A group of Republican lawmakers held a press conference at the Arkansas capitol today to announce their support for the National Debt Relief Amendment. According to The Associated Press, this bill would amend the U.S. Constitution to require the approval of a majority of state legislatures before the nation’s debt ceiling could be raised.
Among those backing the bill is State Representative Mark Biviano (R-Searcy).
In a statement put out by his campaign, Rep. Biviano said the national debt is enslaving Americans:
It is imperative that we get our national debt under control. That is why I am eager to join with my conservative colleagues in America to promote fiscal responsibility on the federal level. Nearly every state in the Union has a balanced budget amendment and so should our leaders in Washington.
The National Debt Relief Amendment represents a common sense solution to the federal debt crisis. It will make Congress accountable through a more transparent and politically open process before the national debt can be increased.
So far 2 other states have passed bills identical to the Arkansas version.
Other supporters of the amendment include State Representative David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) who is spearheading the effort. The resolution has 16 backers in all, 15 Republicans and 1 Democrat.
I have not had a chance to read the full text of the amendment yet, so I will withhold extensive analysis, but at the very least this is a serious, bold effort to address our national debt. From a recent graduate who is feeling the brunt of this economy, and from someone whose future is being endangered by the reckless spending going on in Washington: thank you for leading.