WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today joined a press conference to call for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In order for a Balanced Budget Amendment to become law on the federal level, it could be proposed by two-thirds of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Then it would need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.
Graham acknowledged it would be difficult to get 67 votes in the U.S. Senate. That is why he is also in favor of an effort underway in South Carolina that is encouraging the Palmetto State to become the 28th state to call for an Article V convention to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- GRAHAM: “…if Republicans take charge of the United States Senate [in 2022], I will do everything in my power to make sure we have a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the [U.S.] Constitution. We may not get 67 [votes in favor], but we’re going to have a vote and you can find out where the problems are... My goal as your Senator in Washington is to be part of the solution to the best I can. I hear what you’re telling me about Washington, and I totally agree.”
- GRAHAM: “I’m not here to blame one party over the other. But I am here to say that the Republican Party is for a Balanced Budget Amendment and the Democratic Party is AWOL.”
- GRAHAM: “My hope is that at the state level, we can make it clear to members of Congress what they should be doing. I have gotten your message loud and clear.”
- GRAHAM: “We’re going to become Greece as a nation if we don’t turn this around. It’s going to require compromise. No one party is going to save Medicare and Social Security.”