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house Bill H. Joint Res. 18

Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution requiring that each agency and department's funding is justified.

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Official Title

Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution requiring that each agency and department's funding is justified.

Summary

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: (1) Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths vote of each chamber, and (2) total outlays do not exceed a specified percentage of the estimated gross domestic product of the United States. The prohibition excludes outlays for repayment of debt principal and receipts derived from borrowing. The amendment requires a three-fifths vote of each chamber of Congress to increase revenue or increase the limit on the debt of the United States. The President must submit an annual budget in which total outlays do not exceed total receipts and that includes justifications and specified details regarding funding proposed for departments and agencies. Congress may waive the requirements due to a declaration of war, a military conflict, an event that causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security, or a natural disaster.

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      house Committees
      The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2017
    Perhaps the most dangerous of the proposed budget balancing bills, this creates the opportunity for budgetary culling of programs based on current political opinions. This would be very hazardous for most federal programs. Full text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-joint-resolution/18/text?r=38
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