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Does the U.S. Need a Balanced Budget Amendment?

Scott Lilly debates Sen. Orrin Hatch in US News and World Report about whether we need a balanced budget amendment.

With the federal budget deficit becoming the focus of Washington debate, the idea of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution has returned. Advocates say it will force action Congress is incapable of taking itself. Critics decry it as a distraction.

Scott Lilly debates Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) about whether this is a good idea.

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Scott Lilly

Senior Fellow