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S.J.RES.7: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.

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 John Cornyn, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 44 (All Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 13, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits total outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from borrowing) unless Congress, by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts.

Prohibits total outlays for any fiscal year from exceeding 18% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the preceding calendar year unless Congress, by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess over such 18%.

Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually.

Prohibits any bill from becoming law that imposes a new tax or increases the statutory rate of any tax or the aggregate amount of revenue, unless approved by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber.

Requires a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber to increase the federal debt limit.

Authorizes waivers of these requirements...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 13, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S715-716)