Sen. Graham: Balanced Budget Amendment Crucial

Friday, 29 Jul 2011 04:23 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday he opposes Boehner’s debt-reduction plan because it does not call for an immediate constitutional amendment to balance the budget as a condition to raising the debt ceiling.
 
“The only way Washington will change is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution,” Graham told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “I know it’s frustrating for Republicans to put one plan up after another and the White House never put [out] their plan. You know why Republicans are having a problem is that we’re trying to solve a problem by ourselves, and that’s not fair to the Republican Party.”

Van Susteren asked why White House press secretary Jay Carney keeps saying the Obama administration has a plan to reduce the debt, but does not present any proposal in any form.

“Because he’s getting away with it because in this town, nobody’s holding him accountable like we’re holding each other accountable,” Graham said. “I do believe that the balanced budget amendment could pass if we had enough time to take the case to the American people — there are 20 Democratic senators who are on record saying, I support it.

“I would like to have a couple of months where we run ads in those states, where we have rallies in those states, and say to that Democratic senator: ‘Don’t say things if you don’t mean it. So there are the votes in the Senate if we go after them,” he continued.

 “In 1997, we failed by one vote in the Senate. I would argue that what’s happened between ‘97 and now cries out for a balanced budget amendment a hundred times more today than we needed it then,” Graham said.

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