Winter Park Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy may have turned skeptical eyes when she became the first Democrat in this session to introduce a federal balanced budget bill last week, but she’s seeking to face constituents about it Thusrday.

The congresswoman announced she is holding a community forum Thursday on the the bill and her concerns about the federal budget, and a balanced budget exercise.

The forum will be at the WinterClub in east Orange County, starting at 2:30 p.m. Her office said Wednesday the event had reached maximum capacity and her office is no longer accepting RSVPs for attendance.

“Our national debt is skyrocketing, and we are irresponsibly passing this burden on to our children and grandchildren—shackling them with unsustainable debt,” Murphy stated in a June 29 news release announcing her intention to file the balanced-budget amendment bill. “Just as every family and small business is expected to balance their budget, so should the federal government. The only way to force Congress’ hand is to amend the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to pass a balanced budget each and every year. My balanced budget amendment will compel Congress to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars.”

That bill, House Joint Resolution 107, would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit the federal government from spending more than it receives in any given fiscal year, except in the cases of war or recession. It requires the president to annually submit to Congress a budget in which total outlays do not exceed total receipts. It also prohibits federal total outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year, unless Congress authorizes the excess by a vote of three-fifths of the members of each chamber.

Murphy’s amendment also generally prohibits a court from enforcing this requirement by ordering cuts to Social Security or Medicare payments.

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