"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."

Several Republicans and a few Democrats proposed balanced-budget amendments in the 112th Congress, including two proposals from Rep. Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Warrantless wiretapping reform legislation circulates on Capitol Hill 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.