Balanced-budget vote called stunt
WASHINGTON — Here’s a three-step formula to bring howls of ridicule from fiscaldeficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut. Pass a $1.3 trillion spending bill. Vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. But that’s just what the House of Representatives did, voting 233-184 last week on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, falling well short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance the measure.
Even in the House, plenty of members believed the vote was for show.
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