Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Profoundly Disappointed by Democrats Stopping the Balanced Budget Amendment

Nov 18, 2011
Press Release

 "It is disheartening that transparent hypocrisy and partisan politics trumped tackling our current and future debt."

WASHINGTON – Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement today after a vote on a clean historic Balanced Budget Amendment failed to get two-thirds support of the House, garnering just 25 Democratic votes. In 1995, 72 House Democrats voted for the same Balanced Budget Amendment – including numerous that voted against it today.

"I'm profoundly disappointed that today's historic vote to change the way Washington does business failed due to partisan politics. A federal Balanced Budget Amendment – with overwhelming public support – would force Washington to balance a budget just like families do. It shouldn't be about partisan politics, it should be about gaining confidence and creating an environment where we're not in jeopardy of taking on another $15 trillion in debt. It is disheartening that transparent hypocrisy and partisan politics trumped tackling our current and future debt."