Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) issued the following statement after casting her supporting vote in the House of Representatives for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The vote failed to receive a two-thirds majority required for the passage of all Constitutional Amendments with a final vote of 261-165.
"Today's failure by the House of Representatives to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment is an affront to the American taxpayer. It shows an unwillingness by Congress to restore fiscal responsibility in government and live within our means. This kind of irresponsible governing is reckless and kicks our debt and deficit crisis down the road for our children and grandchildren to manage.
"The economic crisis that we face in our nation today has largely resulted from the spending driven approach of the Federal government under the current administration. In the President's 32-months in office, the national debt has increased by more than all of the presidencies between George Washington and Bill Clinton. Still, the majority of Democrats rejected a clean Balanced Budget Amendment and has, instead, proposed increased spending. We cannot afford to continue our tax and spend ways."
"This week our nation's debt passed the $15 trillion mark. The Federal government has not been a good steward of the taxpayers' dollars. Opposing a Balanced Budget Amendment sends the wrong message to our job creators that we are serious about getting this country back on sound fiscal course. "