Udall Urges Senate to Pass his Proposal to Balance the Federal Budget

December 19, 2011

Mark Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor, urging his colleagues to support his proposal requiring Congress to balance the federal budget. The Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday morning on the measure, which Udall has championed for many months as one important way to stabilize the budget for the long term.

Udall has been a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility and a comprehensive solution to our skyrocketing $15 trillion national debt. He helped lead the fight to create the president's bipartisan committee on reducing the national debt, which was chaired by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY). Udall has urged Congress to approve the Bowles-Simpson Commission's recommendations to cut the debt by $4 trillion over the next decade.

But Udall believes the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is also needed to ensure our debt never again threatens our economy and our national security.

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