Senate Joins House in Rejecting Balanced Budget Amendment

The Senate today rejected two separate proposals to amend the U.S Constitution to require a balanced federal budget each year, including one that would have capped federal spending at just 18% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).  Passage of the Budget Control Act in August required that both the House and Senate vote on a BBA by the end of the year.  Last month a balanced budget amendment (BBA) voted on in the House also failed to receive the 2/3 support required for passage of a constitutional amendment.  Now, following rejection in both chambers, the idea of Congress passing a BBA has been put to rest, at least for now.

For more detailed information on the perils of a balanced budget amendment debate, see CWLA’s summary of the Budget Control Act.

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