Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 23, 2011, 4:04 p.m. EST by USCitizenVoter
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Should Americans force a balancing of our budget that would begin
with a Constitutional amendment which requires approval by two-
thirds of the House and Senate and ratification by three-fourths of
The idea of adding an amendment to the Constitution requiring that
the federal budget be balanced has come up regularly through the
years, generally pushed by conservatives. One version of a balanced
budget amendment almost passed in 1995, gaining the required two-
thirds vote in the House and falling one vote short in the Senate.
If an amendment were to pass Congress, it would bypass the
president and go straight to the states, where it would require
approval by three-quarters of state legislatures for ratification; in
2011, 26 statehouses were in Republican hands.