Dem-Controlled Senate Rejects Cut, Cap and Balance Plan, as Expected

Vote Summary

Question: On the Motion to Table (Motion to Table the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 2560 )
Vote Number: 116 Vote
Date: July 22, 2011, 10:05 AM
Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Motion to Table Agreed to
Measure Number: H.R. 2560 (Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 )
Measure Title: A bill to cut, cap, and balance the Federal budget.
Vote Counts: YEAs 51 NAYs 46 Not Voting 3

Steny Hoyer is all upset about the prospect of interfering with the government’s feeding at the public trough. Oh, the horror!

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.) said on the House floor last night that if the balanced budget amendment Republicans are supporting is ratified and included in the Constitution it would make it “virtually impossible” to raise taxes.

“In order to pay our bills, Republicans would require us to pass a Constitutional amendment that would permanently enshrine their partisan budget priorities in law and make it virtually impossible to raise revenue,” Hoyer said.

The push for a balanced budget amendment is part of the Republican Cut, Cap and Balance plan. This plan would increase the federal debt limit by $2.4 trillion in exchange for cutting federal spending by $111 billion next year and for congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment that, if ratified, would require supermajority votes in Congress to increase taxes, increase the debt limit, or spend more than 18 percent of GDP in a given fiscal year.

Hoyer was evidently alluding to the amendment’s requirement that taxes could only be increased with a supermajority vote of Congress when he said the proposal would make it “virtually impossible to raise revenue.”

Sounds good to me Steny. Maybe it will force the federal government to stop wasting the revenue it already has and bring the spending orgy to a halt. 

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