SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's lone Democrat in Congress says a balanced budget amendment will likely pass this year.
Rep. Jim Matheson told Utah legislators on Thursday the amendment is necessary to control out-of-control federal spending.
He says it's the first time in a decade he has seen congressional leaders of either party willing to bring the amendment to a vote. He says he's confident it will pass if it gets to the floor.
Matheson says balancing the budget will require a reduction of the size of government, not just a simple streamlining of programs.
Utah legislators have proposed multiple bills to address the federal debt, including resolutions urging a balanced federal budget and supporting a constitutional amendment to require the approval of a majority of states for an increase in the federal debt ceiling.