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Today, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s office doubled down on his effort to defeat a balanced budget amendment, which Whip Hoyer himself voted for in 1995 and House Republicans will bring to the floor later this week.

November 4, 2011: Whip Hoyer Will Whip Against Balanced Budget Amendment In Order To Defeat It. “House Democratic leaders are urging their colleagues to vote against a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution when it comes up for a vote this month, all but ensuring its defeat. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said that although he has supported a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget in 1995, now is not the time. (Gregory Korte, “House Dems Will Block Balanced Budget Amendment,” USA Today, 11/4/11)