WASHINGTON, DC - Facing a rapidly-approaching August 2nd deadline to work out a deal over the U.S. debt, the Senate took up the deficit-reduction proposal known as "cut, cap and balance" Thursday.

The bill passed earlier this week in the House with the support of South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

Noem thinks "cut, cap and balance" is the best way to get government spending in check, even though it faces certain defeat in the Senate.