Speaker Boehner: "Democrats Skip Another Opportunity to Work Together for Jobs"

On Friday afternoon, the United States House of Representatives came about 30 votes short of the 2/3 majority needed to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Unfortunately, the final vote was 261 ayes and 165 nays.  Voting aye were 236 Republicans and 25 Democrats.  Voting nay were 4 Republicans and 161 Democrats.

Those Representatives who voted nay on the Balanced Budget Amendment vote today will receive a negative vote in the Christian Coalition of America's congressional scorecard.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congressman John Boehner, R-OH, said following today's vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment:  "It’s unfortunate that Democrats still don’t recognize the urgency of stopping Washington’s job-crushing spending binge. And it’s disappointing that a president who says ‘we can’t wait’ to take action on jobs is doing just that: waiting, riding things out until the election, and skipping opportunities to work together with Republicans to create a better environment for job growth."

Directly below is the press release from Speaker of the House John Boehner's office regarding the vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment this afternoon:

Speaker Boehner on Balanced Budget Amendment: Democrats Skip Another Opportunity to Work Together for Jobs


WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement regarding today’s vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution:

"It’s unfortunate that Democrats still don’t recognize the urgency of stopping Washington’s job-crushing spending binge. And it’s disappointing that a president who says ‘we can’t wait’ to take action on jobs is doing just that: waiting, riding things out until the election, and skipping opportunities to work together with Republicans to create a better environment for job growth.

"A number of economists and experts support a Balanced Budget Amendment because it would help create a better environment for private-sector job growth. That’s also why it’s backed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the American people. Our unemployment rate has been stuck above eight percent for more than two years. Our national debt now tops $15 trillion. Wasteful ‘stimulus’ spending not only failed, it left us with a weak economy. The American people are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’ But the Democrats running Washington just aren’t listening."

NOTE: Read more about the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators at jobs.GOP.gov.