"The House's job is to slow it down, stop it if we can, make the case to the American people that we need to go back to the Constitution and fiscal responsibility," King said. "And I'm going to push this balanced-budget amendment and do my best to get this thing pushed through the House and the Senate."

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Several Republicans and a few Democrats proposed balanced-budget amendments in the 112th Congress, including two proposals from Rep. Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteHouse panel to hold hearing on foreign surveillance law A guide to the committees: House Obama-era cash for cronies under House fire MORE (R-Va.), both of which King supported.

One of Goodlatte's proposals, H.Res. 2, won a majority of support in the House in November 2011, but it failed to attract the two-thirds majority needed for passage of a constitutional amendment.