REP. GUINTA VOTES TO CHANGE ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ IN WASHINGTON: VOTES FOR A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
(Washington – November 18, 2011) Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) stood with Granite State taxpayers this afternoon in voting for H.J. Resolution 2, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The language in that bill was the same as an earlier Balanced Budget Amendment that passed the House of Representatives in 1995 with 300 votes from Republicans and Democrats alike. That legislation went on to fail in the Senate by one vote.
H.J. Res. 2 did not get similar support from Democrats today. It failed to receive the two-thirds necessary to pass; the final vote was 261 to 165. Representative Guinta released this statement:
“Granite Staters sent me to Capitol Hill to get our country’s fiscal house in order. A Balanced Budget Amendment is an important tool for doing that, which is why I voted for this bill. Runaway federal spending and our nation’s crushing debt and deficit are stifling job growth. With our national debt now $15 trillion and counting, Congress must live within its means, just like most families and small businesses do. Unfortunately, this important measure failed today because too many Members from the Democratic side of the aisle voted to stick with ‘business as usual.’
“Although this vote was not successful, I refuse to give up. I remain committed to the fight to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”