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house Bill H. Joint Res. 8

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide for balanced budgets for the Government.

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Official Title

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide for balanced budgets for the Government.

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 Congress authorizes the excess by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber. The President must submit an annual budget in which total outlays for the fiscal year do not exceed total receipts. Congress may waive the requirements for any fiscal year in which: (1) a declaration of war is in effect by a roll call vote, or (2) a declaration of a natural disaster or a national emergency is in effect that was declared by a joint resolution that became law after being adopted by a majority of each chamber of Congress.

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      house Committees
      The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
    This bill sets a series of budgetary rules to enforce balanced budgeting, using arbitrary cutoffs. 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: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-joint-resolution/8/text?r=48
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