West MI lawmakers call for balanced federal budget

LANSING — Measures calling on Congress to submit for ratification an amendment of the U.S. Constitution to require the federal government to operate with a balanced budget were approved Tuesday by a Senate panel.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 26, Senate Resolution 115 and House Concurrent Resolution 6 were approved by the Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, and Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, to Lansing to testify in support of the measures.

“Michigan operates on a balanced budget, while the federal government isn’t required to,” said Meekhof, a member of the Senate panel. “Not having to balance the budget is how we end up with a national debt of $14 trillion and an annual budget deficit of $1.3 trillion. Spending more than we bring in is not sustainable and we must try to change the culture in Washington.”

Huizenga, a member of the Balanced Budget Caucus, spoke to members of the committee about the dangers of the country continuing to operate without a balanced budget.

SCR 26 (sponsored by Hansen), SR 115, and HCR 6, urge Congress to adopt and submit to the states for ratification an amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

“When I made investments in the grocery store I owned, I could only spend up to the amount of revenue my store generated – not a penny more. Just like our families and job providers, our federal government should also live within its means,” Hansen said. “I look forward to seeing my resolution approved by the Senate. I strongly encourage Congress to act and bring the federal budget and national debt under control.”

SCR 26, SR 115 and HCR 6 now go to the full Senate for further consideration.