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Labrador Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment

Date: April 12, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Constitution

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) voted for a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget today. He released the following statement:

"I am a longtime supporter of the balanced budget amendment. It's an issue that I am passionate about because I know government spending and borrowing is out of control. I voted for the balanced budget amendment when the House last considered it in 2011 and I've voted for several balanced budgets while in Congress. With Congress broken and the debt surging past $21 trillion, it is clear that a balanced budget amendment is essential to protect our children's future.

"But the time to show courage was three weeks ago during the "Omnibus' vote. Congress is unwilling to make the tough choices to put our fiscal house in order. The "Omnibus' was the real vote to balance the budget, but Congress failed the test. I opposed the "Omnibus' because I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that adds billions to the debt and puts our economy at risk.

"Going forward, I will continue to support a balanced budget amendment. Just as importantly, I will continue to take the hard votes to actually cut spending and borrowing."

H.J.Res. 2, the balanced budget amendment, will not advance to the Senate because it did not receive the required two-thirds majority to pass the House.

This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the 2018 deficit will total $804 billion, $139 billion more than the $665 billion shortfall recorded in 2017.