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For a .pdf copy of the Balanced Budget Amendment go to: Balanced  Budget Amendment.     

For a .pdf copy of the Delegate Resolution for the BBA go to:  BBA Delegate Resolution.     

for a .pdf copy of the Application on Congress go to:  Application on Congress         

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THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF _________________

Joint Resolution No. ____________

Title: DELEGATE RESOLUTION

Instructions to Delegates at the “Balanced Budget Amendment Convention” which was Called

by the State of _________________’s Legislature in Joint Resolution No. ______________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Whereas, Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States guarantees to every State a Republican form of government that gives each State equal standing when calling for a Federal Amendment Convention. Article V of the Constitution of the United States reserves to the State Legislatures the right to Call for a Federal Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution when Congress, the Courts, and/or the Executive Branch refuse to address an egregious wrong suffered by the people; and

 

Whereas, The State Legislatures alone have the authority to “limit” the agenda and authority of Delegates and/or Alternates (hereafter referred to as “Delegates”) they send to a convened Federal Convention. This authority does not reside in the United States Congress, nor in the Federal or State Courts nor in the Executive Branch.  This authority resides solely in State Legislatures. 

 

WHEREAS, The authority of Congress, under Article V of the United States Constitution, requires it to convene a Convention as Called for and defined by the State Legislatures of the Several States; and

 

WHEREAS, The “Delegates” sent by the _________________ State Legislature to the Balanced  Budget Amendment Convention (hereafter referred to as “Convention”) are Ambassadors of the State of _________________ and required to fulfill the Commission assigned to them by the Legislature of _________________. They are not free agents.  They are empowered only to complete the terms and conditions defined in this Delegate Resolution (hereafter referred to as “Resolution”). 

 

WHEREAS, _________________’s State Legislature hereby defines the duties and limits the authority of its Delegates at the Convention in this Resolution;

 

Resolved by the Legislature of _________________;

 

The State of _________________ hereby authorizes that Delegates be summoned and appointed to participate at the convened Convention according to the terms and conditions set forth in this Resolution

 

The number and qualifications of Delegates (or Alternates if authorized) to be sent to the convened Convention will be decided by the State Legislature after the United States Congress summons Delegates from the State of _________________ to the convened Convention.   

1.       The Legislature of the State of _________________ can add to, replace or remove any Delegate or Alternate if in its sole discretion such action is necessary. 

2.       Alternates will have no official role at the Convention and can attend the Convention only if the State Delegations at the Convention vote to allow their attendance and/or the _________________ State Legislature appoints an Alternate to take the place of a Delegate at the Convention

3.       The State of _________________ reserves to itself the right to alter and change this Resolution if in its sole discretion such action is necessary.  Delegates will be bound by any such alteration or change to this Resolution

The Legislature of the State of _________________ hereby instructs and authorizes its Delegates at the Convention to vote to send the Balanced Budget Amendment, as herein written in Section E, back to the States for ratification via the United States Congress.   _________________’s Delegates are prohibited to vote for any alternate Amendment or modified version of the Balanced  Budget Amendment that might be introduced at the Convention and they are hereby instructed to do all in their power at the Convention to secure a vote that approves sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment  back to the States for ratification.   

 

The Legislature of the State of _________________ will not vote to ratify any alternate Amendment or modified version of the Balanced  Budget Amendment that may be sent to it for ratification via Congress by the Convention.   Only the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, will be considered by the _________________ State Legislature for ratification. 

 

The Legislature of the State of _________________ upon the enactment of this Resolution, will select and appoint three members to the Delegate Credential Committee (hereafter  referred to as Committee). The Committee will have the responsibility and requisite authority to perform each of its assigned duties (charges) described in SECTION A.  

1.       Committee members can be added to, replaced or removed if in the sole discretion of the State Legislature such action is necessary. 

2.       Each member of the Committee is required to take the following oath and sign a Pledge Document confirming that the oath has been taken and agreed to.  The following oath shall be administered by Leadership in the House and/or Senate:

“I pledge to follow the instructions and charges in this Resolution and any other directives given to me by the State of _________________’s Legislature from the date I am appointed to the Committee and during the full term of the Convention to the best of my abilities so help me God.”

 

SECTION A.  DUTIES OF THE “DELEGATE CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE”

 

Committee members shall follow the directives in this Resolution and any supplemental instructions from the State Legislature.

 

The Committee will have the requisite authority to remove or replace any Delegate or Alternate if, in its sole discretion, such action is necessary. 

 

The “Committee” is charged with the following duties:

1.       Decide all matters among Committee members with a simple majority vote.

2.       Function as the official facilitator for the State Legislature as required in this Resolution.  

3.       Appoint Delegates to the Convention who the _________________ State Legislature has summoned and authorized.

4.       Appoint one likeminded Delegate to serve as the Chairman of _________________’s State Delegation and to be the Spokesman for the State Delegation at the Convention.

5.       Appoint one Delegate to serve as the Assistant Chairman of _________________’s State Delegation and to be the Spokesman in the absence of the Chairman.

6.       Issue to each certified Delegate and/or Alternate (including the Chairman and Assistant Chairman) a Certification Certificate after they have satisfactorily:

a.       Met the requisite qualifications established by the State Legislature,

b.       Taken the applicable oath in Item 9. of Section A., and

c.        Confirmed their oath by signing a separate Pledge Document

7.       Issue to each Certified Delegate and/or Alternate (including the Chairman and Assistant Chairman) a “Convention Pass” that will authorize their admission and participation at the Convention.

8.       Notify the _________________ State Legislature of the financial or other needs the _________________ State Delegation has at the Convention.

9.       Administer the following oaths to the applicable candidate before issuing Certifications: 

DELEGATES

 

“I pledge to follow the instructions in this Delegate Resolution and any other directive given to me by the Delegate Credential Committee or the State of _________________’s Legislature, whether such directive is given to me directly or indirectly, from the time I am certified by the Committee to be a Delegate and during the full term of the Balanced  Budget Amendment Convention, to the best of my abilities so help me God.”

 

ALTERNATES

 

“I pledge to follow the instructions in this Delegate Resolution and any other directive given to me by the Delegate Credential Committee or the State of _________________’s Legislature, whether such directive given to me directly or indirectly, from the time I am certified by the Committee to be an Alternate and during the full term of the Balanced  Budget Amendment Convention to the best of my abilities so help me God.”

 

CHAIRMAN OF _________________’S STATE DELEGATION

 

“I pledge to follow the instructions in this Delegate Resolution and any other directive given to me by the Delegate Credential Committee or the State of _________________’s Legislature, from the time I am certified by the Committee to be the Chairman of _________________’s State Delegation and during the full term of the Balanced  Budget Amendment Convention, to the best of my abilities so help me God.”

 

ASSISTANT CHAIRMAN OF _________________’S STATE DELEGATION

 

“I pledge to follow the instructions in this Delegate Resolution and any other directive given to me by the Delegate Credential Committee or the State of _________________’s Legislature, whether given to me directly or indirectly, from the time I am certified by the Committee to be the Assistant Chairman of _________________’s State Delegation and during the full term of the Balanced  Budget Amendment Convention, to the best of my abilities so help me God.”  

10.    Monitor the activities of _________________’s State Delegation.

11.    Keep close communications with the Chairman and Assistant Chairman and provide needed assistance when requested.

a.       When possible inform the Chairman and Assistant Chairman which States at the Convention have enacted a Resolution similar to this one for their Delegates

b.       Report to the State Legislature periodically which States at the Convention have enacted a Resolution similar to this one for their Delegates

12.    Monitor the activities, deliberations and all votes by the States at the Convention.

13.    Make periodic reports and provide in depth analysis to the _________________ State Legislature regarding the events at the Convention.

a.       Include reports and recommendations on upcoming votes at the Convention.

b.       Include an analysis of the prospects for the pre-drafted Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, being approved by the Convention and sent to the States for ratification.

c.        Include problems and successes that have or are likely to occur before a vote by the Convention is taken to send the Balanced  Budget Amendment to the States for ratification.

d.       Make appropriate recommendations to the _________________ State Legislature on what further action is needed by the Delegates and/or the State Legislature to assure a favorable vote by the Convention for the Balanced  Budget Amendment.

14.    The Committee shall have the authority to determine if a Delegate or Alternate violated the provisions of this Resolution and to decide if the Delegate’s “Credentials” should be invalidated.  The Committee’s decision will be final and there will be no appeal.  

a.       A Delegate who has had his “Credentials” invalidated shall immediately forfeit all right to represent the State of _________________ at the Convention and immediately be dismissed as a Delegate in _________________’s State Delegation.  His/her Certification as a Delegate and Convention Pass will be cancelled.  He/she will have no further authorization to participate at any events at the Convention

SECTION B.  DUTIES OF THE CHAIRMAN OF _________________’S STATE DELEGATION

 

The Chairman of _________________s State Delegation will be required to follow the directives in this Resolution and others that may be issued, from time to time, by the “Committee” or by the State Legislature.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF _________________’S CHAIRMAN

 

The Chairman is charged with completing the following:

1.       Join with other State Delegations to open the Convention for business.

2.       Make certain that there is always at least one Delegate from _________________’s State Delegation at every business meeting and roll call at the Convention

a.       If the Delegate is not the assigned Spokesman, then authorize the Delegate to cast ballots in the Spokesman’s absence according to the terms and provisions of this Resolution

b.       The _________________’s State Delegation must always have at least one likeminded Delegate during all business meetings and roll calls at the Convention

3.       Distribute to all Delegates from _________________ a pocket size copy of the United States Constitution. 

4.       Instruct Delegates of the mandate in Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution that guarantees to each State a Republican form of government which gives each State equal standing when Calling for a Convention and when voting at and organizing a Convention.    

5.       Work closely with Chairman from other State Delegations to find mutual agreement on the objectives in this Resolution

6.       Assign to _________________’s  Delegates the following duties: 

a.       Divide the number of Delegates in the of 50 State Delegations at the Convention by the number of _________________’s Delegates.  Assign to each of _________________’s Delegates a proportionate number of Delegates from other State Delegations for the purpose of gaining consensus and agreement among the State Delegations that the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, should be sent to the States for ratification. 

7.       Build a consensus between at least 26 State Delegations at the “Convention” to:

a.       Require a simple majority vote at all roll calls to decide any and all matters brought before the Convention, including the question of whether the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, should be sent to the States for ratification.

b.       Require that each State Delegation at the Convention has only one vote regardless of the number of Delegates in a State Delegation or the population of a State (Article IV, 4 U.S. Constitution).  

c.        Nominate and install Convention Officials who -

1.       Come from a State that has passed this Resolution for their Delegates, and

2.       Who agree with sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, to the States for ratification. 

d.       Require a quorum of 26 State Delegations before business can be conducted and before a vote can be taken to decide any and all matters that may be presented at the Convention

e.        Build a consensus of at least 26 State Delegations to work together for the mutual goal of sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, back to the State for ratification.

f.        Build a consensus of at least 26 State Delegations that agree that the deliberations at the Convention are to be terminated by the end of 180 days from the date it is convened, unless the Convention votes to extend the termination date by 180 days.  No other extensions are to be allowed.

8.       The United States Constitution in Article IV, Section 4 guarantees to each State a Republican form of government which gives each State equal standing when Calling for an Amendment Convention and when voting for proposed Amendments at a Convention, regardless of the State’s population or number of Delegates sent to a Convention.  

9.       Further duties of  _________________ ‘s Chairman:

a.       Work with at least 26 other States to require that the Convention be organized in such a way that each State has one vote on all matters brought to the Convention floor for a vote. 

b.       Cast _________________’s vote to require “One” vote per State Delegation.

c.        Nominate a candidate to be President of the Convention who comes from _________________‘s Delegation (if possible). 

d.       If necessary call for a vote for a candidate to be President who is likeminded and comes from a State that has enacted this Resolution, whether or not you nominated the candidate to be President. 

e.        Do all in your power to avoid the nomination of a President who does not come from a State that did not pass this Resolution

                                                               i.      If the State Delegations choose a President who does not come from a State that did not pass this Resolution, then continue in your deliberations at the Convention with the determination to honor the instructions in this Resolution

f.        Assuming the elected President comes from the State of  _________________ or from a State that has passed this Resolution, his/her duties shall be:

                                                               i.      Securing a vote from the State Delegations requiring that this Resolution be the “Rules of Order” at the Convention  

·         (“Robert’s Rules of Order” can be adopted to carry on deliberations at the Convention if they do not conflict with this Resolution).

                                                              ii.      Following the terms, directives and requirements in this Resolution.

                                                            iii.      Staying focused on the purpose the _________________State Legislature had when authorizing a Call on Congress to convene the Balanced  Budget Amendment Convention which is to decide if the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as here in written in Section E, should be sent to the States for ratification. 

                                                            iv.      Providing Security measures as may be needed at the “Convention”.

                                                             v.      Prohibiting weapons or objects that can be construed as weapons from entering the Convention.

                                                            vi.      Officiating the nomination and installation of all Officers at the “Convention”.

                                                          vii.      Establishing the agenda at the “Convention” as defined in this “Resolution”.

                                                         viii.      Providing equal time for all States whether for or against sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment to the States for ratification.  

                                                            ix.      Prohibiting the introduction at the “Convention” of any subject matter or issue other than matters relating to the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, and if it should be sent to the States for ratification.

                                                             x.      Expediting deliberations by the State Delegations and preventing unnecessary delays.

                                                            xi.      As quickly as possible, allow a roll call for the State Delegations to decide if the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, should be sent to the States via Congress for ratification. 

                                                          xii.      Authorizing appropriate roll calls at the “Convention”.

                                                         xiii.      Denying all efforts to introduce other Amendments to the Convention, including any modification(s) or alteration(s), of any kind, to the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written.

                                                        xiv.      Settling disputes.

                                                          xv.      Terminating the Convention Credentials of any Delegate, including Convention Officials, for violating the terms of this Resolution or for causing Security problems at the Convention

                                                        xvi.      Establishing procedures for installing and recognizing Alternates who are to become Delegates. 

                                                       xvii.      Closing the deliberations at the “Convention” after the final votes are taken that will decide if the Balanced  Budget Amendment should be sent to the States for ratification and by which mode of ratification the Convention is proposing to Congress.  

                                                     xviii.      Reporting to the United States Congress, the 50 State Legislatures and the media the decision of the Convention regarding sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment to the States for ratification and the Convention’s recommendation to Congress as to which mode of ratification should be followed. 

                                                        xix.      Making formal requests to the State Legislatures, through representatives in the 50 State Delegations, for monies that will be needed to carry on the business of the “Convention”

                                                          xx.      Requiring that the “Convention” be closed to all media and news groups.  Only delegates appointed by their State Legislatures, security screened suppliers, security staff, custodial staff and personnel who are needed for carrying out the business of the “Convention” are to be given security passes and permitted into the “Convention”.   

                                                        xxi.      If a candidate for President of the Convention wins the Presidency and he does not come from a State that has enacted this Resolution, then it is the Duty of the Chairman and the Delegates in the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . State Delegation to use every means at their disposal to influence a favorable vote by the Convention to send the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, to the States for ratification. 

·         The Chairman and _________________’s State Delegation, in such a case, are still required to follow the directives in this Resolution to the best of  their abilities.

                                                       xxii.      Follow the procedures above (Section 8. through 8.e,i)  for electing a Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer or other officer as the Convention deems necessary.  The President shall be responsible to define the duties for each office in accordance to the requirements of this Resolution.  

                                                     xxiii.      If the Chairman of the _________________ State Delegation has not succeeded in securing a favorable vote to require a quorum of 26 States in order to conduct business, then introduce this quorum requirement to the Convention floor for a vote.   Call for a vote on the Convention floor that would require any and all matters brought before the “Convention” to be decided with a majority vote with each State Delegation having one vote.  Follow the applicable procedures in “Section B. Duties and Responsibilities of the _________________’s Chairman”. 

·         Cast _________________’s vote to require a quorum of 26 States.  

                                                     xxiv.      Call for a vote requiring each State Delegation to appoint one Delegate to be their Spokesman. 

·         Cast _________________’s vote to require each State Delegation to appoint one Delegate to be their Spokesman.

                                                      xxv.      Call for a vote, at the appropriate time, to decide if the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, should be sent to the States for ratification via Congress. 

·         Cast _________________’s vote requiring that the Balanced  Budget Amendment be sent to the States for ratification.  

                                                     xxvi.      Assuming the Convention votes to send the Balanced  Budget Amendment to the States for ratification, call for another vote to decide which method of ratification the Convention  recommends to Congress, whether by State Legislatures or State Conventions.   

·         Cast _________________’s vote to recommend to Congress that the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, be ratified by State Legislatures and not State Conventions. 

                                                   xxvii.      Oppose any efforts by State Delegations to modify, alter or change in any way the wording, punctuation, sections and spelling of the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written.

                                                  xxviii.      Oppose any efforts by State Delegations to offer any other Amendment to the Constitution at the Convention other than the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written.

                                                     xxix.      Organize _________________’s Delegates at the Convention and assign to each specific duties with instructions for carrying out the objectives and purposes in this “Resolution" and directives that may, from time to time, come from the “Committee” or State Legislature: 

                                                      xxx.      Assign to Delegates from _________________ the following responsibilities:

·         Work with and gain consensus from other State Delegations for the purpose of securing their agreement that the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, should be sent to the States for ratification. 

·         Report to the Chairman the number of other States that plan to vote in favor of the Balanced  Budget Amendment.

·         Report to the Chairman any problems or opportunities that may have or might develop relating to the directives in this “Resolution”.

                                                     xxxi.      Be amenable to both the “Committee” and _________________ State Legislature. 

10.    The Chairman is bound to vote at the Convention as directed in this Resolution.

11.    Conduct frequent meetings with _________________’s State Delegates to review, analyze and report on the work being accomplished at the Convention.  

a.       Establish plans to correct problems and to advance the objective which is to secure a favorable vote by the Convention to send the Balanced  Budget Amendment to the States for ratification.

12.    Make regular reports to the Committee regarding all activities at the Convention.

13.    Notify the Committee of financial or other needs the _________________ State Delegation has at the Convention.

SECTION C.  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF “DELEGATES”

 

The Delegates of _________________’s State Delegation will be required to follow the directives in this “Resolution” and others that may be issued, from time to time, by the “Committee” or by the State Legislature.

 

Each Delegate is charged with the following:

1.       Be amenable to and follow the instructions of the Chairman and Assistant Chairman of _________________’s State Delegation.

2.       Be amenable to the President of the Convention.

3.       Work to advance all the requirements and directives in this Resolution

4.       Be subject to dismissal from the _________________ State Delegation for violation of this Resolution

5.       The Delegate is bound by this Resolution to vote at all _________________ State Delegation roll calls consistent with directives given to the Chairman in Section B., which includes sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, to the States for ratification via Congress. 

6.       Attend all assigned business sessions at the Convention.

7.       Help the Chairman to successfully complete each of the objectives in Section B.

8.       Attend all meetings scheduled by the Chairman:  

a.       Report to the Chairman the results of your work among other State Delegates. 

a.       Assess and report to the Chairman the number of States that plan to vote in favor of the Balanced  Budget Amendment.

b.       Assess and report to the Chairman any problems or opportunities that may have or might develop relating to the purposes of this “Resolution”.

c.        Recommend to the Chairman other strategies that may help _________________  join with at least 26 other States to vote for the Balanced  Budget Amendment at the “Convention”.

SECTION D.  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF “ALTERNATES”

 

The Alternates of _________________’s State Delegation will be required to follow the directives in this “Resolution” and others that may be issued, from time to time, by the Committee or by the State Legislature. 

 

Each Alternate is charged with:  

1.       Being ready to become a Delegate if directed to do so by the “Committee” or State Legislature.

2.       Fulfill the duties in Section C. when appointed as a Delegate.

3.       When appointed to be a Delegate, work to advance all the requirements and directives in this “Resolution”

4.       Be subject to dismissal from the _________________ State Delegation for violation of this “Resolution”

5.       When appointed to be a Delegate, the Delegate is bound by this “Resolution” to vote at roll calls consistent with directives given to the Chairman in Section B., which includes sending the Balanced  Budget Amendment, as herein written, to the States for ratification via Congress. 

6.       Follow the instructions given to you by the Chairman or Assistant Chairman of _________________’s State Delegation, the Committee or State Legislature.

7.       When appointed to be a Delegate, attend all assigned business sessions at the Convention.

8.       When appointed to be a Delegate, help the Chairman to successfully complete each of the objectives in Section B.

9.       When appointed to be a Delegate, attend all meetings scheduled by the Chairman: 

a.       Report results of your work among other State Delegates. 

d.       Assess and report to the Chairman the number of States that plan to vote in favor of the Balanced  Budget Amendment.

e.        Assess and report to the Chairman any problems or opportunities that may have or might develop relating to the purposes of this Resolution.

f.        Recommend to the Chairman other strategies that may help _________________ join with at least 26 other States to vote for the Balanced  Budget Amendment at the “Convention”.

SECTION E. TEXT FOR THE Balanced  BUDGET AMENDMENT

 

The exact text for the Balanced  Budget Amendment (including the wording, paragraphs, Section headings, spelling and punctuations) that is to be sent to the State Legislatures, via Congress, for ratification shall read as follows:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Text of proposed

Balanced  BUDGET AMENDMENT
ARTICLE 28 (or alternate number to be assigned by Congress)

Section 1. It is the right of citizens to enjoy a fiscally sound and debt free federal government which is foundational to a free people and must not be violated by the State.

Section 2. It is hereby mandated that the United States Congress will conduct the fiscal affairs of the United States Government according to the requirements of this Article.

Section 3. A Balanced  Budget consists of accurately assigning the sum of all federal receipts (which includes all tax revenues and all other sources of government income) to pay for all Federal expenditures within the current year and with the mandate not to allow expenditures to exceed revenue and income. The following exceptions apply:
 

1.       In time of war or national emergency the United States Congress can authorize expenditures to exceed income and revenue as is required to protect the interests and security of the United States and its citizens. However, the United States Congress is required to amortize the repayment of any debt incurred over a maximum of ten years from the end of the war or national emergency. The United States Congress is prohibited from extending the repayment of the debt beyond ten years which includes the repayment of monies borrowed and any interest and other costs that may have accrued in order to service said debt. Congress can repay the debt, in full, in less than ten years, but must pay no less than 1/10th of the original amount owed by the Government, including interest and other costs, in each remaining year of the ten year term, unless the balance is less than 1/10th of the original amount.

2.       The United States Congress is authorized to allow expenditures to exceed revenues and income when in the collective wisdom of two thirds of the members of both Houses of the United States Congress it is necessary to do so. However, the United States Congress is required to amortize the repayment of any debt incurred over a maximum of five years from the date said debt was authorized by Congress. The United States Congress is prohibited from extending the repayment of said debt beyond five years which includes the repayment of monies borrowed and any interest and other costs that may have accrued in order to service said debt. Congress can repay the debt, in full, in less than five years, but must pay no less than 1/5th of the original amount owed by the Government, including interest and other costs, in each remaining year of the five year term, unless the balance is less than 1/5th of the original amount.


Section 4. The United States Congress is prohibited from taking any debt that may remain from previous year deficits and include it as part of a new deficit expenditure in current or future years. The repayment of any previous years debt, as defined in Section 3 and Section 6., is a Federal expenditure to be repaid as part of a Balanced  budget in a current year and/or future year(s) as mandated in this Article.

Section 5. It is further prohibited for the United States Congress to extend the repayment of any and all debt incurred beyond the time lines required in this Article.

Section 6. All current debt owed by the United State Government at the time this Article is ratified, including accrued interest and other costs to service said debt, must be repaid by the United States Congress within 20 years from the date this Article is ratified by the several States. Congress can repay the current debt, in full, in less than twenty years, but must pay no less than 1/20th of the original amount owed by the Government, including interest and other costs, in each remaining year of the 20 year term, unless the balance is less than 1/20th of the original amount.

Section 7. To secure the rights of citizens to enjoy a fiscally sound and debt free federal government, which is foundational to a free people, it is hereby prohibited for the ited States Congress to allow federal expenditures to exceed federal revenue and income, in any given year, as mandated by the requirements and allowances of this Article.

Section 8.  Any elected or non-elected government official, or any non-government individual or organization, who intentionally obstructs or prevents the implementation of any provision in this Article shall have committed a criminal offense and shall be subject to impeachment (when applicable) and criminal prosecution and upon conviction serve up to five years in prison.

 

Section 9.  Individual States shall have authority to prosecute violators of this Article under State laws in the absence of Federal prosecution after 90 days from the date of the alleged violation.  Multiple prosecutions, by multiple States, for the same alleged crime are prohibited. 


Section 10. This Article shall be immediately enforceable upon the United States Congress when ratified by the State Legislatures of three quarters of the several States.

 

  __________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Resolved, That the Clerk forward a copy of this signed Agreement to the Leadership in the State Legislatures of every State that has likewise approved a similar Resolution for their Delegates. 

 

This “Resolution” is hereby entered into and approved by the Legislature of the State of _________________ on this date:

 

Month: ____________________    Day: _____ ,  Year: __________ . 

  

Authorized Signatures with Titles:                                                                    Seal of the State of _________________

Name: _________________________________Title:____________

Name: _________________________________Title:____________

Name: _________________________________Title:____________

Name: _________________________________Title:____________

 


 

For a .pdf copy of the Balanced Budget Amendment go to: Balanced  Budget Amendment.     

For a .pdf copy of the Delegate Resolution for the BBA go to:  BBA Delegate Resolution.     

for a .pdf copy of the Application on Congress go to:  Application on Congress         

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