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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/2/hr3521.
According to Committee Report 112-364, the 111th Congress increased non-defense discretionary spending by nearly 25 percent, or by 84 percent when including appropriated funding contained in the “stimulus” bill. In addition, the president's budget request for Fiscal Year 2012 would have increased spending by $6.2 trillion over the House-passed budget resolution.
The 112th Congress has reduced discretionary appropriations spending by $95 billion below fiscal year 2010 levels. These reductions in spending mark the first time in modern history that Congress has cut discretionary spending two years in a row.
H.R. 3521 was introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the Committee on the Budget, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget. The bill would ensure that the president and Congress have additional tools to evaluate and cut Federal spending, which will help the government make better-informed decisions about national priorities. This bipartisan collaboration highlights the growing need and increasing public demand for reforms in Federal spending.
H.R. 3521 would establish an expedited procedure for consideration of presidential proposals to rescind certain spending provisions in newly enacted spending legislation. Under the expedited procedure, Congress would be required to consider proposals to rescind specific funding included in spending legislation if the rescission is proposed by the president within 45 days of the spending bill’s enactment. The authority of the president to propose rescission packages for expedited consideration established by H.R. 3521 would expire on December 15, 2015.
Congressional Consideration of Proposed Rescissions: H.R. 3521 would amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to authorize the president to propose the rescission of all or part of funding contained in a spending bill within 45 days of the bill’s enactment. For each piece of legislation that provides funding, the president would be authorized to request at most two packages of rescissions and the president would be prohibited from including the same rescission in both packages. In order to propose that Congress rescind funding, the president would be required to transmit a message to Congress specifying the following:
In addition, the president would be required to designate each separate rescission request by number and include proposed legislative text. The proposed text may not include any changes in existing law, other than the rescission of funding, or any supplemental appropriations, transfers, or reprogrammings.
Grants of and Limitations on Presidential Authority: H.R. 3521 would grant the president the authority to withhold funding proposed for rescission from obligation, subject to time limits, to ensure that those funds are available for cancellation upon enactment of an approval bill. Under the legislation, the president would be able to withhold funding until 1) the president determines that the continued withholding or reduction no longer advances the purpose of legislative consideration of the approval bill; 2) the 45th day following the date of enactment of the funding bill; or 3) the last day that the president determines the obligation of the funding in question can no longer be fully accomplished in a prudent manner before its expiration.
The bill would also mandate that any savings achieved through these procedures be used for reducing the deficit or increasing the surplus. This section also provides for necessary adjustments to levels in the concurrent resolution on the budget and statutory limits.
Procedures for Expedited Consideration: H.R. 3521 would create a special, expedited procedure for consideration of presidential proposals to rescind spending. Under the expedited procedure, the legislation to approve of the recessions would have to be introduced by the majority leader or a designee within five legislative days. Any committee to which the approval bill is referred would be required to report it, without amendment, within five legislative days. If the rescission approval bill is not reported by the committee within five days, it would be automatically discharged from committee.
H.R. 3521 would make it in order for a member to make a motion to proceed to consideration of the approval measure within five days of when it is reported or discharged out of committee. If a motion to proceed is agreed to, the House would be required to proceed to consideration of the approval bill without intervening motion, except two hours of debate.
In the Senate, each committee of referral would be required to report the bill without amendment within five session days. Again, if the committee fails to report the bill within that period the bill would be automatically discharged. Not later than five session days after the bill is reported or discharged, any Senator may move to proceed to consider the approval bill in the Senate.
Treatment of Rescissions: Under the legislation, rescissions proposed by the president would only take effect upon enactment of a rescission approval bill. If the approval bill isn’t enacted within 45 days from the enactment of the appropriations act, it is no longer eligible for expedited consideration.
According to CBO, “enacting H.R. 3521, by itself, would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Any impact on the budget would depend on the extent of the President’s use of the new cancellation procedure and on future Congressional actions.”
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