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H.J.Res. 2: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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Context

The Republican tax reform law passed in December will likely cause trillion-dollar annual deficits starting in 2019 and beyond. That’s not even a Democratic hypothesis — the projections come from a February report from President Trump’s own Treasury Department.

Republicans on April 12 attempted to prevent that outcome — and, according to the more cynical interpretation, attempted to save face shortly after passing a deficit-expanding law — by passing a balanced budget resolution to amend the Constitution.

What the resolution would have done

H.J. Res. 2, introduced by Rep ...

Sponsor and status

Bob Goodlatte

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Introduced:

Jan 3, 2017

Status:

Failed Under Suspension on Apr 12, 2018

This resolution is provisionally dead due to a failed vote on April 12, 2018 under a fast-track procedure called "suspension." It may or may not get another vote.

History

Jan 3, 2017
 
Introduced

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

Apr 6, 2018
 
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this resolution would be considered in the week ahead.

Apr 12, 2018
 
Failed in the House Under Suspension

Passage was attempted under a fast-track procedure called "suspension of the rules." The vote failed, but the bill can be voted on again.

If this resolution has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Passed House (Senate next)

 
Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.J.Res. 2 is 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.

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