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McConnell calls balanced-budget amendment to floor

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop Senate GOP super PAC makes final .6M investment in Michigan Senate race On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (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.

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In order to sidestep Democratic objections to the resolution, McConnell deployed an obscure Senate procedure known as Rule 14 that allowed the legislation to skip the committee process and go straight to the floor.

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 BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Bottom line Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking MORE (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.