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S J Res 24 - Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill) - Key Vote

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Tom Harkin voted Nay (Passage) on this Constitutional Amendment.

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NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER OF CONGRESS, AND RATIFICATION BY THREE-FOURTHS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES WITHIN SEVEN YEARS OF THE DATE THE AMENDMENT WAS SUBMITTED.

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Constitutional Amendment - Amendment Rejected (Senate) (21-79) - (Key vote)

Title: Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill)

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a joint resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the state legislatures that prohibits the federal government from spending money in excess of its revenue, beginning 5 fiscal years after the amendment is ratified.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the federal government from spending more money than it receives for any fiscal year, unless authorized to do so for a specific expenditure by a three-fifths majority vote in both houses of Congress.
  • Defines federal revenue as excluding funds derived from borrowing and revenue of the Social Security trust funds.
  • Defines federal spending as excluding debt payments and spending of the Social Security trust funds.
  • Prohibits Congress from passing any bill that provides a net reduction in individual income taxes for those with incomes over $1 million if, after enactment, spending would exceed total revenue in any fiscal year.
  • Prohibits any court from ordering a reduction in Social Security benefits in order to enforce the provisions of this amendment.
  • Exempts the federal government from the provisions of this amendment during any fiscal year in which a declaration of war is in effect, or in which the United States is engaged in a military conflict that causes an “imminent and serious” military threat to national security, as declared by a majority vote of both houses of Congress.
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NOTE: THIS LEGISLATION NEEDED A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY VOTE TO PASS

Constitutional Amendment - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill)

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