Washington, D.C. (AP) - The House has rejected a proposed
constitutional amendment that would have forced Congress to balance its budget every year as a way to reverse years of deficit
A majority of House members supported the balanced budget
measure, but supporters fell short of achieving the two-thirds
majority needed to amend the Constitution.
Republicans who backed the amendment said it was the only way to
get Congress to put its fiscal house in order. Democratic critics
said a balanced budget requirement would result in drastic cuts in
Medicare and other social programs when economic downturns put the budget out of balance.
It was the first House vote on a balanced budget amendment since
1995, when the House approved it but the bill fell one vote short
in the Senate.
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