Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Rep. Smith Votes to Balance Budget

Apr 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Smith voted for a balanced budget amendment (H.J. Res. 2) to the Constitution to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to federal government spending. The proposal for a balanced budget amendment did not pass in the House with a vote of 233-184.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “American families balance their checkbooks and so should the government. I was a member of the Budget Committee when we achieved the last balanced budget. And I have co-sponsored other balanced budget amendments to the Constitution. I will continue to support legislation that reduces federal spending, the deficit, and the national debt.”

Background: This bill requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Congress is authorized to waive these requirements when a declaration of war is in effect or if the United States is engaged in military conflict that causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security.

Watch video of Congressman Smith speaking about the Balanced Budget Amendment on the House floor here.