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S.J.Res. 6 (114th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.

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About the resolution

The last year the federal government had a surplus, meaning it spent less money than it took in, was 2001. Although the yearly budget deficit has declined every year since 2009, in January it was announced that the deficit would likely increase again in 2016.

S.J.Res. 6 would add an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget every year. Introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), it’s already attained 53 co-sponsors — more than half the Senate. It would literally be impossible for the proposal to be more polarizing: every single Senate Republican has signed on as a cosponsor, while not a single Senate Democrat has.

Support and opposition

“Every other approach has failed and our nation’s debt has grown to levels that all agree are ...

Sponsor and status

Orrin Hatch

Sponsor. Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015
Length: 4 pages
Feb 4, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on February 4, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


53 Cosponsors (53 Republicans)



Feb 4, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S.J.Res. 6 (114th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number S.J.Res. 6. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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