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H.R. 2185 (114th): Debt Limit Control and Accountability Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 30, 2015 (Introduced).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2185

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 30, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Palazzo, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Perry, Mr. Labrador, and Mr. Meadows) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from using extraordinary measures to prevent the Government from reaching the statutory debt limit, or using extraordinary measures once such limit has been reached, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Debt Limit Control and Accountability Act of 2015.

2.

Prohibition on use of extraordinary measures

(a)

In general

The Secretary of the Treasury may not use extraordinary measures—

(1)

to prevent the United States from reaching the statutory debt limit under section 3101 of title 31, United States Code; or

(2)

once such debt limit has been reached.

(b)

Extraordinary measures defined

For purposes of this section, the term extraordinary measures means—

(1)

suspending the investments of the Thrift Savings Plan G Fund;

(2)

suspending the investments of the Exchange Stabilization Fund;

(3)

suspending the issuance of new securities to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund;

(4)

redeeming early securities held by the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund;

(5)

suspending the issuance of new State and Local Government Series securities and savings bonds;

(6)

replacing Treasury securities subject to the debt limit with debt issued by the Federal Financing Bank; or

(7)

any other extraordinary actions taken by the Secretary to avoid defaulting on the obligations of the United States.

3.

Repeal of Presidential modification of the debt ceiling

Chapter 31 of title 31, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by repealing section 3101A; and

(2)

in the table of contents for such chapter, by striking the item relating to section 3101A.

4.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the statutory debt limit under section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, should not be suspended.