H.R. 1868: Legally Binding Budget Act of 2013

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of May 08, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1868

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2013

(for herself, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Rokita, and Mr. Young of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to establish joint resolutions on the budget, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Legally Binding Budget Act of 2013 .

2.

Definitions

Section 3 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following new paragraph:

(4)

The term joint resolution on the budget means—

(A)

a joint resolution setting forth the budget for the United States Government for a fiscal year as provided in section 301; and

(B)

any other joint resolution revising the budget for the United States Government for a fiscal year as described in section 304.

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3.

Revision of timetable

Section 300 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 631) is amended to read as follows:

300.

Timetable

The timetable with respect to the congressional budget process for any Congress (beginning with the One Hundred Fourteenth) is as follows:

On or before: Action to be completed:
First Monday in February President submits budget recommendations.
February 15 Congressional Budget Office submits report to Budget Committees.
Not later than 6 weeks after budget submission Committees submit views and estimates to Budget Committees.
April 1 Budget Committees report joint resolution on the budget.
April 15 Congress completes action on joint resolution on the budget.
May 15 Appropriation bills may be considered in the House of Representatives.
June 10 House Appropriations Committee reports last appropriation bill.
June 30 House completes action on appropriation bills.
October 1 Fiscal year begins.

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4.

Amendments to sections 301 and 303 and technical and conforming amendments

(a)

In general

Section 303 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended—

(1)

by striking (a) In General.—, by striking has been agreed to and inserting takes effect, and by striking subsections (b) and (c); and

(2)

by striking its section heading and inserting the following new section heading: Consideration of budget-related legislation before budget becomes law .

(b)

Technical amendment

Section 301(a)(5) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by inserting for display purposes only, before the public debt.

(c)

Conforming amendment

The item relating to section 303 in the table of contents set forth in section 1(b) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 303. Consideration of budget-related legislation before budget becomes law.

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5.

Permissible revisions of budget resolutions

Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended to read as follows:

304.

Permissible revisions of budget resolutions

At any time after the joint resolution on the budget for a fiscal year has been enacted pursuant to section 301, and before the end of such fiscal year, the two Houses and the President may enact a joint resolution on the budget which revises or reaffirms the joint resolution on the budget for such fiscal year most recently enacted, and for purposes of the enforcement of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the chairman of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate, as applicable, may adjust levels as needed for the enforcement of the budget resolution.

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6.

Limitation on the content of budget resolutions

Section 305 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(e)

Limitation on Contents

(1)

It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or in the Senate to consider any joint resolution on the budget or any amendment thereto or conference report thereon that contains any matter referred to in paragraph (2).

(2)

Any joint resolution on the budget or any amendment thereto or conference report thereon that contains any matter not permitted in section 301 (a) or (b) shall not be treated in the House of Representatives or the Senate as a budget resolution under subsection (a) or (b) or as a conference report on a budget resolution under subsection (c) of this section.

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7.

Deeming of budgetary aggregates, allocations, and reconciliation instructions in the House and Senate upon veto of joint resolution on the budget

(a)

In general

Title III of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by adding after section 315 the following new section:

316.

Automatic standing order upon veto of joint resolution on the budget

For purposes of congressional enforcement under title III and IV of this Act and the rules of the House and the Senate, the joint resolution shall be considered as enforceable upon enactment or 15 days following presentment to the President, whichever occurs earlier.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The table of contents set forth in section 1(b) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 315 the following new item:

Sec. 316. Automatic standing order upon veto of joint resolution on the budget.

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8.

Additional amendments to the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to effectuate joint resolutions on the budget

(a)

Additional amendments to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974

(1)
(A)

Sections 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 308, 310, 311, 312, 314, 405, and 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 ( 2 U.S.C. 621 et seq. ) are amended by striking concurrent each place it appears and inserting joint.

(B)
(i)

Sections 302(d), 302(g), 308(a)(1)(A), and 310(d)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 are amended by striking most recently agreed to concurrent resolution on the budget each place it occurs and inserting most recently enacted joint resolution on the budget.

(ii)

The section heading of section 301 of such Act is amended by striking annual adoption of concurrent resolution and inserting joint resolutions .

(C)

Sections 302, 303, 304, 310, and 311 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 are amended by striking agreed to each place it appears and by inserting enacted.

(2)

The table of contents set forth in section 1(b) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended—

(A)

in the item relating to section 301, by striking Annual adoption of concurrent resolution and inserting Joint resolutions; and

(B)

by striking concurrent and inserting joint in the item relating to section 305.

(b)

Conforming amendment

Any side heading within any section of title III of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended by striking Concurrent and inserting Joint and any center heading in any section of that title is amended by striking concurrent and inserting joint .

9.

Amendments to the Rules of the House of Representatives to effectuate joint budget resolutions

Clauses 1(d)(1), 4(a)(4), 4(b)(2), 4(f)(1)(A), and 4(f)(2) of rule X, clause 10 of rule XVIII, clause 10 of rule XX, and clauses 7 and 10 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives are amended by striking concurrent each place it appears and inserting joint.

10.

Conforming amendments to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985

Section 258C(b)(1) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 ( 2 U.S.C. 907d(b)(1) ) is amended by striking concurrent and inserting joint.