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Ten GOP sens. vow no debt-ceiling hike without balanced-budget amendment

Ten Republican senators have pledged their opposition to increasing the national debt limit unless Congresses passes a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.
 
It’s a high hurdle because two-thirds of both chambers must approve constitutional amendments. The pledge will split the Senate Republican conference and put pressure on other lawmakers to oppose legislation to increase national borrowing authority.
 

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The 10 GOP senators have signed a document similar to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which anti-tax activists have used to block tax increase.
 
The document states the signatories will oppose the debt increase unless three conditions are met: substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit, the implementation of enforceable spending caps and passage of a balanced budget amendment.
 
The pledge specifies that the amendment must include spending limits and a supermajority requirement for raising taxes.
 
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The lawmakers announced their support for the pledge Wednesday and see it as the beginning of an intense campaign to get a balanced budget amendment enacted. They argue an amendment is the only sure safeguard against the nation racking up huge deficits in the future.
 
A coalition of conservative groups such as Citizens United, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Let Freedom Ring support the proposal.
 
Eleven Republicans in the House have also signed it.

Updated at 1:44 p.m.