Wittman Votes in Favor of Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution:
“Today House Republicans demonstrated their commitment to fiscal responsibility. The government should not be able to spend more than it takes it, and by voting to add that provision to the most important document in our Nation sends a powerful message.
“In the past fourteen months, the House has worked hard to bring prosperity to Americans. This Congress, the House has approved over 566 bills. We have passed landmark legislation that properly funds our military, rolls back burdensome, Obama-era regulations, lifts major restrictions on our community banks, and repeals and replaces our failing health care system. The House completed all twelve appropriations bills along with a budget that would have allowed for billions in auto-pilot spending reforms. Most importantly, the president signed into law historic tax reform that has put money back into the pockets of hard-working Americans and small businesses. However, we must deliver on one of our most important promises: fiscal responsibility.
“We must address the fundamental problem of runaway, autopilot spending. We have a lot of work to do to get Washington’s spending habits under control and to make sure we don’t burden future generations. I believe addressing our auto-pilot spending programs will be critical to protecting our nation’s long-term fiscal health. I am here and ready to work with my colleagues on these critical issues.”
H.J. Res. 2 failed the House by a vote of 223-184.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.