Sleepy balanced-budget amendment debate continues in the Senate

Democrats, meanwhile, were split, with some, like Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Tech: Obama signs FOIA reform bill | Musicians take YouTube fight to Europe | Feds probe first driverless car death Obama signs bill to expand access to federal records Dems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle MORE (Vt.) and Sen. Kent Conrad (N.D.) arguing that the Congress should not tamper with the Constitution but balance the budget annually on its own volition. Other senators like Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Colo.), however, expressed support for a limited version of the amendment expressed in S.J.Res 24.

That Democratic version would prevent Congress from lowering taxes on millionaires and also exempt the Social Security trust funds from the amendment's accounting. 

The Senate spent hours in a break and in quorum calls on Tuesday afternoon. 


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