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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Congressman Andy Harris Supports PLAN Act to Force President Obama to Pass a Balanced Budget

February 6, 2013
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-1) strongly supported the “Require a PLAN Act” (H.R. 444) that requires President Obama to submit a budget that balances in 10 years or let Congress know by April 1st when his budget would balance. Below is also a radio recording by Rep. Harris where he discusses his support for the “Require a PLAN Act.”

The President of the United States is obligated by “The Budget and Accounting Act” to submit a budget each year on the first Monday in February. Even though he is obligated to do so, President Obama has been late to submit a budget four of the last five years. On Monday, the President said he would not be submitting his budget on time and did not let Congress know when his budget would be submitted.

This bill is common sense legislation to compel President Obama to fulfill his responsibility to pass a budget that balances. Families and businesses all across Maryland have to live within a budget, so Washington needs to as well. After four years of trillion dollar deficits, it’s time that President Obama acknowledge the spending problem America faces and do something about it.

Rep. Andy Harris statement:

“America cannot continue spending money we don’t have. We have a moral obligation to ensure that the country we leave our children and grandchildren is as free and prosperous as the one our parents left for us. Yet today, each child in this country owes $53,000 as a share of the national debt. That must change. President Obama needs to get serious about the debt being left to our children, and the “Require a PLAN Act” forces him to do his job.”