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H.J.RES.17: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States which requires (except during time of war and subject to suspension by Congress) that the total amount of money expended by the United States during any fiscal year not exceed the amount of certain revenue received by the United States during such fiscal year and not exceed 20 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States during the previous calendar year.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about economics and public finance
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Sponsor Martha Roby, R-Ala.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced Jan. 15, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 25, 2013
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Bill Summary

Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits, except in time of a congressionally declared war, federal fiscal year expenditures from exceeding: (1) federal revenues for that fiscal year, except revenue received from the issuance of bonds, notes, or other obligations of the United States; and (2) 20% of the gross domestic product for the preceding calendar year. Authorizes suspension of these prohibitions by concurrent resolution approved by a three-fifths vote of the Senate and a two-thirds vote of the House of Representatives.

Requires the President, before each fiscal year, to transmit to Congress a proposed federal budget for that fiscal year in which total outlays do not exceed total revenues received by the United States.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice.
Jan. 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.