Title: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Author: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)


This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting total outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber. The prohibition excludes outlays for repayment of debt principal and receipts derived from borrowing.

The amendment requires roll call votes of (1) three-fifths of each chamber of Congress to increase the public debt limit, and (2) a majority of each chamber for legislation increasing revenue.

It also requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually.

Congress is authorized to waive these requirements when a declaration of war is in effect or if the United States is engaged in a military conflict which causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security.

Introduced in House 01/04/2021
Introduced in House 01/04/2021
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 01/04/2021

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(PDF) 01/04/2021 - HJRES 3 (Introduced+in+House)

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    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)
    U.S. Representative

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