Bal­anced-bud­get vote called stunt

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Jes­sica Wehrman

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.

“I think the Amer­i­can

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