Rep. Wayne Owens would like to see a balanced-budget amendment in the Democratic Party Platform.

Owens, D-Utah, asked the chairman of the House Budget Committee to consider such an amendment when deliberating the platform."Such a plank in the party's 1988 Platform would provide the nucleus for the Democratic message of fiscal responsibility," Owens said.

The amendment Owens has in mind would be phased in over two years and would allow deficit spending if three-fifths of each House supported it.