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H.J.Res. 28 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for a balanced budget for the United States Government and for greater accountability in the enactment of tax legislation.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 4, 1995 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.


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104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 28

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for a balanced budget for the United States Government and for greater accountability in the enactment of tax legislation.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 1995

Mr. STENHOLM (for himself, Mr. SCHAEFER, Mr. KENNEDY of Massachusetts, Ms. DUNN of Washington, Mr. PAYNE of Virginia, Mr. CASTLE, Mr. DEAL of Georgia, Mr. ALLARD, Mr. BAESLER, Mr. BARCIA, Mr. BARRETT of Nebraska, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. BEREUTER, Mr. BEVILL, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. BISHOP, Mr. BLILEY, Mr. BLUTE, Mr. BONILLA, Mr. BREWSTER, Mr. BROWDER, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Mr. BRYANT of Texas, Mr. BUNN of Oregon, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. CALLAHAN, Mr. CALVERT, Mr. CAMP, Mr. CHAPMAN, Mr. CLEMENT, Mr. COBURN, Mr. COLLINS of Georgia, Mr. CONDIT, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Ms. DANNER, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. DE LA GARZA, Mr. DEUTSCH, Mr. DIAZ-BALART, Mr. DOOLEY, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. EDWARDS, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. FOLEY, Mrs. FOWLER, Mr. FOX of Pennsylvania, Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey, Mr. FRANKS of Connecticut, Mr. FROST, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. GANSKE, Mr. PETE GEREN of Texas, Mr. GIBBONS, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. GILLMOR, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. GOODLING, Mr. GORDON, Mr. GREENWOOD, Mr. GUNDERSON, Mr. HALL of Texas, Mr. HANSEN, Ms. HARMAN, Mr. HAYES, Mr. HEFLEY, Mr. HEFNER, Mr. HEINEMAN, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. HORN, Mr. HOUGHTON, Mr. HOYER, Mr. INGLIS of South Carolina, Mr. JACOBS, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. JOHNSTON of Florida, Mr. KIM, Mr. KLUG, Mr. KNOLLENBERG, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. LAUGHLIN, Mr. LAZIO, Mr. LIGHTFOOT, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. MARTINEZ, Ms. MCCARTHY, Mr. MCCOLLUM, Mr. MCCRERY, Mr. MCHALE, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. MEEHAN, Mrs. MEYERS of Kansas, Mr. MINGE, Ms. MOLINARI, Mr. MONTGOMERY, Mr. MOORHEAD, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. PARKER, Mr. PAXON, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. PETERSON of Florida, Mr. PORTMAN, Mr. POSHARD, Ms. PRYCE, Mr. QUILLEN, Mr. QUINN, Mr. REGULA, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. ROEMER, Mr. ROSE, Mrs. ROUKEMA, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. SANFORD, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. SISISKY, Mr. SKELTON, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. SPRATT, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. STUMP, Mr. TANNER, Mr. TAUZIN, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Mr. TORRICELLI, Mr. TORKILDSEN, Mr. VOLKMER, Mrs. VUCANOVICH, Mr. WALSH, Mr. WILSON, Mr. YOUNG of Florida, and Mr. ANDREWS) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for a balanced budget for the United States Government and for greater accountability in the enactment of tax legislation.

    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 to the States for ratification:

‘Article--

    ‘SECTION 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, unless three-fifths of the whole number of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific excess of outlays over receipts by a rollcall vote.

    ‘SECTION 2. The limit on the debt of the United States held by the public shall not be increased, unless three-fifths of the whole number of each House shall provide by law for such an increase by a rollcall 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 total outlays do not exceed total receipts.

    ‘SECTION 4. No bill to increase revenue shall become law unless approved by a majority of the whole number of each House by a rollcall vote.

    ‘SECTION 5. The Congress may waive the provisions of this article for any fiscal year in which a declaration of was is in effect. The provisions of this article may be waived for any fiscal year in which the United States is engaged in military conflict which causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is so declared by a joint resolution, adopted by a majority of the whole number of each House, which becomes law.

    ‘SECTION 6. The Congress shall enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation, which may rely on estimates of outlays and receipts.

    ‘SECTION 7. Total receipts shall include all receipts of the United States Government except those derived from borrowing. Total outlays shall include all outlays of the United States Government except for those for repayment of debt principal.

    ‘SECTION 8. This article shall take effect beginning with fiscal year 2002 or with the second fiscal year beginning after its ratification, whichever is later.’.