Text: H.J.Res.22 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 109th Congress]
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[H.J. Res. 22 Introduced in House (IH)]






109th CONGRESS
  1st Session
H. J. RES. 22

Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United 
                                States.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           February 17, 2005

Mr. Cooper (for himself, Mr. Cardoza, Mr. Matheson, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Ross, 
Mr. Barrow, Mr. Case, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Salazar, 
  Ms. Harman, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Costa, Mr. Boswell, Ms. 
 Herseth, Mr. Moore of Kansas, Mr. Scott of Georgia, Mr. Chandler, Mr. 
 Tanner, Mr. Ford, Mr. Berry, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, and 
 Mr. Taylor of Mississippi) introduced the following joint resolution; 
          which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                            JOINT RESOLUTION


 
Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United 
                                States.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled 
(two-thirds of each House concurring therein),  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 for 
ratification:

                              ``Article --

    ``Section 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed 
total receipts for that fiscal year, unless three-fifths of the whole 
number of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific 
excess of outlays over receipts by a rollcall vote.
    ``Section 2. The limit on the debt of the United States held by the 
public shall not be increased, unless three-fifths of the whole number 
of each House shall provide by law for such an increase by a rollcall 
vote.
    ``Section 3. Prior to each fiscal year, the President shall 
transmit to the Congress a proposed budget for the United States 
Government for that fiscal year in which total outlays do not exceed 
total receipts.
    ``Section 4. No bill to increase revenue shall become law unless 
approved by a majority of the whole number of each House by a rollcall 
vote.
    ``Section 5. The Congress may waive the provisions of this article 
for any fiscal year in which a declaration of war is in effect. The 
provisions of this article may be waived for any fiscal year in which 
the United States is engaged in military conflict which causes an 
imminent and serious military threat to national security and is so 
declared by a joint resolution, adopted by a majority of the whole 
number of each House, which becomes law.
    ``Section 6. The Congress shall enforce and implement this article 
by appropriate legislation, which may rely on estimates of outlays and 
receipts. The appropriate committees of the House of Representatives 
and the Senate shall report to their respective Houses implementing 
legislation to achieve a balanced budget without increasing the 
receipts or reducing the disbursements of the Federal Old-Age and 
Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance 
Trust Fund to achieve that goal.
    ``Section 7. Total receipts shall include all receipts of the 
United States Government except those derived from borrowing. Total 
outlays shall include all outlays of the United States Government 
except for those for repayment of debt principal.
    ``Section 8. This article shall take effect beginning with the 
later of the second fiscal year beginning after its ratification or the 
first fiscal year beginning after December 31, 2009.''.
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