Against the backdrop of a weakening economy and intense partisanship in Washington, the GOP on Saturday began a marathon push to get a bipartisan balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

As part of this summer’s debt-ceiling deal, House and Senate leaders committed to holding votes in each chamber on a balanced budget amendment (BBA) by the end of the year.

Two thirds of each body must vote for the balanced budget amendment for it to be sent to the states for ratification so Democrats need to be won over, or pressured into going along.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the sponsor of two leading GOP versions, makes the case in the weekly Republican address airing Saturday that an amendment would create jobs.

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