Senate Rejects Balanced Budget Amendment Proposal

Senator Lee of Utah proposed  S Amdt 115 to express the sense of the Senate that Congress should pass and the States should agree to an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget.

The measure was rejected by a vote of 58-40, with 11 Democrats joining all Republicans in this proposal, as the vote required a 3/5 majority to pass. Two more Democrats voting for it would have allowed the measure to proceed to further consideration.

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