"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.