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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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