Balanced Budget Amendment Rejected by House

Liberty Alerts, Matt Cover,

The House of Representatives rejected a proposed balanced budget amendment (BBA) on Friday in a 261-165 vote, falling 29 votes shy of the 290 votes needed to pass the measure. Most Republicans voted for the measure while a majority of Democrats opposed it. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said earlier this week that he would lobby his fellow Democrats to oppose the amendment.

The amendment was the same version as the one that passed the House in 1995 on a 300-132 vote before falling one vote short in the Senate. The current version (H.J. Res 2) differed from the one contained in Cut, Cap, and Balance legislation that passed the House  in August.

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