H.J.Res. 77 (109th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to authorize the President to reduce or disapprove any appropriation or authorization of new direct spending in any bill presented by Congress.

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2006 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

HJ 77 IH

109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. J. RES. 77

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to authorize the President to reduce or disapprove any appropriation or authorization of new direct spending in any bill presented by Congress.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 8, 2006

Mr. STEARNS 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 authorize the President to reduce or disapprove any appropriation or authorization of new direct spending in any bill presented by Congress.

    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:

`Article --

    `SECTION 1. The President may reduce or disapprove any appropriation or authorization of new direct spending in any bill, order, resolution, or vote, which is presented to the President under section 7 of Article I.

    `SECTION 2. Any legislation that the President approves and signs, after being amended pursuant to section 1, shall become law as so modified.

    `The President shall return those portions of the legislation that contain reduced or disapproved appropriations or disapproved authorization of new direct spending with objections to the House where such legislation originated.

    `Congress may separately consider any reduced or disapproved appropriations or disapproved authorization of new direct spending in the manner prescribed under section 7 of Article I for bills disapproved by the President.

    `SECTION 3. This article shall take effect on the first day of the first session of Congress beginning after the date of ratification.'.