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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 two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber. The prohibition excludes outlays for repayment of debt principal and receipts derived from borrowing. The amendment also: prohibits total outlays for any fiscal year from exceeding 18% of the economic output of the United States unless two-thirds of each chamber of Congress provides a specific increase in outlays above this amount; requires a three-fourths roll call vote of each chamber of Congress to increase the public debt limit; requires a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber of Congress to increase revenue; requires the President to transmit to Congress a proposed balanced budget each year and prohibits the President from being compensated if the requirement is not met; and requires Congress to consider and approve a balanced budget each year and prohibits Members of Congress from being compensated if the requirement is not met. Congress may 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. The amendment prohibits a court from entering an order in any action that results in an increase in the collection of revenue.
joint resolution Progress
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil LibertiesCommittee on the JudiciaryIntroducedApril 8th, 2017
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