Gov. Nikki Haley signed the Cut, Cap, Balance pledge Thursday along with several Republican governors, to urge fiscal restraint in Washington, D.C.

The pledge, according to Haley's office, calls for significant spending cuts, a statutory spending cap, and a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution to set new standards for Congress to raise the debt limit.

"Ending the fiscal chaos in Washington starts with real reform to the budgeting process," Haley said in a statement. "Instead of taking the easy way out and raising the debt limit, it's time for politicians to make the same tough decisions we're making in South Carolina. Not everyone will be happy, but it's the right thing to do for the long-term fiscal health of the country. And if Congress passes a balanced budget amendment, I will do everything I can to make sure South Carolina supports ratification."

Govs. Rick Perry of Texas, Sean Parnell of Alaska and Gary Herbert of Utah also signed.

The pledge already has been signed by seven presidential candidates, 28 Congressmen and 12 U.S. senators, according to Haley's office.