House takes up balanced-budget amendment

Balanced budget distraction: While supercommittee negotiations look to eat up Friday, the weekend and most of Thanksgiving week, the House Republican leadership is serving up on Friday a proposed constitutional amendment that would force Congress to balance its budget.

Democratic leaders are strongly urging their members to vote against the amendment, the White House doesn’t like it and some Republicans have announced their opposition.

The vote comes as the bipartisan deficit-reduction panel remains deadlocked over a plan to slash at least $1.2 trillion from the budget over the next decade.

The House is voting on the amendment because Congress agreed to it as part of the debt-limit deal reached over the summer.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who voted for a similar measure offered by Republicans that passed the House in 1995, is strongly opposed to the bill this time around.

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