H. Con. Res. 353 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 (H. Rept. 107-380 filed on the Calendar Day of Wednesday, March 20, 2002, Legislative Day of Tuesday, March 19, 2002).
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED 222-206 on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, after AGREEING TO TABLE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 222-206, after AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 221-206. Finally, the House AGREED TO TABLE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF THE RULE 213-206.
MANAGERS: GOSS/SLAUGHTER
107th Congress
2nd Session

H. RES. 372
[Report No. 107-380]

H. Con. Res. 353 – Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2003

1. Closed rule.

2. Provides three hours of general debate, with two hours confined to the congressional budget equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget, and one hour on the subject of economic goals and policies equally divided and controlled by Representative Saxton of New Jersey and Representative Stark of California or their designees.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the concurrent resolution.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.

5. Permits the chairman of the Budget Committee to offer amendments in the House to achieve mathematical consistency.

6. Provides that the concurrent resolution shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question of its adoption.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 353) establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2003 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2007. The first reading of the concurrent resolution shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the concurrent resolution are waived. General debate shall not exceed three hours, with two hours of general debate confined to the congressional budget equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget, and one hour of general debate on the subject of economic goals and policies equally divided and controlled by Representative Saxton of New Jersey and Representative Stark of California or their designees. The amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. The concurrent resolution, as amended, shall be considered as read. After general debate the Committee shall rise and report the concurrent resolution, as amended, to the House. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the concurrent resolution and amendments thereto to final adoption without intervening motion except amendments offered by the chairman of the Committee on the Budget pursuant to section 305(a)(5) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to achieve mathematical consistency. The concurrent resolution shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question of its adoption.


SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

Nussle - Amendment in the nature of a substitute.
• Revises Function 400 (Transportation) levels to reflect an addition $596 million in new budget authority and $161 million in outlays, as requested in the administration’s FY 03 amended budget request.

    • Revises Function 800 (General Government) to reflect an additional $40 million for the Legislative Branch, which was requested by the administration in its fiscal year 2003 amended budget request.

    • Revises miscellaneous functions to reflect minor corrections in the administration’s amended fiscal year 2003 request with respect to the Departments of Defense and Treasury.

    • Adds Sense of Congress language on firefighting, which was inadvertently left out of an en bloc amendment during Committee consideration.

    • Makes a technical correction in language relating to the Medicare reserve fund.

    • Modifies levels in the reserve fund relating to accrual accounting to clarify that additional resources are available for the Committee on Armed Services (& Appropriations, as appropriate) to accommodate the enactment of legislation accounting for certain DoD-related health costs on an accrual basis.

    • Clarifies that reserve fund for War on Terrorism is for “operations by the Department of Defense to prosecute the War on Terrorism.”

• Adjusts function 350 (Agriculture) to accommodate scoring differences between CBO and OMB on the House-passed Farm bill, which is currently in conference. While the resolution assumed OMB’s scoring of the House-passed bill, CBO’s scoring is likely to be higher because of differences in estimating practices. It effectively holds the Committee on Agriculture harmless for differences between CBO and OMB estimates scoring of this bill.

    (summary of amendment provided by the amendment sponsor)