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Arizona House to Congress: Pass a balanced budget

PHOENIX — The Arizona House says Congress needs to back a federal
constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

The House voted 35-22 to send a request for an annual balanced budget to
Congress and President Barack Obama.

The measure calls for the federal government to return to pre-2006 spending
levels. It says Obama and Congress are “ignorant” about a “looming fiscal
crisis.”

It takes two-thirds of the state legislatures or two-thirds of both houses of
Congress to propose a constitutional amendment. An amendment is ratified when
three-fourths of the states vote to adopt it.

A House bill that would have Arizona join a compact with other states to push a
balanced budget constitutional amendment failed in a key committee last week.

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