H.J.Res. 81 (112th): Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Oct 14, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee) in a previous session of Congress
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H.J.Res. 102 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Feb 14, 2012

This resolution was introduced on October 14, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Oct 14, 2011
Justin Amash
Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district
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Oct 14, 2011
3 pages
Related Bills
H.J.Res. 24 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 06, 2013

H.J.Res. 102 (Related)
Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 14, 2012


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59 cosponsors (45R, 14D) (show)

House Judiciary

The Constitution and Civil Justice

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

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Library of Congress Summary

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Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits total outlays (except those for payment of debt) for a year from exceeding the average annual revenue (except that derived from borrowing) collected in the three prior years, adjusted in proportion to changes in population and inflation.
Requires a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber to declare an emergency and provide by law for specific outlays in excess of such limit.
Requires the declaration to specify reasons for the emergency designation and to limit the period in which outlays may exceed such limit to no longer than one year.
Requires all revenue in excess of outlays: (1) to reduce the federal debt; and (2) upon the retirement of such debt, to be held by the Treasury to be used for the specific outlays in excess of such limit.
Prescribes a formula for reducing outlays over ten years.

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