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Sen. Hatch talks with KSL about need for balanced budget amendment

By Keith McCord | Posted - Dec. 7, 2011 at 6:58 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The battle over the nation's budget will heat up again next week in Washington as the Senate begins debate on a proposed balanced budget amendment. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is one of the sponsors.

Hatch sat down with KSL News for an extended interview Wednesday, where he emphasized how difficult the fight to pass the amendment will be for Senate Republicans.

On Nov. 18, a balanced budget amendment failed to pass in the House because of a lack of support from House Democrats. The bill had a majority, but not the two-thirds majority required for such a measure.

Hatch said that all the Republicans in the Senate are on board. The hard part will be convincing enough Democrats to support the proposal.

If Congress ultimately passes a Balanced Budget Amendment, 38 states would have to approve it before it becomes part of the U.S. Constitution.

To listen to senator Hatch's full remarks, click on the video above.

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