Senate Republicans Split on Budget Amendment

Monday, 31 Jan 2011 11:03 AM

By Dan Weil

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Senate Republicans all agree on the need to cut the budget deficit. But they are divided over exactly how to accomplish that, The Hill reports. At issue is whether to require support for a balanced budget amendment from the White House in exchange for lifting the government debt ceiling.

Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus promise to filibuster the debt limit increase unless two-thirds of the Senate approves a balanced-budget amendment.

But other Republicans seek more “realistic” concessions from Democrats, given that it will be difficult to convince at least 20 Democrats to join them in passing a balanced budget amendment.

republicans, split, budget, amendment“I’m in the camp of I want to see a process that leads to some realistic, achievable solutions,” says Sen. Lindsey Graham (pictured), R-S.C. “I don’t think we’re going to get two-thirds of the Senate and the House. I’m willing to vote for a balanced budget amendment. I think that’s the ultimate solution, but I’m not going to make that a requirement” for raising the debt ceiling.



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