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UPDATE: Assembly committee okays seeking U.S. balanced budget amendment

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin legislative committee has endorsed the first step toward a U.S. constitutional amendment demanding a balanced federal budget.

The Assembly Elections Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday in favor of asking Congress to call a convention of states to bring a budget amendment forward.

Most Republican state lawmakers are getting behind a national tea party push to convene a convention to officially propose the amendment.

It would take two-thirds of the states to call the gathering, and three-fourths of the states would have to ratify an amendment before it can be part of the U.S. Constitution.

Wisconsin's request now goes to the state Assembly.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)