Roby: House Democrats Failed to Support Commonsense Balanced Budget Legislation

April 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today released the following statement upon the House of Representative’s failure to pass H.J. Res. 2, a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution:

“The balanced budget amendment presented to the full House today is a commonsense measure to simply require our federal government to spend less than what it takes in each year,” Representative Roby said. “Hardworking, taxpaying Americans balance their budgets each month. It’s far past time for the federal government to be required to balance the budget and operate in a manner that is fiscally responsible, and it’s a shame that Democrats refused to support such a measure.

“Each Congress since being elected to serve Alabama’s Second District, I’ve introduced similar balanced budget legislation. I’m hopeful that we will soon see it across the finish line to ensure that future generations aren’t burdened by insurmountable debt.”

H.J. Res. 2 failed to pass the House by a vote of 233-184. An amendment to the Constitution requires passage by two-thirds affirmative in the House of Representatives to move forward.