H. Con. Res. 376 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION:  REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 6 -4 on Wednesday May 17, 2006.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 226-193 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 224-193, on Wednesday May 17, 2006.

MANAGERS: GINGREY/MATSUI
109th Congress
2nd Session
H.RES. 817
[Report No. 109-468]

H. Con. Res. 376 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2007

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides for further consideration of the concurrent resolution.

3. Provides that the amendments printed in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution shall be considered as adopted.

4. Provides that the concurrent resolution, as amended, shall be considered as read.

5. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

6. Provides that the amendments printed in part B of the report accompanying the resolution may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to amendment.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report, except that the adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute shall constitute the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for amendment.

8. Provides that upon the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for amendment there shall be a final period of general debate, not to exceed 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget.

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

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

11. Provides that after adoption of H. Con. Res. 376, it shall be in order to consider in the House S. Con. Res. 83, to move to strike all after the resolving clause of S. Con. Res. 83, and to insert the provisions of H. Con. Res. 376 as adopted by the House.

12. Waives all points of order against consideration of S. Con. Res. 83 and against the motion to strike and insert.

13. Provides that if the motion is adopted and the Senate concurrent resolution, as amended, is adopted, then it shall be in order to move that the House insist on its amendment to the Senate concurrent resolution and request a conference with the Senate thereon.

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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 further consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 376) establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2007 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2008 through 2011. The amendments printed in part A of 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. No further amendment shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. Each amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to amendment. All points of order against the amendments printed in the report are waived except that the adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute shall constitute the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for amendment. After the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for amendment and a final period of general debate, which shall not exceed 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget, the Committee shall rise and report the concurrent resolution, as amended, to the House with such further amendment as may have been adopted. 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.

Sec. 2. After adoption of House Concurrent Resolution 376, it shall be in order to take from the Speaker's table Senate Concurrent Resolution 83 and to consider the Senate concurrent resolution in the House. All points of order against consideration of the Senate concurrent resolution are waived. It shall be in order to move to strike all after the resolving clause of the Senate concurrent resolution and to insert in lieu thereof the provisions of House Concurrent Resolution 376 as adopted by the House. All points of order against that motion are waived. If the motion is adopted and the Senate concurrent resolution, as amended, is adopted, then it shall be in order to move that the House insist on its amendment to the Senate concurrent resolution and request a conference with the Senate thereon.

 

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PART A - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Nussle #23

Amount of Emergency Reserve Fund. The amendment provides for a discretionary emergency reserve of $6.45 billion for natural disasters, taking into account enactment of the pending supplemental. This amount is based on a realistic average of emergency designated spending in prior years (excluding highs and lows).  The amount is an increase from the $4.3 billion estimate in the committee reported resolution, which was based on 10 accounts most commonly associated with emergency spending (e.g. wildland firefighting, FEMA disaster relief, SBA disaster loans, ACOE Flood Control).  The adjustment accommodates additional emergency effects in other accounts – such as international relief efforts, Federal Highway Administration emergency relief, and refugee assistance.  The Appropriations Committee will continue to designate spending for nondefense emergencies, up to the amount in the reserve fund, for spending identified as unanticipated in the regular budget cycle, and in response to an immediate threat to life or property. Emergency appropriations above the reserve would be subject to a Budget Committee vote to raise the applicable limits.  As in prior years, the policy defines a nondefense emergency (essentially an unanticipated event posing an immediate threat to life or property).  The procedures for increasing the budget to accommodate spending in excess of the reserve are the same as in the committee-reported budget resolution, and do not contain any new points of order.  Authorizing committees will continue to operate under essentially procedures, receiving adjustments for emergencies. 

Reserve Fund for Domestic Priorities. The amendment provides a deficit-neutral reserve fund of $3.1 billion for Labor-HHS, education, and other domestic priorities,should savings be achieved elsewhere. 

    Avian Flu. There will be no separate reserve in fiscal year 2007 for avian flu, because the funding will be provided in fiscal year 2006.

    Reconciliation Deadline. The deadline for submission of reconciliation legislation is rescheduled to 9 June 2006.

    Budget Levels. The amendment also adjusts certain budget levels to be consistent with the changes above.

Castle #25
Reiterates that the budget resolution sets total discretionary spending at $872.778 billion and that additional funding for Labor HHS Education Appropriations can be offset with mandatory or discretionary savings. It also recognizes the need to increase the President’s FY 2007 Labor HHS Education Appropriation request by not less than $7.158 billion.

Weldon(PA)/ Gerlach/ Platts/LoBiondo/Castle/Leach/Johnson (CT)/Kelly/Smith(NJ)/Dent #24
States that any offsets to provide for the increases relative to the President’s FY 2007 Labor HHS Education Appropriation request should include a rescission of at least $1 billion from available, unobligated funds previously appropriated for reconstruction activities in Iraq.

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

1.) Nussle #23

2.) Castle #25

3.) Weldon(PA)/ Gerlach/ Platts/LoBiondo/Castle/Leach/Johnson (CT)/Kelly/Smith(NJ)/Dent #24

 

PART B - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE TO BE MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1.) Watt (NC)/ Scott (VA) #15:
(REVISED) Balances the budget in FY 2011, and assumes a savings of almost $25 billion on interest on the national debt. Funds essential social services – especially education, health care and reconstruction of the Gulf Coast – and national security needs – particularly providing support for the troops in Iraq, increasing the Army’s active duty personnel, maintaining current National Guard Strength and funding Navy Shipbuilding, as well as funding port security and Veterans programs and benefits. Establishes a Pay- As-You-Go point of order in the House against consideration of any direct spending or revenue legislation that would increase the on-budget deficit or cause an on-budget deficit for the budget year or the period of the budget year and the next four fiscal years. (40 minutes)

2.) Hensarling #6
Balances the federal budget by FY 2011, without increasing taxes. Extends the President’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and provide AMT relief. Eliminates roughly 150 federal programs, realizes a $392 billion net deficit reduction over five years, while increasing defense and veterans’ spending and making no changes to Social Security. Calls for $358 billion in reconciliation savings over five years, achieved in part by block granting Medicaid, SCHIP, and most federal education and job training programs, and capping the growth of Medicare at 5.4% annually. Significantly restructures the Departments of Commerce, Energy, and Education, reduces foreign aid by $31 billion over five years, allows drilling in ANWR, repeals Davis-Bacon, and eliminates highway (SAFTEA-LU) earmarks. Repeals the Gephardt rule, includes reforms to emergency spending, and creates Budget Protection Accounts to divert spending to deficit reduction and further tax relief. (40 minutes)

3.) Spratt #12
Establishes a 10 year budget through fiscal year 2016. Balances the budget by 2012. Contains smaller deficits than the House Republican budget for 2007 and over five years. Accumulates less debt over five years than House Republican budget. Rejects cuts to important domestic priorities, such as education, health, veterans, and the environment. Provides more funding than the Republican budget for homeland security functions, including port security. Contains no reconciliation instructions. Provides middle-class tax relief. Provides for budget enforcement rules to restore fiscal discipline. (40 minutes)

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

1.)Watt (NC)/ Scott (VA) #15

2.) Hensarling #6

3.)Spratt #12