§10. Budget Resolutions

Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2001


H. Rept. 106-577, Conference Report on H. Con. Res. 290 (106th Congress)

Legislative History

The surplus the Federal Government had recently begun to run was still the case, the resolution included a procedure to attempt to maintain a surplus that took into account amounts deposited into the Social Security trust fund. This would require running a unified surplus by a sufficient amount to prevent the Social Security surplus to be “raided” or otherwise somehow diverted for other purposes. In fiscal year 2001 this amount was estimated to be $166 billion.

At the same time, the concurrent resolution also included an assumption of a loss of revenue of $150 billion over five years for a tax cut to address the “marriage penalty”, which is an aspect of the Federal tax code that causes a couple’s taxes to rise simply because of getting married.

The resolution covered only five years, even though the previous year the “window” of years to which the budget applied was ten fiscal years. While it is not clear why the shorter period was used, it is often though advantageous to use a shorter time period to avoid having to displaying spending, revenue, and surplus/deficit levels in the longer term. It has become common in recent years to use a ten-year period.

The budget resolution included instructions resulting in a reconciliation bill, reported without going through the Budget Committees since it was a single committee instruction. The bill did not become law though, since the Marriage Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000 (H.R. 4810 (106th Congress)) was vetoed by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 2000.

Legislative Activity
Date Actions Overview
03/20/2000 Introduced in House
03/20/2000 The House Committee on The Budget reported an original measure, H. Rept. 106-530, by Mr. Kasich.
03/24/2000 Passed/agreed to in House: On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 211 – 207 (Roll no. 75).
04/07/2000 Senate Committee on the Budget discharged by Unanimous Consent.
04/07/2000 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Resolution agreed to in Senate in lieu of S. Con. Res. 101 with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 – 45. Record Vote Number: 79.(text: CR 4/10/2000 S2469-2481)
04/11/2000 Conference committee actions: Conference held.
04/12/2000 Conference committee actions: Conferees agreed to file conference report.
04/12/2000 Conference report filed: Conference report H. Rept. 106-577 filed.(text of conference report: CR H2206-2235)
04/13/2000 Conference report agreed to in House: On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 220 – 208 (Roll no. 125).(consideration: CR H2249-2258)
04/13/2000 Conference report agreed to in Senate: Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 50 – 48. Record Vote Number: 85.
Date All Actions Except Amendments
03/30/2000 Committee on the Budget ordered to be reported an original measure.
Action By: Committee on the Budget
03/31/2000 Committee on the Budget. Original measure reported to Senate by Senator Domenici under the authority of the order of 03/30/2000. With written report No. 106-251. Additional and Minority views filed. (text of measure as reported in Senate: CR 4/3/2000 S2041-2050)
Action By: Committee on the Budget
03/31/2000 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 482.
Action By: Senate
04/04/2000 Measure laid before Senate. (consideration: CR S2053-2066, S2069-2081, S2083-2097)
Action By: Senate
04/05/2000 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S2145-2156, S2159-2227, S2264-2267)
Action By: Senate
04/06/2000 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S2270-2339)
Action By: Senate
04/07/2000 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S2384-2432)
Action By: Senate
04/07/2000 Senate incorporated this measure in H.Con.Res.290 as an amendment.
Action By: Senate
04/07/2000 Senate agreed to companion measure H. Con. Res. 290 in lieu of this measure by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 – 45. Record Vote Number: 79.
Action By: Senate
04/07/2000 Returned to the Calendar. Calendar No. 482.
Action By: Senate


Major Documents


FY2000 H. Con. Res. 68 (106th Congress)


FY2002 – H. Con. Res. 83 (107th Congress)

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