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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

‘Who’s Got The Guts?’: Poliquin Calls on Politicians to Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment Today

April 12, 2018
Press Release
Poliquin is a longtime supporter of the Balanced Budget Amendment and cosponsored the measure in his first week in Congress

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a longtime supporter and original cosponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment, took to the House Floor to call on all Members of Congress of both parties, many of whom in recent months have started expressing on-the-record their concerns about government spending, to join him in supporting the measure when it is voted on today.


Congressman Poliquin calls on all Members of Congress to support a Balanced Budget Amendment from the House Floor today.


“The process of how Washington spends Mainers’ and Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars is broken. It’s past time we fix this,” said Congressman Poliquin. “For generations, the hardworking families of Maine’s 2nd District have balanced their checkbooks at the kitchen table. It’s time Washington does the same.


“When I was State Treasurer in Maine, I helped make sure Augusta’s books were balanced without gimmicks.  It is simply not fair for career politicians to spend every nickel they collect from hardworking Mainers in taxes, and then borrow as much as they want to spend on top of that. The spending in Washington is horrible, and I’ve seen enough.


“That’s why today I’m voting for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution, the second time I have cosponsored such legislation.


“The only way to balance our nation’s books, and to pay down the $21 trillion debt, is to pass an amendment to our constitution. This will force all members of Congress to be more careful and deliberative about where our tax dollars are going. It would include the U.S. Senate, regardless of the filibuster rule, and the House. It will force smart decision making from the bottom up, and the top down, on priorities and put the nation on a glide path to erase the debt over time.”


The House will vote on H.J.Res.2, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, later this afternoon. Congressman Poliquin is an original cosponsor of the measure.