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...revenues of the United States, except in time of war or national emergency.

This resolution was introduced on January 4, 1995, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 4, 1995 (Introduced).

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104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 20

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that appropriations shall not exceed revenues of the United States, except in time of war or national emergency.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 1995

Mr. DE LA GARZA introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that appropriations shall not exceed revenues of the United States, except in time of war or national emergency.

    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, and shall be valid to all intents and purposes of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

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    ‘SECTION 1. Except as provided in section 4, the Congress shall not authorize the withdrawal of funds from the Treasury of the United States during any fiscal year in an amount which exceeds in the aggregate the total amount of the revenues of the United States (exclusive of borrowed sums) for that fiscal year (as determined in accordance with the latest estimates of the President and proclaimed under section 2).

    ‘SECTION 2. As soon as practicable after the end of each calendar year, the President shall determine and proclaim the amount which he estimates will be the total revenues of the United States (exclusive of borrowed sums) for the next fiscal year. Such estimated amount shall be revised at least quarterly, and as so revised shall be proclaimed by the President.

    ‘SECTION 3. The President shall annually submit to the Congress a budget which shall be prepared in such a manner as to insure compliance with the first section of this article.

    ‘SECTION 4. In time of war declared by the Congress, or in time of grave national emergency requiring expenditures in excess of receipts proclaimed by the President, the application of this article may be suspended by a con-current resolution which has passed each House by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the authorized membership of that House and which contains a section substantially as follows:

    ‘SECTION . It being now a time of war declared by the Congress (or, a time of grave national emergency proclaimed by the President, as the case may be), it is the sense of the Congress that the provisions of

    article of the Constitution of the United States be suspended until .’

    ‘No concurrent resolution shall suspend the application of this article beyond the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which such resolution is adopted.

    ‘SECTION 5. This article shall apply only with respect to fiscal years which begin more than two years after the date on which this article was ratified.

    ‘SECTION 6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution within seven years from the date of its submission.’.