Speaker Harwell Joins NFIB in Supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment

Date: February 11, 2014

Speaking today at NFIB/Tennessee’s Small Business Day at the Capitol, House Speaker Beth Harwell said she supports an effort to change the U.S. Constitution so Congress will be required to balance the federal budget.

Harwell is among 56 co-sponsors of House Joint Resolution 548; only 50 votes are needed to pass the resolution in the House and send it to the state Senate.

Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee, said small-business owners also support legislation that would authorize state delegates to attend a limited convention of the states, as authorized by Article V of the U.S. Constitution, solely for the purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.

Thirty-four states must authorize such a convention, with at least 20 having done so already; 38 states must approve any agreed-upon language in order to ratify the amendment.

Click here to learn more about NFIB’s position on a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the federal budget.

Other speakers at Small Business Day included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Rep. Dennis Powers, political consultants John Rowley and Chip Saltsman and a panel of journalists comprised of Chris Bundgaard of WKRN-ABC 2, Ed Cromer of The Tennessee Journal and Andrea Zelinski of the Nashville Post and Nashville Scene.

The event was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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