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Official Title as Introduced

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to require two-thirds majorities for bills increasing taxes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
04/15/1996Failed of passage/not agreed to in House: On passage Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 243 - 177 (Roll no. 117).
02/01/1996Introduced in House

All Actions (25)

Date All Actions
04/15/1996-11:34pmMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-11:34pmOn passage Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 243 - 177 (Roll no. 117).
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-11:13pmOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by voice vote. (consideration: CR H3304)
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-11:07pmDEBATE - The House proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-11:07pmMr. Stenholm moved to recommit with instructions to Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-11:06pmThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-10:03pmDEBATE - The House resumed general debate.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-7:26pmDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 395, the House proceeded with three hours of general debate.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-7:25pmOn motion to table the motion to reconsider Agreed to by recorded vote: 236 - 157 (Roll No. 116). (consideration: CR H3272)
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-7:10pmMr. Canady moved to table the motion to reconsider
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-7:09pmMr. Skaggs moved to reconsider the vote.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-7:09pmOn motion to consider the joint resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 241 - 157 (Roll No. 115). (consideration: CR H3271)
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:52pmMr. Skaggs moved to consider.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:52pmMr. Skaggs raised the question of consideration of the Joint Resolution.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:52pmH.Amdt.988 On agreeing to the Rules amendment (A001)
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:52pmH.Amdt.988 Amendment (A001) in the nature of a substitute offered by the Committee on Rules.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:51pmPursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 395, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.J. Res. 169 was considered as having been adopted.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:50pmRule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 159 with 3 hours of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Providing for the consideration in the House. A specified amendment is in order. An amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.J. Res. 169 shall be considered as having been adopted. One motion to amend shall be in order, if offered by the Minority Leader or his designee, debatable for one hour.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:50pmConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 395. (consideration: CR H3272-3304)
Action By: House of Representatives
04/15/1996-6:31pmRule H. Res. 395 passed House.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/29/1996-12:34pmRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 395 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 159 with 3 hours of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Providing for the consideration in the House. A specified amendment is in order. An amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.J. Res. 169 shall be considered as having been adopted. One motion to amend shall be in order, if offered by the Minority Leader or his designee, debatable for one hour.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/06/1996Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution
02/09/1996Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/01/1996Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
02/01/1996Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (172)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Geren, Pete [D-TX-12]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Shadegg, John B. [R-AZ-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hall, Ralph M. [D-TX-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Saxton, Jim [R-NJ-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Allard, Wayne [R-CO-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Andrews, Robert E. [D-NJ-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Armey, Richard K. [R-TX-26]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bachus, Spencer [R-AL-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Baker, Bill [R-CA-10]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Baker, Richard H. [R-LA-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Ballenger, Cass [R-NC-10]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Barr, Bob [R-GA-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Barrett, Bill [R-NE-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bartlett, Roscoe G. [R-MD-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bliley, Tom [R-VA-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Boehner, John A. [R-OH-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bonilla, Henry [R-TX-23]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Brownback, Sam [R-KS-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bryant, Ed [R-TN-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bunn, Jim [R-OR-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Bunning, Jim [R-KY-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Burr, Richard [R-NC-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Burton, Dan [R-IN-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Callahan, Sonny [R-AL-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-43]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Camp, Dave [R-MI-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Chambliss, Saxby [R-GA-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Chenoweth-Hage, Helen [R-ID-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Christensen, Jon [R-NE-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Chrysler, Dick [R-MI-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Coburn, Tom [R-OK-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Collins, Mac [R-GA-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Combest, Larry [R-TX-19]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Cooley, Wes [R-OR-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Cox, Christopher [R-CA-47]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Crane, Philip M. [R-IL-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Cremeans, Frank A. [R-OH-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Cubin, Barbara [R-WY-At Large]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Cunningham, Randy (Duke) [R-CA-51]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Deal, Nathan [R-GA-9]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Dickey, Jay [R-AR-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Doolittle, John T. [R-CA-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Dornan, Robert K. [R-CA-46]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Dunn, Jennifer [R-WA-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Emerson, Bill [R-MO-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. English, Phil [R-PA-21]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Ensign, John [R-NV-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Foley, Mark [R-FL-16]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Forbes, Michael P. [R-NY-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Fowler, Tillie [R-FL-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Fox, Jon D. [R-PA-13]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Franks, Bob [R-NJ-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Franks, Gary A. [R-CT-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Frisa, Dan [R-NY-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Funderburk, David [R-NC-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Ganske, Greg [R-IA-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Gilman, Benjamin A. [R-NY-20]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Goodling, William F. [R-PA-19]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Greenwood, James C. [R-PA-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Gutknecht, Gil [R-MN-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hancock, Mel [R-MO-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hansen, James V. [R-UT-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hastert, J. Dennis [R-IL-14]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hastings, Doc [R-WA-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hayes, James A. [R-LA-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hayworth, J. D. [R-AZ-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hefley, Joel [R-CO-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Heineman, Frederick K. (Fred) [R-NC-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Herger, Wally [R-CA-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hilleary, Van [R-TN-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Horn, Stephen [R-CA-38]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hunter, Duncan [R-CA-52]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Hutchinson, Tim [R-AR-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Inglis, Bob [R-SC-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Istook, Ernest J., Jr. [R-OK-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Kelly, Sue W. [R-NY-19]* 02/01/1996
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Klug, Scott L. [R-WI-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Knollenberg, Joe [R-MI-11]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Kolbe, Jim [R-AZ-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Largent, Steve [R-OK-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Latham, Tom [R-IA-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Laughlin, Greg [R-TX-14]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Lewis, Ron [R-KY-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Lightfoot, Jim [R-IA-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Linder, John [R-GA-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Manzullo, Donald A. [R-IL-16]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Martini, William J. [R-NJ-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. McCollum, Bill [R-FL-8]* 02/01/1996
Rep. McCrery, Jim [R-LA-5]* 02/01/1996
Rep. McHugh, John M. [R-NY-24]* 02/01/1996
Rep. McInnis, Scott [R-CO-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. McIntosh, David M. [R-IN-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [R-CA-25]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Metcalf, Jack [R-WA-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Miller, Dan [R-FL-13]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Myrick, Sue Wilkins [R-NC-9]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Neumann, Mark W. [R-WI-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Ney, Robert W. [R-OH-18]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Norwood, Charles W. [R-GA-10]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Packard, Ron [R-CA-48]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Parker, Mike [D-MS-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Paxon, Bill [R-NY-27]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Quillen, James H. (Jimmy) [R-TN-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Quinn, Jack [R-NY-30]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Radanovich, George [R-CA-19]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Ramstad, Jim [R-MN-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Riggs, Frank [R-CA-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Roberts, Pat [R-KS-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-45]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Sanford, Marshall (Mark) [R-SC-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Scarborough, Joe [R-FL-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Schaefer, Dan [R-CO-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Seastrand, Andrea H. [R-CA-22]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-9]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Skeen, Joe [R-NM-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Smith, Linda [R-WA-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Solomon, Gerald B. H. [R-NY-22]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Souder, Mark E. [R-IN-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Spence, Floyd [R-SC-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Stearns, Cliff [R-FL-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Stockman, Steve [R-TX-9]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Stump, Bob [R-AZ-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Talent, Jim [R-MO-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Tate, Randy [R-WA-9]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Tauzin, W. J. (Billy) [R-LA-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Taylor, Charles H. [R-NC-11]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Tiahrt, Todd [R-KS-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Torkildsen, Peter G. [R-MA-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Waldholtz, Enid Greene [R-UT-2]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Wamp, Zach [R-TN-3]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Watts, J. C., Jr. [R-OK-4]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Weldon, Dave [R-FL-15]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Weldon, Curt [R-PA-7]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Weller, Jerry [R-IL-11]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]* 02/01/1996
Rep. Zeliff, William H., Jr. [R-NH-1]* 02/01/1996
Rep. LaHood, Ray [R-IL-18] 03/06/1996
Rep. Bono, Sonny [R-CA-44] 03/06/1996
Rep. Zimmer, Dick [R-NJ-12] 03/07/1996
Rep. Smith, Nick [R-MI-7] 03/14/1996
Rep. Fawell, Harris W. [R-IL-13] 03/14/1996
Rep. Condit, Gary A. [D-CA-18] 03/14/1996
Rep. Fields, Jack [R-TX-8] 03/14/1996
Rep. Shuster, Bud [R-PA-9] 03/21/1996
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 03/21/1996
Rep. Pombo, Richard W. [R-CA-11] 03/21/1996
Rep. Crapo, Mike [R-ID-2] 03/21/1996
Rep. Whitfield, Ed [R-KY-1] 03/27/1996
Rep. Bilbray, Brian P. [R-CA-49] 03/27/1996
Rep. Rose, Charlie [D-NC-7] 03/27/1996
Rep. Vucanovich, Barbara F. [R-NV-2] 04/15/1996
Rep. Bass, Charles F. [R-NH-2] 04/15/1996
Rep. Meyers, Jan [R-KS-3] 04/15/1996
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-18] 04/15/1996
Cosponsors Who Withdrew Date Cosponsored Date Withdrawn CR Explanation
Rep. Goss, Porter J. [R-FL-14]* 02/01/1996 03/29/1996 --

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary02/01/1996 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution02/09/1996 Referred to
03/06/1996 Hearings by

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Latest Summary (2)

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Failed of passage in House (04/15/1996)

Constitutional Amendment - Requires the concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present in either the House of Representatives or the Senate before the final adoption of any bill, resolution, or other legislative measure which changes the internal revenue laws by more than a de minimis amount. Allows the Congress to waive such provisions during war or certain military conflict. Requires all votes under this Amendment to be by yeas and nays and the names of persons voting for and against to be entered in the Journal of each House.