Governor Rick Perry of Texas has called for a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the federal budget in order to prevent the body from engaging in uncontrolled spending.
The Republican blasted Washington’s push to expand Medicaid coverage and the move last month to raise the national debt limit to $12.4 trillion, which amounts to an additional $39,000 per taxpayer.
"I am convinced that a constitutional limit on Washington’s spending sprees and irresponsible borrowing is the only boundary [Congress] will understand and heed," Perry said.
He added that without a similar amendment "the hard work that Texas and states like ours have done to make prudent fiscal decisions will be washed away by Washington’s growing avalanche of excess."
The governor is also fighting for fiscal responsibility on the home turf. He recently called for the establishment of a statewide inspector general to maximize cost efficiency at state agencies and for amendments to the Texas Constitution to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes and limit the growth of state spending based on inflation and population growth.
In March Perry will face Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson in a Republican primary for the gubernatorial nomination. Hutchinson has accused her opponent of engaging in "election-year rhetoric" and of being fiscally irresponsible himself.