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house Bill H. Joint Res. 1

Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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Official Title

Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.


Constitutional Amendment This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting total outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber. The prohibition excludes outlays for repayment of debt principal and receipts derived from borrowing. The amendment prohibits total outlays for any fiscal year from exceeding one-fifth of the economic output of the United States, unless two-thirds of each house of Congress provides a specific increase in outlays above this amount. The amendment requires a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber of Congress to increase the public debt limit or to increase revenue. It also requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Congress is authorized to waive these requirements when a declaration of war is in effect or if the United States is engaged in a military conflict which causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security.

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      house Committees
      The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
    I like this bill better. The other bill of the same nature sounds like it has a built in loop hole. Placed there on purpose so Congress can spend more money than it has.
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    This is not a balanced budget amendment. The threshold for not having a balanced budget needs to be increased to at least "two-thirds" throughout if not "three-fourths". The threshold is definitely way too low for section 6 and/or be limited to "declaration of war" only.
    This is one of those bills that gets proposed EVERY SINGLE SESSION. It sets a series of budgetary rules to enforce balanced budgeting, using arbitrary cutoffs. There are actually two versions of this bill (See H JRes 2 by the same authors, but with slightly fewer restrictions), as nobody expects it to pass. If this did pass, it would mostly serve to be a weapon used to cut funding from programs funded by appropriations, which includes most social services programs. This is a silly, bad bill. Full text: