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PHOENIX - The solid rap of a gavel falling at the Arizona State Capitol wasn't lost on the assembled 72 delegates from across the country.
"It's pretty historic, really," Arizona State Rep. Don Shooter said. "I think it's the first time since 1861."
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Lawmakers and observers were in Phoenix for the Balanced Budget Amendment Planning Convention, the very first step in amending the US Constitution. The proposal would force the federal government to only spend the money it has.
"This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue; this is an American issue, I think," Kansas State Rep. Blake Carpenter said.
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But can this group, and others like it, actually make a difference? Yes! But it's a long, tough process.
"States always had the power to change the Constitution when it was necessary, when citizens believed it was necessary," Arizona State Sen. Nancy Barto said.
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A tall order, but it can happen because of Article V in the U.S. Constitution -- handing over some power to States...
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