Rouzer is among the more than 140 lawmakers who are co-sponsoring legislation from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would bar Congress from spending more money than the government takes in. The plan would require a majority in the House and Senate to pass tax increases and a three-fifths majority to raise the debt limit.
The amendment has the backing of only one Democrat, Rep. Pete DeFazio (Ore.).
The proposal is identical to legislation that was brought up in the House and Senate in 2011 after Republicans made a vote on a balanced-budget amendment a condition for raising the debt ceiling.
That amendment failed in both chambers, falling short of the two-thirds majorities needed to send it to the states for ratification.
But now that the Senate has flipped to Republican control, conservatives say it’s time to try again.