House conservatives are urging Republican House Speaker John Boehner to include institutional spending reforms, including a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, as part of the GOP’s demand to Democrats for raising the debt ceiling.
The effort by the conservatives, who are led by RSC Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, comes as Majority Leader Eric Cantor is negotiating with Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Daniel Inouye over sizable spending cuts, but not, according to Cantor’s public comments, any of the institutional reforms the conservatives are proposing.
Polls show the idea is widely popular with the public, but one objection commonly given to a balanced budget amendment is that it is impractical in the event of a war or other emergency.
Another objection is that getting the required 38 states to ratify the amendment would be difficult and time consuming.