Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Apr. 12, 2018 | H.J. Res. 2

This resolution, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), would prohibit federal outlays from exceeding receipts, require a three-fifths vote to increase the public debt limit, and direct the President to submit a balanced budget annually to Congress. Proposing a balanced budget amendment after enacting a tax cut that will increase the debt by almost $2 trillion dollars and an omnibus appropriation bill that will further add to our nation’s debt proves that in Washington, D.C. hypocrisy knows no bounds. The truth is that the proponents of H.J. Res. 2 are not motivated by deficit concerns; rather, they are using a deficit they created to force severe budget cuts in programs that will harm the most vulnerable among us, especially seniors, children, veterans and people with disabilities, as well as slash funding for public health and safety, education and medical research. The motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution failed to receive a two-thirds majority on April 12, 2018.

This is Bad for working people.

Vote result: Failed

YEAs: 233
NAYs: 184

Legislator Sort descending State District Party Vote
Rep. Ralph Abraham
LA
5 Republican Yes
Rep. Alma Adams
NC
12 Democrat No
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt
AL
4 Republican Yes
Rep. Pete Aguilar
CA
31 Democrat No
Rep. Rick Allen
GA
12 Republican Yes
Rep. Justin Amash
MI
3 Republican No
Rep. Mark Amodei
NV
2 Republican Yes
Rep. Jodey Arrington
TX
19 Republican Yes
Rep. Brian Babin
TX
36 Republican Yes
Rep. Don Bacon
NE
2 Republican Yes
Rep. Jim Banks
IN
3 Republican Yes
Rep. Lou Barletta
PA
11 Republican Yes
Rep. Andy Barr
KY
6 Republican Yes
Rep. Nanette Barragán
CA
44 Democrat No
Rep. Joe L. Barton
TX
6 Republican Yes
Rep. Karen Bass
CA
37 Democrat No
Rep. Joyce Beatty
OH
3 Democrat No
Rep. Ami Bera
CA
7 Democrat No
Rep. Jack Bergman
MI
1 Republican Yes
Rep. Donald Beyer
VA
8 Democrat No