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"Unless tax hikes are taken off the table, reckless lawmakers will increase taxes to pay for these new bloated spending levels, rather than bring spending in line with revenues. A 'clean' BBA provides the excuse big spenders seek to raise taxes and grow government," the groups said in the letter.
"Any lawmaker committed to restoring American solvency cannot seriously vote for a BBA that does not include a super-majority requirement for tax increases," the letter added.
Correction: Nov. 9, 2011
An earlier version of this article misstated why leadership aides want the balanced budget amendment to pass. If passed, the president would be able to ask for a debt ceiling increase of $1.5 trillion, a higher debt-cutting target.