On January 22, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) publicly came out in favor of balancing the budget.
This common-sense announcement was a big win for conservatives. The Heritage Foundation has long been urging Congress to balance the budget, and our Saving the American Dream plan does it in less than 10 years.
Boehner’s statement came about thanks to a conservative coalition including The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization, Heritage Action for America. Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle has the story:
On January 15, Michael Needham, Chris Chocola, and Tony Perkins—the heads of those three conservative groupsurged House GOP leadership to support a budget that balances in 10 years. “Very simply, we can quickly jump-start our economy and improve the lives of millions of Americans by insisting that Washington not raise the debt ceiling unless our nation gets on a path to a balanced budget within 10 years that stays balanced,” they wrotein a Politico op-ed.
A couple days later, Needham’s Heritage Action published a “Memo for the Conservative Movement” which had a top line calling for a 10-year balancing budget.
On January 18, a group of current and former chairmen of the conservative Republican Study Committee called for the same thing. Needham backed that call, asking for House leadership, including Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, “to publicly honor this agreement.”
It was not until several days later, on January 22, that Boehner backed the idea of a budget that balanced within 10 years.
Conservatives realize that a balanced budget is important. Even President Clinton realized this twenty years ago. So why don’t today’s liberals realize this today?
Do you think balancing the budget should be a priority?