Oppose Balanced Budget Amendment
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote the week of July 18 on a Balanced Budget Amendment (H.J.Res. 1) that would gut Medicaid and the safety net for mental health services. The Senate is also expected to consider the legislation (S.J.Res. 23) in the coming weeks.
A balanced budget constitutional amendment would imperil the health of the nation and our economy. By requiring an arbitrary and severe cap on total spending, it would result in disproportionate cuts to non-security spending and profound reductions to Medicaid. Such a cap would force cuts far more draconian than even the severe cuts in the budget that the House of Representatives passed in April. It would also require a two-thirds “super majority” in both the House and the Senate to raise revenue.
In short, a balanced budget amendment is a recipe for making recessions more frequent, longer, and deeper, while requiring severe cuts that would disproportionately impact seniors, children, veterans, and people with disabilities, and jeopardize public safety, education and public health services. It would almost certainly necessitate massive cuts to vital programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and other programs. In other words, these proposals will have a deep and lasting impact on individuals with, or at risk of, mental health and substance use conditions and their families.
A responsible deficit reduction plan must embrace both spending cuts and new revenues, not a one-sided reliance on spending cuts. A balanced budget amendment should not be used as a substitute for real leadership on fiscal policy.
Contact Your Legislators Today: Tell Them to Oppose a Balanced Budget Amendment
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As you work to address our nation's fiscal challenges, I urge you to oppose any balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution (H.J.Res. 1/S.J.Res. 23). A balanced budget constitutional amendment would imperil the health of the nation.
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I support the goal of fiscal responsibility, but not at the expense of the health and welfare of our families, our communities, and our nation. I strongly urge you to oppose any constitutional balanced budget amendment.
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