GOP’s Job-Killing Balanced Budget Amendment Fails In House

The latest Republican budget gimmick — a radical Balanced Budget Amendment that would actually kill 15 million jobs — failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority it needed to pass the House today, failing 261-165. Four Republicans — Reps. Paul Ryan (WI), Justin Amash (PA), Louie Gohmert (TX), and David Dreier (CA) — voted against the amendment; 25 Democrats, most presumably from the conservative Blue Dog Coalition, voted in favor. The amendment needed 290 votes to pass. The amendment actually gained less votes than it did in 1995, when 300 House members voted in its favor.


The 25 Democrats who voted in favor of the amendment were: Jason Altmire (PA), John Barrow (GA), Sanford Bishop (GA), Dan Boren (OK), Leonard Boswell (IA), Dennis Cardoza (CA), Ben Chandler (KY), Jim Cooper (TN), Jim Costa (CA), Jerry Costello (IL), Henry Cuellar (TX), Peter DeFazio (OR), Joe Donnelly (IN), Kathy Hochul (NY), Tim Holden (PA), Jay Inslee (WA), Ron Kind (WI), Larry Kissell (NC), Dan Lipinski (IL), Dave Loebsack (IA), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Collin Peterson (MN), Mike Ross (AR), Heath Shuler (NC). A full roll call vote is here.

Share Update