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H.Res. 5 (115th): Adopting rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.

About the resolution

House Resolution 5 passed earlier this month, setting the rules for how the House of Representatives would operate in the 115th Congress (2017–2018). Here are several notable rules which took effect, including ones controversially changing the accounting tactics for a likely Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) repeal, potentially drastically cutting the pay of federal workers and budgets of federal programs, and making it easier for the government to sell off federal land.

Changing the rules (or cheating the rules?) for repealing Obamacare

Whenever Congress tries to pass or repeal legislation, the move is “scored” by the Congressional Budget Office. The nonpartisan agency estimates whether — and by how much — deficits would increase over the subsequent 50 years as a result of the legislation. But the new House rules lift the …

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Kevin McCarthy

Sponsor. Representative for California's 23rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 36 pages
Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution) on Jan 3, 2017

This simple resolution was agreed to on January 3, 2017. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution.



Jan 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jan 3, 2017
Agreed To

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. A simple resolution is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

H.Res. 5 (115th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 5. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This simple resolution was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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