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U.S. President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal is seen on Capitol Hill after being delivered to the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, March 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

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5 Reasons Why a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Is a Bad Idea

July 28, 2014, Fred Dews

"Congress has never sent [a balanced budget amendment] on to the states for ratification [and] Congress should not do so now, despite the relatively high levels of current government debt and the budget challenges that the nation faces in the future," testified Senior Fellow Henry Aaron to the House Judiciary Committee recently. Aaron noted five main reasons a balanced budget amendment should neither be passed nor implemented.

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