2012 GOP Platform Endorses Balanced Budget Amendment

August 28, 2012 - 3:56 PM
Republican Convention

Delegates watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) The 2012 Republican Party Platform endorses a so-called strong balanced budget amendment that would force Congress to balance the federal budget without raising taxes and capping federal spending.

“We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase, with exceptions for only war and national emergencies, and imposing a cap limiting spending to the historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes,” the platform says.

The call for this type of balanced budget amendment marks a move to the right for the GOP. In 1996, Republicans nearly passed a different form of a balanced budget amendment that didn’t contain the super-majority requirement to raise taxes – falling one vote short of passage in the Senate.

Last year, House Republicans forced a vote on the stronger version of the amendment as part of the Budget Control Act. The amendment fell short of passage in both houses, failing to garner the required two-thirds majority it needed.

The stronger version of the amendment is new for 2012, with the 2008 platform merely calling for the simple version of the amendment that does not require a super-majority to raise taxes.

Likewise, the 2008 version of the platform did not include the cap on federal spending.