“We’re on a High-Speed Train Heading For a Fiscal Cliff”

Rep. Newhouse speaks on House floor in support of Balanced Budget Amendment to put nation’s fiscal house in order

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WASHINGTON DC- Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) spoke on the House floor yesterday in support of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Rep. Newhouse is a cosponsor, and the legislation was not approved by the House, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. In his floor speech Newhouse said, “in order for Congress to consistently make the tough decisions necessary to control spending, elected representatives need the external pressure of a balanced budget requirement.”

The bill would mandate that Congress not spend more money than it receives in revenue. This amendment would also require a true majority in both the House and Senate to pass a tax increase, along with a three-fifths supermajority requirement to raise the debt limit.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.