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H J Res 1 - Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment - Key Vote

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Legislation-Joint Resolution - Joint Resolution Failed (Senate) (64-35) - (Key vote)

Title: Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to the Constitution that prohibits total expenditures from exceeding total revenue for a fiscal year, unless three-fifths of Congress votes to pass a bill stating otherwise.

Highlights:
  • Requires a 3/5 vote of Congress to increase the public debt.
  • Prohibits tax increase legislation from becoming law unless approved by 3/5 of the U.S. Congress.
  • Waives provisions of the amendment when a declaration of war is in effect, or if Congress passes a joint resolution stating that the U.S. faces an imminent and serious military threat to national security.
  • Directs the President to submit a balanced budget proposal to the Congress regarding the expenditures and revenue of the U.S. Government.
Legislation-Joint Resolution - Joint Resolution Failed (Senate) (65-35) - (Key vote)

Title: Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to the Constitution that prohibits total expenditures from exceeding total revenue for a fiscal year, unless three-fifths of Congress votes to pass a bill stating otherwise.

Highlights:
  • Requires a 3/5 vote of Congress to increase the public debt.
  • Prohibits tax increase legislation from becoming law unless approved by 3/5 of the U.S. Congress.
  • Waives provisions of the amendment when a declaration of war is in effect, or if Congress passes a joint resolution stating that the U.S. faces an imminent and serious military threat to national security.
  • Directs the President to submit a balanced budget proposal to the Congress regarding the expenditures and revenue of the U.S. Government.
Note:

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.

Legislation-Joint Resolution - Joint Resolution Passed (House) (300-132) - (Key vote)

Title: Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to the Constitution that prohibits total expenditures from exceeding total revenue for a fiscal year, unless three-fifths of Congress votes to pass a bill stating otherwise.

Highlights:
  • Requires a 3/5 vote of Congress to increase the public debt.
  • Prohibits tax increase legislation from becoming law unless approved by 3/5 of the U.S. Congress.
  • Waives provisions of the amendment when a declaration of war is in effect, or if Congress passes a joint resolution stating that the U.S. faces an imminent and serious military threat to national security.
  • Directs the President to submit a balanced budget proposal to the Congress regarding the expenditures and revenue of the U.S. Government.
Note:

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.

Legislation-Joint Resolution - Introduced (House) -

Title: Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment

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  • Wayne A. Allard (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert E. 'Rob' Andrews (NJ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard K. 'Dick' Armey (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William P. 'Bill' Baker (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard Hugh Baker (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Cass Ballenger (NC - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Laurence 'Bob' Barr Jr. (GA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • William E. 'Bill' Barrett (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Roscoe G. Bartlett (MD - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael 'Mike' Bilirakis (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Bliley Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter I. Blute (MA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Henry Bonilla (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Sonny Bono (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Samuel D. 'Sam' Brownback (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Bunn (OR - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Bunning (KY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard M. Burr (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan L. Burton (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Herbert L. 'Sonny' Callahan (AL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles T. Canady (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael N. 'Mike' Castle (DE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Clarence Saxby Chambliss (GA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon Lynn Christensen (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dick Chrysler (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Allen 'Tom' Coburn (OK - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Allen 'Mac' Collins (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Larry Ed Combest (TX - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Wes Cooley (OR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher Cox (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip M. Crane (IL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael D. 'Mike' Crapo (ID - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Frank Arnold Cremeans (OH - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Barbara L. Cubin (WY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Randall H. 'Duke' Cunningham (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Patsy Ann 'Pat' Danner (MO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John T. Doolittle (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert K. 'Bob' Dornan (CA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jennifer B. Dunn (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert L. 'Bob' Ehrlich Jr. (MD - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill Emerson (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip 'Phil' English (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Eric Ensign (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Terry Everett (AL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas W. Ewing (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Harris W. Fawell (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jack M. Fields Jr. (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Patrick Flanagan (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Foley (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Patrick Forbes (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tillie K. Fowler (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon David Fox (PA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel 'Dan' Frisa (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • David Funderburk (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John 'Greg' Ganske (IA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • George W. Gekas (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Wayne T. Gilchrest (MD - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul E. Gillmor (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William F. 'Bill' Goodling (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Porter J. Goss (FL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Lindsey O. Graham (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Enid Greene (UT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James C. 'Jim' Greenwood (PA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Gilbert W. 'Gil' Gutknecht (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Melton D. 'Mel' Hancock (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James V. Hansen (UT - ) (Out Of Office)
  • J. Dennis 'Denny' Hastert (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jimmy' Hayes (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John David 'J.D.' Hayworth Jr. (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Joel Hefley (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Fredrick Kenneth Fred' Heineman (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Walter 'Wally' Herger Jr. (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Van Hilleary (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David Lee 'Dave' Hobson (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter 'Pete' Hoekstra (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen 'Steve' Horn (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Duncan L. Hunter (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Y. Tim Hutchinson (AR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert 'Bob' Inglis Sr. (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ernest J. Istook Jr. (OK - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jay C. Kim (CA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph K. 'Joe' Knollenberg (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James T. 'Jim' Kolbe (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ray H. LaHood (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen 'Steve' Largent (OK - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Steven C. 'Steve' LaTourette (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Greg Laughlin (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jim' Leach (IA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ron Lewis (KY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jerry Lewis (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James Ross 'Jim' Lightfoot (IA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John Linder (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert L. 'Bob' Livingston (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James B. Longley Jr. (ME - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill McCollum (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James O. 'Jim' McCrery III (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David M. McIntosh (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jack Metcalf (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jan Meyers (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan Miller (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Susan Molinari (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Carlos J. Moorhead (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Suellen W. 'Sue' Myrick (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark W. Neumann (WI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert William 'Bob' Ney (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles W. 'Charlie' Norwood Jr. (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jim' Nussle (IA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael G. Oxley (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ronald C. 'Ron' Packard (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William 'Bill' Paxon (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard W. Pombo (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert J. 'Rob' Portman (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Glenn W. Poshard (IL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Deborah D. Pryce (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James H. 'Jimmy' Quillen (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jack Quinn (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • George P. Radanovich (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Ramstad (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Frank Duhcan Riggs (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles Patrick 'Pat' Roberts (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Toby Roth (WI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Matthew 'Matt' Salmon (AZ - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Marshall Clement 'Mark' Sanford Jr. (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • H. James 'Jim' Saxton (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Joe Scarborough (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel L. 'Dan' Schaefer (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Andrea Seastrand (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John B. Shadegg (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • E. Clay Shaw Jr. (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Nick Smith (MI - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Linda A. Smith (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald B.H. 'Jerry' Solomon (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Edward Souder (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Floyd Davidson Spence (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Clifford Bundy 'Cliff' Stearns (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Steve Stockman (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Lee 'Bob' Stump (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Talent (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William J. 'Billy' Tauzin (LA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles H. Taylor (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Todd Tiahrt (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Barbara F. Vucanovich (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert S. Walker (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Zach Wamp (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • W. Curtis 'Curt' Weldon (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David Weldon (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald C. 'Jerry' Weller (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Roger F. Wicker (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles William 'Bill' Young (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard 'Dick' Zimmer (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)