H. Con. Res. 95 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget, Fiscal Year 2004

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, March 19, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE, on Thursday, March 20, 2003.
MANAGERS: HASTINGS (WA)/FROST
108th Congress
1st Session

H. Con. Res. 95 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget, Fiscal Year 2004

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides three hours of general debate with two hours equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget and one hour on economic goals and policies equally divided and controlled by Representative Saxton and Representative Stark.

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

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute specified in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.

5. Makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report which 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 one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to amendment.

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

7. Provides, upon the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for amendment, for 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.

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

9. 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. 95) establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2004 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2003 and 2005 through 2013. 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. After general debate the concurrent resolution shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The amendment in the nature of a substitute specified 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 one hour 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 a further 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 further 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.


PART A - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

Nussle - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Eliminates across-the-board savings that could be attributable to Medicare, which increases the BA and outlay totals for Medicare (Function 570) by $200 billion over 10 years, as well as the aggregate levels of BA and outlays. It also increases interest, debt, and the deficits relative to the Committee-reported bill. Reinstates a separate 10-year allocation for Medicare, which can accommodate a bill reported by either Ways and Means or Energy and Commerce. Reinstates a reserve fund for Medicare, which fences off $400 billion for Medicare modernization and prescription drug coverage. Gets to balance in 2012, with a surplus of $21 billion. Increases discretionary BA for veterans (Function 700) by $844 million in fiscal year 2004. Adds findings and purpose language to reconciliation instructions to emphasize the congressional intent that the savings are to come from eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. Retains tax cuts in reported bill, and continues to reconcile growth package. Retains mandatory initiatives for veterans, welfare reform (still $1 billion above President), the Civil Service Retirement System, Medicaid and the Family Opportunity Act. Compensates Postal Service for overpayments to pension system for Postal employees. Reconciles savings to 13 committees. Modifies across-the-board reduction to correct for error in agriculture baseline (this correction lowers the amount of savings required of most committees to achieve a 1-percent reduction from fiscal year 2003). Reduces outlay levels in transportation (Function 400) because the Committee-reported resolution overstates the increase in outlays necessary to reach CBO's baseline. Corrects contract authority levels in reserve fund for highways (Section 311), which were overstated in reported resolution.


PART B - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

1. Hill/Moore/Stenholm/Tanner - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Provides for spending at the levels contained in the President's budget as estimated by CBO. Includes reconciliation instructions for a tax package which would provide immediate tax relief for all taxpayers; incentives for business; immediate and permanent estate tax relief; and other items. Tax relief is offset by deferring a portion of additional tax cuts for upper income taxpayers if the budget remains in deficit because of the campaign in Iraq, the war on terrorism, or other factors. Directs the Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee to report reconciliation legislation providing a Medicare prescription drug benefit of $400 billion. Establishes discretionary spending limits, pay as you go rules, and other budget enforcement measures in the House of Representatives. Provides for an increase in the debt limit of $150 billion, which is projected to cover obligations through September 30, 2003, but prohibits any further increase in the debt limit of more than $100 billion until CBO certifies that the budget is on path to balance by 2009, except for any increase necessary to finance the costs of a war in Iraq. (60 minutes)

2. Toomey - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Achieves a balanced budget in 4 years and achieves balance excluding Social Security within 10 years. Provides $512 billion in tax relief over the next five years and $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years, all under reconciliation. Freezes total discretionary spending for one year and then permits growth at half of the approximate rate of inflation for two years and then at the rate of inflation for future years. Within the total level of discretionary spending, defense and homeland security are funded at the requested levels and non-defense is reduced to pay for these increases. Caps the mandatory spending increase (excluding Social Security) over last year's actual level at 1.5% for one year, then 3.1% annually for four years and then provides for growth at the annual baseline growth rates. Includes various budget enforcement mechanisms, including a definition of emergency spending. Includes a reserve fund for Social Security reform. Provides for real world scoring of tax measures, and a prohibition on tax increases to offset spending increases. (60 minutes)

3. Owens/Cummings/Kucinich/Lee - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Freezes the tax cut in order to generate greater revenue. Supports a level of funding for defense commensurate with the request of the President. Provides for more than 300 billion dollars for an immediate economic stimulus. Provides $528 billion for a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, most of which will be funded after year 2004. Restores cuts in education and increases the education budget by $20 billion. (60 minutes)

4. Spratt - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Restores $98 billion of direct spending cuts contained in the resolution as reported. Increases funding for homeland security, education, and other priorities. Provides $528 billion for a Medicare prescription drug benefit, but allows the committees of jurisdiction to increase this amount to whatever extent they find offsets. Achieves budget balance in 2010 and adds $573 billion less to the public debt over ten years than the committee-reported resolution. (60 minutes)

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS(.pdf)

PART A

Nussle - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute

PART B

1. Hill/Moore/Stenholm/Tanner - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute

2. Toomey - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute

3. Owens/Cummings/Kucinich/Lee - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute