Florida House panel pushes for balanced federal budget

Will a House memorial bill inspire Washington to finally balance its books?

As Washington mulls yet another raise of the debt ceiling, the House Appropriations Committee is urging the federal government to finally balance its books.

HM 189, introduced by Rep. Tyler Sirois, urges the government in Washington to “take immediate action to begin to reduce the national debt and enact legislation requiring a balanced federal budget.”

Appropriations was the sole committee of reference for the legislation. Because the bill is a House memorial, it will pass if the full House passes it.

The memorial asks Secretary of State Cord Byrd to “dispatch copies of this memorial to the President of the United States, to the President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and to each member of the Florida delegation to the Congress of the United States.”

Sirois, a Republican from Brevard County, noted in the measure that federal debt ballooned by $2.5 billion in the last fiscal year, with debt maintenance costs of $48 billion encompassing 12% of federal spending.

He said in committee that the nonbinding memorial “implores Congress” to make resolving the debt a “priority.”

“Our nation’s debt grows by approximately $45 every second,” Sirois noted, describing federal deficits as a “drag on our economy.”

“This memorial urges Congress to follow Florida’s lead, along with 41 other states, and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.”

Committee members did not debate the bill ahead of a unanimous 29-0 vote in favor of the memorial.

As the committee analysis of the measure asserts, “legislative memorials are not subject to the Governor’s veto power and are not presented to the Governor for review. Memorials have no force of law, as they are mechanisms for formally petitioning the federal government to act on a particular subject.”

Additionally, “the memorial does not have a fiscal impact on state or local governments.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Jeff

    February 21, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    If you want a balance budget with full defense funding and prioritized funding for specific needs, then the rich donors of the GOP and the upper middle class would have to expect giant tax increases. Spending cuts when combined with tax cuts will never give you a balance. budgets.

    Only massive tax increases combine with targeted spending cuts will give you a balance budget. The budget surpluses of the 90s were a result of the large tax increases and target spending cuts.

  • Mr. Haney

    February 21, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Republican idiots simply don’t understand that US Debt is the safest investment on the planet and what backs up the entire financial system.

  • cassandra

    February 21, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Return the corporate tax rates to previous levels: 40, 50, 60…%. *ALL* high income earners and corporations should pay taxes. Under Eisenhower, the tax rate was over 90 percent. Even after *all* tax deductions, high earners typically paid half of their income in taxes.

    If your lifestyle or business plan requires not paying taxes, as Rick Scott says: Get a job! Quit demanding socialist welfare from hard-working Americans.

    House Republicans want a 30% sales tax on literally every purchase. And they want to completely stop taxing income–even for those earning $Millions. A Tax Policy Center analysis concluded this type plan would: “reduce the tax burden for the top 1 percent by 40 percent”, while increasing taxes on working and middle-class families.

    Republicans, if you care about the debt and the budget get your donors to pay their taxes.

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