Thursday, April 24, 2008

Constitutional Amendment may be introduced

The following is being considered as a House Joint Resolution as a constitutional amendment related to Federal Government spending. To my knowledge, it has not been introduced as of yet.


Mr. CAMPBELL of California introduced the following joint resolution; which
was referred to the Committee on _______________

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United
States to control spending.
1 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives
2 of the United States of America in Congress assembled
3 (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the fol4
lowing article is proposed as an amendment to the Con5
stitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all
6 intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when
7 ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several
8 States within seven years after the date of its submission
9 for ratification:

2 ‘‘SECTION 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall
3 not exceed an amount that would cause total outlays to
4 have increased by a rate that exceeds growth in the United
5 States economy over the period since 2007, unless two6
thirds of the whole number of each House of Congress
7 shall provide by law for a specific increase of outlays above
8 this amount by a roll call vote.

9 ‘‘SECTION 2. Prior to each fiscal year, the President
10 shall transmit to the Congress a proposed budget for the
11 United States Government for that fiscal year, and for all
12 other fiscal years covered by the President’s budget, in
13 which total outlays do not exceed the outlays from the pre14
vious year after taking into account an increase to reflect
15 the average growth in the United States economy over the
16 period since 2007.

17 ‘‘SECTION 3. The Congress may waive the provisions
18 of this article for any fiscal year in which a declaration
19 of war is in effect.

20 ‘‘SECTION 4. The Congress shall enforce and imple21
ment this article by appropriate legislation, which may rely
22 on estimates.

23 ‘‘SECTION 5. Total outlays shall include all outlays
24 of the United States Government, except for those for re25
payment of debt principal.

1 ‘‘SECTION 6. This article shall take effect beginning
2 the second fiscal year after its ratification.’’.

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