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Gov. Bobby Jindal: Congress could learn thing or two from Republican governors

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Congress should take its cues from Republican governors across the country who are balancing their budgets and growing the private-sector economy.

Mr. Jindal, a Republican, told CNN on Tuesday he thinks that lawmakers in Washington will find a way out of the spending and debt-limit quagmire they find themselves in but that they will continue to face standoffs absent a serious overhaul of how they do business.

“We need structural changes to force them to make the tough decisions,” he said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Those reforms, he said, should include an amendment that forces Congress to balance the budget each year.

He also thinks a supermajority of lawmakers — a level of support greater than a 50 percent simply majority — should be required to approve tax increases.

Mr. Jindal said President Obama is acting like a partisan chief and not like the leader of all Americans.

“The president needs to show leadership,” Mr. Jindal told CNN, saying Mr. Obama should reach out to find “common ground” with Republicans.

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