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June 12, 2007

House Majority Spending Restraint

Blue Dogs Take Aim At Record Deficits
In Ideological Divide, Conservative Democrats Seek Fiscal Discipline
Conservative Democrats in the House are challenging their own party to do more to balance the federal budget and restrain government spending, highlighting an ideological division among Democrats that could play a big role in the party's 2008 presidential campaign.

The Blue Dog Coalition, a band of more than 40 House Democrats committed to fiscal discipline, plans to introduce legislation today that would impose caps on some spending, enshrine pay-as-you-go rules in federal law and authorize automatic spending cuts to enforce them. The group also wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and to create an array of budget provisions that would focus more attention on what it sees as pork-barrel spending.

The three bills would go beyond budget rules so far enacted by the new Democratic majority, which has adopted a blueprint for balancing the budget by 2012.

Neither the Washington Post article nor the Blue Dog Coalition Web site list any more specifics of the legislation such as bill numbers.

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