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State Republican Lawmakers Call For Federal Balanced Budget

A group of Republican state lawmakers are joining the call for a federal balanced budget amendment. House leaders are pushing their colleagues to pass a resolution for a federal balanced budget amendment convention. If 34 states do that, a convention could be called to draft an amendment requiring the federal government to spend only what it brings in in revenue. House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Huffman of Lima says the only way to get a handle on federal spending is for state lawmakers to exert their influence. Gov. John Kasich, a former Congressman who once chaired the House Budget Committee, called for a balanced budget amendment last month. Huffman says far right groups have opposed such conventions in the past, but this is an issue on which Republican lawmakers and Tea Party activists agree. The balanced budget amendment will be discussed at the We the People convention of Tea Party organizers later this month,