Boehner Plan DOA With Without Balanced Budget Amendment

Jeb Hensarling was on with Jenna Lee on Fox and with attitude, she asked him why Boehner would put the Balanced Budget Amendment into his latest plan (3.0) when Republicans know the Senate will not accept it. She asked Hensarling how he can explain that to Americans. Hensarling said she needed to ask that question of Harry Reid. He said we have a plan, not an outline, a real plan. And he asked Lee why he should abandon his convictions just because Harry Reid doesn’t share them. Yay! So the story is that the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) has been added to gain the votes of House Freshmen. Hensarling said the Senate can change the particulars of the amendment if they don’t like it, and everyone can go from there. The House will either accept the changes, or not.

Jeb Hensarling

Update 1:25pm CDT: Rush Limbaugh has a copy of Boehner’s 3.0, and says there are no specifics in the Balanced Budget Amendment language, and so could be marked up with massive tax increases. Read about the Democrat Plan C and tax triggers here.




Several GOP conservatives had held back their support for Boehner’s bill because they wanted the balanced budget amendment provision included. It was the main point of contention in Thursday night’s talks between GOP leaders and the holdouts.

The new provision would require a vote before the debt-ceiling could be raised for a second time in February.

The Club for Growth tweeted that they endorsed the addition of the BBA. The amendment still calls for another debt limit increase in early 2012.

Republican lawmakers say the Boehner framework would still pave the way for the debt limit to be raised through the 2012 election in two chunks. But it would also mandate that the second hike of the ceiling could only occur after a balanced-budget amendment passed both chambers of Congress and went to the states for ratification.

The House had scheduled votes on two BBAs for this week. Under the revised Boehner plan, the sending of either to the states, including a version that attracted significant Democratic support in the mid-1990s, would allow for the second debt-ceiling increase.

Yesterday, Boehner’s plan did not include a Balanced Budget Amendment, but nevertheless, Harry Reid announced it was dead on arrival. Talk about no compromise. Democrats have offered nothing. This bill will be the second, and as with Cut, Cap and Balance, it didn’t get a minute’s worth of debate on the floor, and the second plan is believed to be DOA with or without a Balanced Budget Amendment. Source: The Hill

Among House Republicans saying they will now vote for the Boehner bill are Flake (AZ), Gohmert (TX), Garrett (NJ), and Gingrey (GA).

While I am in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment, I understand there are ways to craft the Amendment that undoes the good you and I might think it was designed to do? It seems a Balanced Budget Amendment should be the starting point. The Super Congress still looms.

Memeorandum’s thread here and more here.


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