New Constitutional Amendment #28

Balanced budget

Despite protestations to the contrary, Congress has been unable to control it's spending of taxpayer dollars. Several states have balanced budget amendments to their Constitutions and most have been successful in controlling their spending.

It is time for the federal government to spend only what it brings in and the best way to ensure this happens is to pass an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that mandates a balanced budget.

The following is a proposed draft of the amendment.

Amendment 28

Section 1.

The Congress of the United States shall propose, nor pass into law, a budget that exceeds the the gross amount of monies received for the entire previous fiscal year.

Section 2.

In case of declared war that has been voted on by both houses of the U.S. Congress, the budget limit may be exceeded for a period of one year.

Section 3.

In other instances, by an affirmative vote by 2/3's of each house of the U.S. Congress the budget limit may be exceeded for a period of one year. But in no instance may be exceeded form more than 2 consecutive years.

Section 4.

The Congress of the United States will make provisions in each budget to pay down the national debt by a minimum of 2% until the deficit is eliminated.

Do you think a balanced budget amendment is necessary?

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you for this hub. Our government is not working. It is not even trying. If it did work, maybe there would be some answers to our problems. But when it comes to money they spend a lot of it on themselves.

logic,commonsense 4 years ago Author

Michele, thanks for your comments! You are so right, they are not even trying to make improvements to the system. They spend way too much on staff and expenses. They are not any more special than anyone else and should get rid of the outlandish perks they give themselves.

Glad you could stop by!

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grinnin1 4 years ago from st louis,mo

I like the way you think and truly enjoy reading your work. You are exactly right! Keep it up! I'm glad our paths have crossed-

logic,commonsense 4 years ago Author

grinnin1, you are much too kind! I enjoy sharing and discussing ideas with kindred spirits! I too am glad our paths have crossed! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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