John A. Yarmuth

To no one's surprise, balanced budget amendment fails as House members seek another kind of win

To no one's surprise, balanced budget amendment fails as House members seek another kind of win

A proposed balanced budget amendment failed in the House on Thursday when fewer than two-thirds of members voted to approve it, as nearly everyone in the Capitol expected.

But for the members who stepped to the microphones during hours of debate, it was nothing but a win.

For Republicans, it was a chance to be seen supporting fiscal austerity and condemning deficit spending, just months after passing a tax cut bill that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said will add $1.9 trillion to the deficit.

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