HR 361 - Balanced budget amendment; urge Congress submit for ratification

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A RESOLUTION urging that the balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution be submitted to the states for ratification; and for other purposes.

Crews, Ronald A (78th) Ehrhart, Earl (36th) Irvin, Robert A (45th)
Evans, Mike A (28th) Pinholster, Garland (15th) Wiles, John J (34th)
Status Summary HC: W&M SC: LA: 02/27/97 H - Read 2nd Time
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2/25/97 Read 1st Time
2/27/97 Read 2nd Time

HR 361                                             LC 21 4482 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Urging that the balanced budget amendment to the United 
  1- 2  States Constitution be submitted to the states for 
  1- 3  ratification; and for other purposes. 
  1- 4  WHEREAS, the annual federal budget has not been balanced 
  1- 5  since 1969, and the federal public debt is now more than $5 
  1- 6  trillion--or $20,000.00 for every man, woman, and child in 
  1- 7  America; and 
  1- 8  WHEREAS, continued deficit spending demonstrates an 
  1- 9  unwillingness or inability of both the federal executive and 
  1-10  legislative branches to spend no more than available 
  1-11  revenues; and 
  1-12  WHEREAS, fiscal irresponsibility at the federal level is 
  1-13  lowering our standard of living, destroying jobs, and 
  1-14  endangering economic opportunity now and for the next 
  1-15  generation; and 
  1-16  WHEREAS, the federal government's unlimited ability to 
  1-17  borrow raises questions about fundamental principles and 
  1-18  responsibilities of government, with potentially profound 
  1-19  consequences for the nation and its people, making it an 
  1-20  appropriate subject for limitation by the Constitution of 
  1-21  the United States; and 
  1-22  WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States vests the 
  1-23  ultimate responsibility to approve or disapprove 
  1-24  constitutional amendments with the people, as represented by 
  1-25  their elected state legislatures; and opposition by a small 
  1-26  minority repeatedly has thwarted the will of the people that 
  1-27  a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution should be 
  1-28  submitted to the states for ratification. 
  1-30  REPRESENTATIVES that the Congress of the United States is 
  1-31  urged expeditiously to pass, and propose to the legislatures 
  1-32  of the several states for ratification, an amendment to the 
  1-33  Constitution of the United States requiring in the absence 
  1-34  of a national emergency that the total of all federal 
  1-35  appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may 
  2- 1  not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for 
  2- 2  that fiscal year. 
  2- 3  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of 
  2- 4  Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit 
  2- 5  appropriate copies of this resolution to the President of 
  2- 6  the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of 
  2- 7  Representatives of the United States, each member of the 
  2- 8  Georgia congressional delegation, and the Secretary of State 
  2- 9  and the presiding officers of both houses of the 
  2-10  legislatures of each of the other states in the union. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
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