With more and more Presidential candidates, Governors, lawmakers and citizens signing the “Cut, Cap and Balance” Pledge, national support for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is increasing. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) referenced this surge of support in a July 1 speech, joining colleagues on the Senate floor to urge Congress to solve the debt crisis quickly.
“We don’t want to raise the debt-ceiling. We don’t want more debt. But you know what, as Republicans, for the good of the country, we’re willing to raise the debt, but only — and I repeat, only if we have significant budgetary reform,” Paul said. “We have to balance the budget by law, force Congress to do it, by changing the Constitution. It’s the only way it will ever change.”
In President Barack Obama’s June 29 press conference, the President accused Congress of being “in one week… out one week” in Washington, and suggested that Congress was not around to “do their job.”
Paul referenced Obama’s comment in his July 1 speech, saying: “I’m here today, though, Mr. President. Where are you? My understanding is the President is campaigning, has a fund-raiser in Philadelphia tonight. I don’t believe he’s here tackling the nation’s problems today… Where is the President? Campaigning.”