Crawford: Tie budget, debt ceiling to amendment

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas says he's not backing down from his idea to raise taxes on millionaires in exchange for a balanced budget amendment. But now he also says the amendment is the only way he'll vote for any budget or raising the nation's borrowing limit.

Crawford said he'll support an increase in the federal debt limit or any budget resolution only if Congress approves a constitutional amendment balancing the federal budget or capping spending. Crawford is seeking re-election to his east Arkansas district and faces a challenge from Democrat Scott Ellington.

Crawford in March proposed raising taxes on millionaires if Congress approved the amendment. Crawford said attaching the budget and debt limit votes to a similar amendment are part of a new approach he'll try.

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