|Oppose the "Balanced Budget Amendment"|
The House of Representatives will vote this week on a balanced budget amendment (H.J.Res.2) to the U.S. Constitution. While this doesn't sound so bad on paper, an amendment like this would actually hurt millions of ordinary Americans and have a lasting, detrimental impact on America's economy. Although AAUW recognizes that these are tough budgetary times, a balanced budget should not come on the backs of vulnerable Americans.
CALL TODAY and tell your representative: Oppose the "Balanced Budget Amendment," which would hurt millions of Americans and further weaken our economy!
This amendment would threaten our economy's ability to recover from recession and volatility, create serious problems for the solvency of Social Security, and very likely force enormous cuts in programs that millions of Americans depend on, such as welfare, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Additionally, the amendment would impose drastic cuts to federal student aid. Due to the recession, more students are seeking aid and additional people are returning to school to retrain, making additional Pell grant investments crucial.
According to many renowned economists (including several Nobel Laureates), amending the U.S. Constitution to require annual spending be offset by annual revenue and that a supermajority of both houses vote to raise the federal debt, is unsound economic policy that will have harmful unintended consequences.CALL TODAY! You can view your representative's contact infomration by visiting AAUW's Two-Minute Activist, then typing in your zip code.
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