Perry urges budget mandate in U.S. Constitution

January 7, 2010 10:37:06 AM PST
Gov. Rick Perry continues his criticism of Washington, proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget. Perry said Thursday in Houston that federal spending is out of control and unless it's reined in, it will ruin the country.

In a Wednesday appearance in Lubbock, Perry issued proposals that would make it difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes and would limit the amount state spending could grow.

While Perry didn't mention his March Republican primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, he continually faulted Congress for its fiscal practices. Perry has previously accused Hutchison of being a Washington insider.

Hutchison's campaign called Perry's criticism "election-year rhetoric" and accused him of not being fiscally responsible during his time as governor.