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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Saturno, James V. & Lynch, Megan Suzanne 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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Saturno, James V. & Lynch, Megan Suzanne. A Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: Background and Congressional Options, report, July 20, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96696/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.