February 25, 2011

Is amending the Constitution the only way to balance the federal budget?

Veronique de Rugy

George Gibbs Chair in Political Economy

Veronique de Rugy explains that today’s budget cuts are “missing an enforcement mechanism.” “If you have a constitutional amendment, Congress’s hands are tied,” says Rugy. With the rules that exist now, “They ignore them, or they pass rules that aren’t binding, or they do away with the rules."