Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal today, the co-author with GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina of a piece pushing for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
Snowe is considered a moderate Republican, while DeMint is known as an arch-conservative. But the pair note that all 47 Senate Republicans are co-sponsors of a balanced budget amendment bill.
The balanced budget amendment push is made against the backdrop of the debate over raising the country's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
"If Congress increases our national debt ceiling next month without permanent, structural budget reforms, we will signal to taxpayers and bond markets alike that Washington is still in denial," Snowe and DeMint wrote. "Whatever agreement is reached, everyone will know that future Congresses are not obligated to follow it. As a result, the only way to compel lawmakers to maintain their responsibility forever is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution."Tweet
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
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