A Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: Background and Congressional Options

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One of the most persistent political issues facing Congress in recent decades is whether to require that the budget of the United States be in balance. Although a balanced federal budget has long been held as a political ideal, the accumulation of large deficits in recent years has heightened concern that some action to require a balance between revenues and expenditures may be necessary. This report provides an overview of the issues and options that have been raised during prior consideration of proposals for a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: July 20, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Saturno, James V.

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Lynch, Megan Suzanne

Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: July 20, 2011
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One of the most persistent political issues facing Congress in recent decades is whether to require that the budget of the United States be in balance. Although a balanced federal budget has long been held as a political ideal, the accumulation of large deficits in recent years has heightened concern that some action to require a balance between revenues and expenditures may be necessary. This report provides an overview of the issues and options that have been raised during prior consideration of proposals for a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

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47 pages.

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