FOX 66 News at Ten
The Michigan Senate is asking Congress to convene a constitutional convention requiring the federal budget to be balanced.
A resolution approved 26-12 Thursday would join Michigan with at least 17 other states that have passed a measure calling for a balanced budget convention. Thirty-four states are needed to convene the convention, and 38 would have to ratify the convention's proposal to go into effect.
Republicans voting for the resolution say it's fiscally reckless to allow federal deficits and build up more debt. Exceptions to balanced budgets could be made for "national emergencies."
Democrats say balanced budgets are an admirable goal. But they say the amendment could cause more dysfunction in Washington and wouldn't provide enough flexibility in economic recessions.
The resolution now goes to the state House.
Friday, November 8 2013, 09:30 AM EST
National News Headlines
|'Controlled chaos': Fisherman reels in Great White shark from Florida beach|
|A stunned fisherman reeled in a Great White shark from the shore of the Florida panhandle Sunday.|
|Criminal mischief charge for driver whose truck fell through ice into river with dog inside|
|New Jersey state police say the driver of a pickup truck that went onto a frozen river, spun around repeatedly and then plunged through the ice with his dog inside has been charged with criminal mischief.|
|Pentagon officials say briefing on Mosul offensive was inaccurate, inappropriate|
|Top Pentagon officials say U.S. Central Command was wrong to have briefed reporters on plans for an Iraqi-led ground offensive in Mosul.|
|Car kills Florida girl who sat in road during family argument|
|Police say a car fatally struck a 13-year-old central Florida girl who was sitting in the road after arguing with her mother and friends.|
|University of California president plans to cap enrollment of non-residents at some campuses|
|University of California President Janet Napolitano says she is capping nonresident enrollment at UC Berkeley and UCLA to address concerns that California students are being displaced.|
|Judge rules that teen's confession to killing math teacher can't be used at his murder trial|
|A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a teenager's confession to police that he killed his math teacher cannot be used in his murder trial.|
|Students return to class at Southern California high school where teacher committed suicide|
|Students at the Southern California high school where a popular photography teacher hung herself returned to class Tuesday, trying to process the confusion and grief over her death.|
|Rural Michigan school district drops 'Christian background' from criteria for new chief|
|A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union.|
|New Hampshire man charged with fatally shooting his dog inside kennel after it bit 4-year-old|
|Police say a New Hampshire man stuck his dog in a kennel and shot it dead with a hunting rifle after it bit a 4-year-old boy.|
|US indexes close modestly lower a day after Nasdaq passed 5,000 for first time in 15 years|
|U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower, pulling the Nasdaq composite index back below 5,000.|