BREAKING: House rejects balanced budget amendment
November 18th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: House rejects balanced budget amendment

Washington (CNN) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Friday rejected a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution - a setback to GOP leaders and conservative activists who claim the measure is necessary to end the federal government's spiraling deficit spending.

A total of 261 members voted for the measure - 29 votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for passage - while 165 members opposed it.

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  1. mmillie

    No surprise here. The Senate would not have passed this bill. No real work is being done by this session of Congress or its subsidiary, the Super Committee. Best possible outcome: Let the Bush tax cuts expire and hope for the best from the next Congress.

    November 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    BREAKING: House fails to pass balanced budget amendment

    No, you don't say (insert sarcasm).

    November 18, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. THE LONE OKIE

    The Tea Party is out of step with the majority. Congress is wasting thme, no work on jobs and saving peoples homes.

    November 18, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Namejkane

    Just another dopey bill by the do nothing teapublican,who have a pledge with rover nitwitequest instead of the American people and the jobs bill there supposed to be working on. Don't worry America, all the teabags will be gone in Nov. 2012 along with rover nitquist, he should be thrown in jail with the rest of the teabag clowns.

    November 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans knows that they don’t have votes so why they are wasting the time

    Unproductive congress we ever seen

    November 18, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Karen Grube

    This will give them the chance to pass a REAL Balanced Budget amendment with NO tax hikes. Good for them!

    November 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. J

    This is a dishonest headline. Whatever you think of the measure, it wasn't rejected. It simply didn't pass. There's a difference and you, CNN, should be ashamed of your reporting here. Get it right.

    November 18, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Wow...Boehner's going to reek of scotch tonight for sure...what an embarassment for him.

    "Sixty percent of Americans believe a balanced budget amendment is necessary to get the deficit under control, according to the poll."

    And I'm wililng to bet my left arm that over 90% of them wouldn't score 60% on a test to determine whether they have even a rudimentary understanding of the budget. I'm gonna stick with the vast consensus of experts on this one that the balanced budget amendment nonsense is exrtemely dangerous and risks all kinds of damage to the economy in myriad situations.

    November 18, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "it wasn't rejected. It simply didn't pass"

    Yes, and the sun's not shiny, it's just isn't dull.

    November 18, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Tim

    This House (Rep controlled) will go down as the most unproductive in this country's history! So this is no surprise at all. Bonehead is a joke!

    November 18, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Romney, he changes his positions as often as his magic underwear.

    The only Republican I like is a dead one.

    November 18, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs are insane

    Way to work on your jobs bill, you stupid deathcult.

    November 18, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Stupidity2darnhigh

    Someone said it best on twitter. This Congress can't even pass The Salt if you asked nicely.

    So this is nothing new. Got anything that's worth reporting?!

    November 18, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. stevie

    Democrats never want a balanced budget. They don`t know how.

    November 18, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. ST

    Totally trashed. Why do more harm than good! No need at all.

    November 18, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. buzzo

    Oh lordy......Ifin theyd passed that ida lost my free cell phone, my food stamps, my utilities assistance check, my welfare check, my free medical and dental care and wouldn't be able to git my car fixed for nothin. Thank all uv you good democrats. You got my vote next year.

    November 18, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    There's your proof........that no one intends to ever pay, the national debt. Not EVER!

    November 18, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    The GOP once again throwing red meat to the carnivorous base

    November 18, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. mao dan-dan

    When a demoncrat, that's right, (demoncrat) opens his mout, lie spill out all over the place along with all manners of unclean things (frogs, etc.). When the iberals say anything at all, we all know they are lying. does anyone really care what they say or think NO!!! Of course not! They have nothing but demonic evil things to say. Watch what I mean as they come out foaming at the mouth wil their vileness!

    November 18, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. mao dan-dan

    Most libs don't pay taxes. I know many of them and they are perfectly happy not having to do so.We do that for them. Most of them are the 48% of people that live off of the rest of us. How does feel to never pay any taxes? You all just love freeloading on the 52% that actually do pay taxes!

    November 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are amazingly persistent. All of them should have been mail carriers because neither facts, nor polls, nor the obvious reality of election results will uproot them from their self-annointed grounds.

    November 18, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Corporations R. People II

    buzzo: you must one of those red state rethugs I mentioned earlier....

    November 18, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    mao dan-dan wrote:

    Most libs don't pay taxes. ... Most of them are the 48% of people that live off of the rest of us. ... You all just love freeloading on the 52% that actually do pay taxes!
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    Alert. Alert. Alert. Incoming! We've got another one, Paw. Another misguided messenger on a mission against their own best interests.

    You really need to stop repeating what you just heard on conservative radio without verifying the veracity of what you have heard. Do you believe everything that you hear? Just because someone throws numbers out there doesn't mean they are true?

    Remember the Senator (what was his name, I can see his face, he's always standing behind McConnell) several months back who claimed that 95% of Planned Parenthood dollars are spent on abortions? When it was pointed out to him that the actual figure was 2% spent on abortion *counseling*, not actual abortion procedures, his office stated that his words were not meant to be factually accurate.

    His words had been put into the official congressional record, then later edited and revised without the percentage citation. This rewrite was performed by House Republicans because that lie was just to openly blatant to be left on the record.

    November 18, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    mao dan-dan – why must you lie to get your point across?

    November 18, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    mao dan-dan

    When a demoncrat, that's right, (demoncrat) opens his mout, lie spill out all over the place along with all manners of unclean things (frogs, etc.). When the iberals say anything at all, we all know they are lying. does anyone really care what they say or think NO!!! Of course not! They have nothing but demonic evil things to say. Watch what I mean as they come out foaming at the mouth wil their vileness!
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    Would you please care to read that back to yourself so that back for you so that you can listen to your own hypocrisy?

    November 18, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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