By Tim Leeds 

U. S. budget amendment debate reaches Montana


A slurry of activity about a balanced budget amendment has come up in Montana, with a group of state Republican legislators sending letters to the state's U. S. lawmakers urging they vote for an amendment to the U. S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

In a press release about the letter, signed by 80 of the Republican state legislators and sent Monday, state Senate Majority Leader Jeff Essmann of Billings said Montana would be one of the first states to pass such an amendment if it is sent by Congress to the states.

"The clock is ticking for lawmakers in Washington, D.C.,...

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