Senator Rand Paul speaks to Kentucky lawmakersSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:38
Kentucky's freshman senator is meeting with state lawmakers in Frankfort Tuesday.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul testified before a state senate committee this morning about the need for a balanced federal budget.
His appearance brought a large crowd to the state capitol.
Paul joined Kentucky Senate President David Williams at a Senate Local Government Committee hearing.
The committee considered a resolution designed to send a strong message to Washington about federal spending and taxation.
The resolution proposes an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would require a balanced federal budget.
The amendment would do a number of things, including setting spending limits, setting limits on debt and borrowing, and prohibiting new taxes.
Paul says such resolutions are needed in Washington because he says federal lawmakers are spending too much money.
Some of the committee said a resolution asking for a constitutional convention would go too far.
"We are currently spending $10 billion a day," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said. "Of the $10 billion, we are borrowing $4 billion a day. It's enormous."