House Rejects Balanced Budget Amendment

House Rejects Balanced Budget Amendment

A vote on a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to produce a balanced budget annually failed today in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In order to pass the House, the amendment would require a two-thirds vote or 264 votes.  However, Republicans came up short 23 votes.  All but four Republicans voted for the amendment along with 25 Democrats.

In a Christian Science Monitor article, Representative Candice Miller (R-Michigan) said during a floor debate prior to the vote, “Since that time our national debt has grown by over $9 trillion, including nearly $4 trillion in new debt in just the last three years.  It is time for this Congress to use the tools our Founding Fathers gave us to amend the Constitution to save further generations from the shackles of unsustainable debt.”

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