Jaime Herrera Beutler today released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget:
"Unfortunately, today's vote reveals that too many in Congress are clinging to the habit of borrow-and-spend that's led to our crippling $15 trillion debt. A Balanced Budget Amendment would put Washington, DC on the track to financial responsibility. Balancing our federal budget would release the chokehold that DC's debt has on economic recovery and job growth. It would also allow the U.S. to keep its obligations to the Social Security trust fund, which is one of our country's largest creditors. It's the right thing to do. Today's vote was disappointing, but I won't give up on this necessary bipartisan reform because of it."
Constitutional amendments require a two-thirds approval in the U.S. House of Representatives to advance. Though it had bipartisan support, today's Balanced Budget Amendment fell short by a vote of 261-165.