By Josiah Ryan - 06/29/11 08:27 PM EDT
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday called down a joint resolution to the Senate floor that would alter the Constitution to require Congress to balance its budget every year.
Amending the Constitution requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate, and then ratification by three-fourths of the states.
McConnell’s move came after several GOP senators delivered speeches on Wednesday declaring their support for altering the Constitution in such a way.
In March, a nonbinding "sense of the Senate" resolution calling on Congress to pass a balanced-budget amendment failed in the upper chamber by just two votes.
McConnell said he maintained the support of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as well as his entire Senate Caucus, and that he would push for a vote on the legislation when the Senate returns from the Fourth of July holiday.