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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Isakson Continues Fight to Amend Constitution to Require Balanced Federal Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement following his vote in support of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution:

"Our national debt has reached an unprecedented $14 trillion and risen by more than 25 percent in just the last two years, which is simply unacceptable. This is why I continue to support a balanced budget amendment," said Isakson. "We must require the federal government to do what the American people have had to do during this economically challenging time—make the difficult choices of how to spend their money and where to make cuts. I refuse to stand by and let the government continue to mortgage our children's and grandchildren's future."

The amendment, which was offered on Wednesday by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), failed by a vote of 58 to 40. Sixty votes were required for passage.

Isakson again cosponsored a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget earlier this year and has supported similar legislation in past years. In addition, he has supported measures to curb federal spending, reform the budgeting process and increase oversight of federal spending.