Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from... Read More

Status

This resolution was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

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``Section 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific excess of outlays over receipts by a roll call vote. ``Section 2. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States for the calendar year ending before the beginning of such fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific amount in excess of such 18 percent by a roll call vote. ``Section 3. Prior to each fiscal year, the President shall transmit to the Congress a proposed budget for the United States Government for that fiscal year in which-- ``(1) total outlays do not exceed total receipts; and ``(2) total outlays do...

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I support H.J.Res. 5 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.") because we need to start clearing our national debt.

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Tbay
WA-6
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.J.Res. 5 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.") because while the idea of rigid balanced budget sounds good, with the contentious and highly partisan environment that exists in congress today, this would almost ensure that should a crisis occur, congress would not be able to adequately address it. I believe goal oriented incentives to produce real cost savings by department would be better able to achieve results with real buy in by department heads. There is so much waste and in cases where fraud can be perpetrated, fraud that needs to be eliminated. By incentivizing everyone employed by the government to receive a one time check (based on a percentage of the annual savings) that results in implementable changes that will produce continuous annual savings, huge savings could be achieved across the board. If at a point in the future, we as a people and our elected representatives can reduce the current polarized environment to the point congress can once again (and here's that dirty word) compromise on real issues, then maybe we can implement a balanced budget.

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DMforGOOOH
TX-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.J.Res. 5 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.") because... debt limit increase should be 3/4 of the several states.

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Anonymous306048
KY-4
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from borrowing) unless Congress, by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts. Prohibits total outlays for any fiscal year from exceeding 18% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the preceding calendar year unless Congress, by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess over such 18%. Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Prohibits any bill from becoming law that imposes a new tax or increases the statutory rate of any tax or the aggregate amount of revenue, unless approved by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber. Requires a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber to increase the federal debt limit. Authorizes waivers of these requirements: (1) when a declaration of war is in effect against a nation-state and Congress, by a majority roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess; or (2) under other specified circumstances involving military conflict, if Congress, by a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes such waiver. Prohibits a federal or state court from ordering any increase in revenue to enforce this article.

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