H.J.Res. 56 (112th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.

Apr 07, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee) in a previous session of Congress

This resolution was introduced on April 7, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Apr 07, 2011
Joe Walsh
Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district
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Last Updated
Apr 07, 2011
4 pages
Related Bills
S.J.Res. 10 (identical)

Failed Senate
Dec 14, 2011

S.J.Res. 23 (identical)

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 30, 2011


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61 cosponsors (61R) (show)

House Judiciary

The Constitution and Civil Justice

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H.J.Res. stands for House joint resolution.

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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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