S.Res. 427 (112th): Preventing Duplicative and Overlapping Government Programs Resolution

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Apr 19, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 427

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 19, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Udall of Colorado) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration

RESOLUTION

To prevent the creation of duplicative and overlapping Federal programs.

1.

Short title

This resolution may be cited as the Preventing Duplicative and Overlapping Government Programs Resolution.

2.

Reported legislation

Paragraph 11 of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (c), by striking and (b) and inserting (b), and (c);

(2)

by redesignating subparagraph (c) and subparagraph (d); and

(3)

by inserting after subparagraph (b) the following:

(c)

The report accompanying each bill or joint resolution of a public character reported by any committee (including the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on the Budget) shall contain—

(1)

an analysis by the Congressional Research Service to determine if the bill or joint resolution creates any new Federal program, office, or initiative that would duplicate or overlap any existing Federal program, office, or initiative with similar mission, purpose, goals, or activities along with a listing of all of the overlapping or duplicative Federal program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives; and

(2)

an explanation provided by the committee as to why the creation of each new program, office, or initiative is necessary if a similar program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives already exist.

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3.

Consideration of legislation

Rule XVII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by inserting at the end thereof the following:

6. (a)

It shall not be in order in the Senate to proceed to any bill or joint resolution unless the committee of jurisdiction has prepared and posted on the committee website an overlapping and duplicative programs analysis and explanation for the bill or joint resolution as described in subparagraph (b) prior to proceeding.

(b)

The analysis and explanation required by this subparagraph shall contain—

(1)

an analysis by the Congressional Research Service to determine if the bill or joint resolution creates any new Federal program, office, or initiative that would duplicate or overlap any existing Federal program, office, or initiative with similar mission, purpose, goals, or activities along with a listing of all of the overlapping or duplicative Federal program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives; and

(2)

an explanation provided by the committee as to why the creation of each new program, office, or initiative is necessary if a similar program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives already exist.

(c)

This paragraph may be waived by joint agreement of the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the Senate upon their certification that such waiver is necessary as a result of—

(1)

a significant disruption to Senate facilities or to the availability of the Internet; or

(2)

an emergency as determined by the leaders.

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