after they return from recess, according to a report from Politico.
The report follows the passage of the $1.3 trillion omnibus package to fund the government through September.
That bill was ripped by conservatives in the House and Senate, and President Trump vowed to never approve a similar bill again.
Calls for a balanced-budget amendment have waxed and waned through the years, with growing support from the Tea Party movement that first helped elect a class of conservatives to Congress in 2010.
Many of those conservatives have been mortified to see spending grow higher with Republicans in charge of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Combined with the GOP’s tax-cut bill, the spending has also caused projections for the deficit to spike. Annual interest payments on U.S. debt could hit $1 trillion at the end of the decade.
Trump had threatened to veto the bill because it contained only a portion of the money he asked for a wall along the Mexican border and did not include a fix for young immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program he moved to end last year.
But he signed the bill because of the inclusion of increased funding for the military.
“There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill. But we were, in a sense, forced to if we want to build our military,” Trump said.
Trump also ripped a process that saw the bill released and then voted upon within 24 hours.
“I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again,” he said. “I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don’t even know what’s in it.”
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