The current Congress, controlled by Democrats and Republicans, rarely says “no" to new spending. Adding insult to injury, the House regularly breaks with established parliamentary procedure in order to pass spending bills without roll call votes. This means that no individual representative goes on record as voting in favor of these never-ending expenditures. Sick, isn't it? The only way to stop the bleeding is to require balanced budgets, to allow amendments on spending bills to be offered from the floor, and to require that every spending bill vote be recorded by roll call.

Will the House of Representatives enact these measures on their own? I doubt it. But as your senator, I will introduce legislation to enforce spending accountability and make members who oppose it answer directly for their opposition.