HCR 5012--
Session of 1997
House Concurrent Resolution No. 5012
By Representatives Freeborn, Palmer and Ballou and Adkins, Beggs, Bos- ton, Bradley, Compton, Dahl, Donovan, Edmonds, Faber, Farmer, Flower, Franklin, Geringer, Gilmore, Glasscock, Hayzlett, Horst, Huff, Humerickhouse, Hutchins, Jennison, Kejr,
Phill Kline, Land- wehr, Lloyd, P. Long, Mason, Mayans, Mays, McCreary, Mollenkamp, Morrison, Myers, Neufeld, O'Connor, O'Neal, Packer, J. Peterson, Pottorff, Powell, Powers, Presta, Pugh, Ray, Shallenburger, Shore, Shultz, Sloan, Swenson, Thimesch,
Toplikar, Vickrey, Vining, Wagle, Weber, Wilk and Wilson

16 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION to memorialize Congress to submit 17 the balanced budget amendment to the constitution of the United 18 States to the states for ratification. 19 20 WHEREAS, The annual federal budget has not been balanced since 21 1969, and the federal public debt is now more than $5 trillion or $20,000 22 for every man, woman and child in America; and 23 WHEREAS, Continued deficit spending demonstrates an unwilling- 24 ness or inability of both the federal executive and legislative branches to 25 spend no more than available revenues; and 26 WHEREAS, Fiscal irresponsibility at the federal level is lowering our 27 standard of living, destroying jobs and endangering economic opportunity 28 now and for the next generation; and 29 WHEREAS, The federal government's unlimited ability to borrow 30 raises questions about fundamental principles and responsibilities of gov- 31 ernment, with potentially profound consequences for the nation and its 32 People, making it an appropriate subject for limitation by the Constitution 33 of the United States; and 34 WHEREAS, The Constitution of the United States vests the ultimate 35 responsibility to approve or disapprove constitutional amendments with 36 the People, as represented by their elected State Legislatures; and op- 37 position by a small minority repeatedly has thwarted the will of the People 38 that a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution should be sub- 39 mitted to the States for ratification: Now, therefore, 40 Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas, 41 the Senate concurring therein: That the Congress of the United States 42 expeditiously pass, and propose to the Legislatures of the several States HCR 5012 2 1 2 -for ratification, an amendment to the Constitution of the United States 3 requiring in the absence of a national emergency that the total of all 4 federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not 5 exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year. 6 Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send 7 enrolled copies of this resolution to the President of the United States 8 Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, 9 each member of the Kansas congressional delegation, and the secretary 10 of state and the presiding officers of both houses of the legislatures of 11 each of the other states in the union.