Democrats Urged to Vote Against a Balanced Budget Amendment

Democrats Urged to Vote Against a Balanced Budget Amendment

In the United States House, Democrat leaders are urging party members to vote against any balanced budget amendment.  Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who voted for such a constitutional amendment in 1995, said Congress needs to first bring itself out of its current hole.  In a USA Today article, Representative Hoyer says, “I think a balanced budget amendment right now is a distraction and a political device, not a policy device.”

A vote is scheduled in the House for the week of November 14th; however, even is all 242 Republican members vote for it, the amendment’s passage will require 48 Democrats to break ranks.  Passage requires a two-thirds majority from both chambers before being sent to the states for ratification.  If a Balanced Budget Amendment does pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, it is likely to fail in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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