H. J. RES. 17
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 15, 2013
Mrs. Roby introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States which requires (except during time of war and subject to suspension by Congress) that the total amount of money expended by the United States during any fiscal year not exceed the amount of certain revenue received by the United States during such fiscal year and not exceed 20 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States during the previous calendar year.
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 by the Congress:
The total amount of money expended by the United States in any fiscal year shall not exceed the total amount of revenue received by the United States during such fiscal year, except revenue received from the issuance of bonds, notes, or other obligations of the United States.
The total amount of money expended by the United States in any fiscal year shall not exceed the amount equal to 20 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States during the last calendar year ending before the beginning of such fiscal year.
Prior to each fiscal year, the President shall transmit to Congress a proposed budget for the United States for that fiscal year in which total outlays of the United States do not exceed total revenue received by the United States.
Sections 1 and 2 of this Article shall not apply during any fiscal year during any part of which the United States is at war as declared by Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution.
Sections 1 and 2 of this Article may be suspended by a concurrent resolution approved by a three-fifths vote of the Members of the Senate and a two-thirds vote of the Members of the House of Representatives. Any suspension of sections 1 and 2 of this Article under this section shall be effective only during the fiscal year during which such suspension is approved.
Congress shall have power to enforce this Article by appropriate legislation.
This Article shall take effect on the first day of the first fiscal year beginning after the date of the adoption of this Article.