House fails to pass balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

On Nov. 18, the House failed to pass the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution by the required two-thirds majority. The proposed constitutional amendment (H J Res 2) received a vote of 265 to 165. The amendment would have required total federal outlays in any given year not exceed the total amount of revenue taken in unless Congress voted with a three-fifths majority to allow it. It also would allow Congress to waive the balanced-budget requirement with a simple majority vote in years where a declaration of war was in effect. The Arc opposes a balanced budget amendment which would harm the overall economy and people with disabilities in particular. Learn more at the CBPP website.
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