- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A pair of debates over whether Congress should convene a convention to consider a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be held this week in Oklahoma.

Supporters and opponents of the idea of a national constitutional convention will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the plan during a debate at noon Wednesday at Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. A second debate will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Assembly of God Church in Norman.

Both events are open to the public.

So far, 20 states have petitioned Congress for a balanced budget amendment. A bill seeking to add Oklahoma to that list narrowly cleared a House committee, but wasn’t heard on the floor.

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