WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his continued push for budget reform, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday urging the House to consider H.J.Res. 8, legislation introduced by Fitzpatrick on his first day which would amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

The complete text below:

Honorable Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515


Mr. Speaker,

Washington’s budget system is broken and my constituents are rightfully concerned about both the process and outcome of the federal government’s budget. As the House moves to consider the federal budget – and with it, other crucial economic policies regarding tax reform and regulatory reform – I urge you to take this opportunity to make serious, once-in-a-lifetime change which will spur economic growth, create accountability for elected leaders and restore trust in Congress. This can be done by enacting a balanced budget requirement.

On my first day in Congress, as part of a larger government reform package based on my work as an FBI anti-corruption agent and concerns from my constituents, I introduced H.J.Res. 8 which I urge you to bring to the House floor. This measure would amend the Constitution to require Congress to adopt a budget that balances like most states and municipalities, including Pennsylvania. A Balanced Budget amendment is the only thing which will force Washington to stop kicking the can down the road, and will create a fiscal path that will allow the next generation to thrive.

The American people too often see a system that does more to preserve the status quo than it does solving our most pressing challenges. This simple, yet powerful, reform can have real, lasting impact. I urge for its immediate consideration.

I look forward to working with you on this matter.


Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress

H.J.Res. 8 is one part of Fitzpatrick’s government reform package. Learn more at fitzpatrick.house.gov/realreform