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VirtualCongress November 30th, 2017 8:59pm

FBI Director CyclePath (R-VA) proposes a Constitutional Amendment

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/30/17 10:31 pm

Yea! This is a masterpiece, except for the egregiously long implementation delay in Section 10. This thing should take effect ASAP due to the mess both parties have spent us into.

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johonmilla Monroe, nc
11/30/17 3:42 pm

Nay, there’s enough economic research to show balanced budgets don’t work and make things worse. Plus, this bill mentions “roll call”, which isn’t possible on VC.

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Liberty 4,032,064
11/30/17 3:04 pm

Yea. I have concerns that Section 6 makes it open to abuse, but it’s very well written and thought out.

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CyclePath Vice Speaker
11/30/17 2:15 pm

A government that does not live within it's means will go down a bad path. We must pass this constitutional amendment. I ask all of you to vote yea to this.

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Galgation Daddy Milton
11/30/17 2:13 pm

Necessary amendment, yea!

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VirtualCongress Speaker NDAmerican
11/30/17 1:59 pm

Article —
Section 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific excess of outlays over receipts by a roll call vote.
Section 2. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed 18 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States for the calendar year ending before the beginning of such fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific amount in excess of such 18 percent by a roll call vote.

VirtualCongress Speaker NDAmerican
11/30/17 2:00 pm

Section 3. Prior to each fiscal year, the President shall transmit to Congress a proposed budget for the United States Government for that fiscal year in which—
(1) total outlays do not exceed total receipts; and
(2) total outlays do not exceed 18 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States for the calendar year ending before the beginning of such fiscal year.
Section 4. The limit on the debt of the United States shall not be increased, unless three-fifths of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide for such an increase by a roll call vote.

VirtualCongress Speaker NDAmerican
11/30/17 2:00 pm

Section 5. Congress may waive the provisions of sections 1, 2, 3, and 5 of this article for any fiscal year in which a declaration of war against a nation-state is in effect and in which a majority of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide for a specific excess by a roll call vote.

VirtualCongress Speaker NDAmerican
11/30/17 2:00 pm

Section 6. Congress may waive the provisions of sections 1, 2, 3, and 5 of this article in any fiscal year in which the United States is engaged in a military conflict that causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is so declared by three-fifths of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress by a roll call vote. Such suspension must identify and be limited to the specific excess of outlays for that fiscal year made necessary by the identified military conflict.
Section 7. No court of the United States or of any State shall order any increase in revenue to enforce this article.

VirtualCongress Speaker NDAmerican
11/30/17 2:00 pm

Section 8. Total receipts shall include all receipts of the United States Government except those derived from borrowing. Total outlays shall include all outlays of the United States Government except those for repayment of debt principal.
Section 9. Congress shall have power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation, which may rely on estimates of outlays, receipts, and gross domestic product.
Section 10. This article shall take effect beginning with the fifth fiscal year beginning after its ratification.