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21 May 2010

Jim Marshall Renews His Call For A Balanced Budget Amendment

That's Just Peachy points us to news this morning that 8th district Congressman Jim Marshall renewed his call for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Led in part by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon, a group of U.S. House members is pushing for an amendment to the Constitution that would require the government to balance the federal budget and keep it balanced.

"It's grossly irresponsible to our children" not to balance the federal budget, said Marshall, who's facing a potentially tough re-election campaign this year.

The Treasury Department recently reported that the federal deficit in April reached a record $83 billion. The Obama administration has forecast that the annual deficit could hit a record $1.56 trillion this year.

Keefe, Bob (2010-5-20). U.S. Rep. Marshall, others push for balanced budget amendment. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-5-21.

. . .I'm authoring a resolution for consideration by the state Democratic convention that puts the Democratic Party of Georgia on record as endorsing the balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and urges Congress to take all necessary steps to submit the amendment to the states for their ratification as quickly as possible.
Doug Moore, spokesman for the Congressman , told WMAZ-TV that Marshall "believes a balanced-budget amendment is needed because 'our fiscal house is completely out of order.' That threatens our economy and passes mountains of debt along to future generations." [O'Donnell, Bernard (2010-5-20). Marshall Backs Balanced-Budget Amendment. WMAZ-TV. Retrieved on 2010-5-21.]

I agree. And I believe it is important for Democrats to stand strong on the issues of fiscal restraint and fiscal responsibility.

That's why I'm authoring a resolution for consideration by the state Democratic convention that puts the Democratic Party of Georgia on record as endorsing the balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and urges Congress to take all necessary steps to submit the amendment to the states for their ratification as quickly as possible.

This resolution makes all the sense in the world, and its underlying subject matter is supported by four prominent members of the state Democratic committee.

Marshall, along with Congressmen Barrow, Bishop and Scott, are co-sponsors of House Joint Resolution 78; a resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. All four Georgia Democratic Congressmen serve on the state Democratic committee and all will serve as delegates to the state convention this summer.

The Democratic Party of Georgia's Bylaws say that "all proposed resolutions for consideration by the State Convention shall be submitted in writing to the Resolutions Committee and shall be signed by at least one delegate to the State Convention." I'm a delegate to the state Democratic convention. I'm signing the resolution. And I encourage my colleagues to do the same so that we can make this thing unanimous.