LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is pulling his resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require the backing of a majority of state legislatures before the nation’s debt ceiling can be raised.

Sen. Jason Rapert said Monday that he would not bring his proposal before the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee as planned. Rapert said he could not overcome the partisan divide of the panel, which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, to advance it to the Senate for a vote.

The resolution called for a constitutional convention on the proposed amendment, which would require a majority of state legislatures to support an increase in the debt ceiling before it could be raised.
Backers of the amendment say two other states have approved identical resolutions.