The Balanced Budget Amendment failed by 23 votes in the House today, as Republicans were unable garner support from their Democrat counterparts. There were 261 votes in favor, and 165 against.
When all was said and done, 236 Republicans and 25 Democrats voted in favor of it, and four Republicans (Gohmert, Ryan Dreier and Amash) voted against. Paul Ryan's vote against the amendment may come as a surprise to some, but the Congressman was concerned that the Amendment did not include any language restricting the growth of government, and instead could be used as an imperative to grow programs and raise taxes simultaneously. From Ryan's office:
“I’m concerned that this version will lead to a much bigger government fueled by more taxes. Spending is the problem, yet this version of the BBA makes it more likely taxes will be raised, government will grow, and economic freedom will be diminished. Without a limit on government spending, I cannot support this Amendment.”
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