Only 7 Democrats voted in favor of sending the proposed Constitutional Amendment to be considered by the states. (178 voted against.) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) voted "aye". She has not yet commented publicly on her vote.
Sinema is running for the Senate seat opened up by the impending retirement of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Not coincidentally, her leading Republican opponent - Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) also voted aye, and trumpeted that she was one of the (65) co-sponsors of the measure.*
Republican House Members supported referring the Amendment to the state by a count of 226-6. Arizona Reps. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) and Andy Biggs (R-CD5).
In a tweet and a column posted on FoxNews.com, Biggs said "the so-called balanced budget amendmennt...may be the most cynical (proposal) in my short time in Congress." His point was that it "incentivizes Congress to raise taxes" because it would be easier than slashing spending.
I voted “no” on the so-called balanced budget amendment. This amendment was a cynical attempt to deceive the American people. I simply want a BBA that will actually force Congress to do its job of passing a balanced budget.— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) April 12, 2018
MORE in my @FoxNews op-ed: https://t.co/0Q85Dt3qnh
Two weeks after blowing through spending caps by passing without reading the 2,300 page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal, Congress seems to have conveniently found religion and suddenly cares about spending limits. My vote against the Balanced Budget Act reflects my frustration with the spending hypocrisy of this Congress. I am committed to using tools provided to Congress by the Constitution to ensure that we do not tie our country's future to the debts of our past. In previous years, I've supported legislation that provided a path toward fiscal responsibility like the Cut, Cap And Balance Act. Unfortunately, this amendment is filled with loopholes and doesn't get us any closer to fixing Washington's out of control spending. This bill was nothing more than a CYA charade and the American people see right through it. (Emphasis added)
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