H.J.RES.24: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about economics and public finance
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Sponsor Justin Amash, R-Mich.
Total Cosponsors 38 (5 Democrats, 33 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 6, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 28, 2013
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  • Bill introduced in the House   
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Bill Summary

Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits total outlays (except those for payment of debt) for a year from exceeding the average annual revenue (except that derived from borrowing) collected in the three prior years, adjusted in proportion to changes in population and inflation.

Requires a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber to declare an emergency and provide by law for specific outlays in excess of such limit.

Requires the declaration to specify reasons for the emergency designation, and allows it to authorize outlays in excess of the limit for up to one year.

Prescribes a formula for reducing, over each of 10 years, the excess (deficit) of outlays over the average annual revenue collected in the three prior years, adjusted for population and inflation changes.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 28, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice.
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.