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Congressman Lankford Pushes Balanced Budget Amendment

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
November 18, 2011

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The US House of Representative is voting later today on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution similar to one which failed in the Senate in 1995 when Republicans had control of both chambers.

The Amendment requiring the federal government to limit spending was part of the debt-limit deal which passed in August.

The Balanced Budget Amendment faces an uphill battle.

It would require 290 votes in the House and 67 in the Senate and then get approval from three-fourths of the states, some of which are still hurting from the recession.

But, Congressman James Lankford says the states have already imposed fiscal limitations on themselves.

In the House, the GOP will need at least 48 Democrats if all Republicans vote to pass the Amendment.

The measure has a tougher road in the Senate where Democrats still maintain a majority.

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