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Coalition for Budget Integrity
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January 27, 1997

We, the undersigned organizations, strongly urge you to oppose a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.

The proposed constitutional amendment is not the answer to the nation's economic problems. The proposed balanced budget amendment is likely to damage the economy more than strengthen it. The amendment would require larger spending cuts or tax increases in years of slow growth than in years of rapid growth, precisely the opposite of what is needed to stabilize the economy and avert recessions. The amendment thus risks making economic recessions more frequent and deeper.

A constitutional amendment would also be likely to limit public investments which are critical to long-term economic growth because the amendment fails to distinguish public investments needed for growth from other areas of government spending. The amendment would largely deny the federal government a basic practice that most businesses, families, and state and local governments use -- borrowing to finance investments with long-term payoffs.

This amendment has no place in the Constitution of the United States. It would inappropriately draw the judicial branch of government into the determination of fiscal and economic policy. The amendment also undermines the important constitutional principle of majority rule by establishing a three-fifths vote to allow a budget to go unbalanced.

The American public has a right to know how a balanced budget will be achieved before a balanced budget amendment is enacted. Which important programs -- education, health care, social security, transportation, job training, environmental protection, housing -- will either be dramatically cut or eliminated threatening America's vital interests?

We strongly urge you to oppose the constitutional balanced budget amendment.


Advocates for Youth
AIDS Action Council
Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
Amalgamated Transit Union
American Arts Alliance
American Association of Children#s Residential Centers
American Association of Classified School Employees
American Association of Retired Persons
American Association of University Professors
American Federation of Government Employees
American Federation of School Administrators
American Federation of Teachers
American Friends Service Committee
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Congress
American Postal Workers Union
American Public Health Association
Americans for Democratic Action
Association of Performing Arts Centers
B'nai B'rith
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Bread for the World
Catholic Charities USA
Center for Community Change
Center for Law and Education
Center for Law and Social Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Center for the Advancement of Public Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Center on Disability and Health
Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Child Welfare League of America
Children#s Foundation
Children's Defense Fund
Church Women United
Citizen Action
Coalition for Low Income Community Development
Coalition for New Priorities
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Coalition on Human Needs
Colorado Rivers Alliance
Common Cause
Communications Workers of America
Community Nutrition Institute
Community Service Society of New York
Consumer Federation of America
Council of Graduate Schools
Council of Jewish Federations
Democratic Socialists of America
Economic Policy Institute
Environmental Action
Environmental Justice Working Group
Environmental Working Group
Families USA
Family Service America
Food Research Action Center
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Friends of the Earth
Fund for New Priorities in America
Grassroots Policy Project
Gray Panthers
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron, Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers
International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers
Laborers' International Union of North America
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
League of Women Voters
Legal Action Center
Libraries for the Future
Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, ELCA
McAuley Institute
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Migrant Legal Action Program
National Association for Visually Handicapped
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association of Child Advocates
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of Letter Carriers
National Association of Retired Federal Employees
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
National Association of Social Workers
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Senior Citizens
National Council on Aging
National Council on Family Relations
National Education Association
National Family Farm Coalition National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
National Farmers Union
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council
National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Minority AIDS Council
National Neighborhood Coalition
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Puerto Rican Coalition
National Rural Housing Coalition
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Treasury Employees Union
National Urban League
National Women's Law Center
Natural Resources Defense Council
Neighbor to Neighbor
NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Older Women's League
OMB Watch
OPERA America
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Peace Action
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Public Employees Department, AFL-CIO
Service Employees International Union
The American Association of University Professors
The Enterprise Foundation
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UNITE, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees
United Auto Workers
United Church of Christ, Office for Church and Society
United Food and Commercial Workers Union
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
United States Student Association
United Steelworkers of America
United Transportation Union
Wider Opportunities for Women
Wisconsin Assembly of Local Arts Agencies
Women and Poverty Project
Women of Reform Judaism, The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
YWCA of the USA

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