Summary: S.J.Res.51 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/10/1977)

Constitutional Amendment - Requires Congress to assure that the total outlays of the Government, during any fiscal year, do not exceed the total receipts of the Government during such fiscal year. States that by the fourth fiscal year after the ratification of this amendment the budget shall be balanced.

Permits expenditures to exceed national revenues in time of declared emergency, but states that such expenditures shall never exceed receipts by more than ten percent.

Provides that during the fifth fiscal year beginning after the ratification of this amendment and for the next 24 succeeding fiscal years thereafter, the total receipts of the Government shall exceed outlays by an amount equal to four percent of the Federal indebtedness at the beginning of the fifth fiscal year.