H.J.Res. 39 (98th): A joint resolution proposing and amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that appropriations made by the United States shall not exceed its revenues, except in time of war or threat of war as determined by the Congress; and to provide for the systematic paying back of the national debt.


Jan 3, 1983
98th Congress, 1983–1984

Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on January 3, 1983, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


James Quillen
Representative for Tennessee's 1st congressional district

About the resolution

Summary (CRS)
1/3/1983--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits the total appropriations of Congress from exceeding estimated revenues. Authorizes the suspension of such prohibition in time of war or national emergency. Prohibits any increase in ...

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H.J.Res. 47 (identical)

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The “H.J.Res.” in “H.J.Res. 39” means this is a House 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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Jan 3, 1983


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