Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008
The adoption of S. Con. Res. 21 (110th Congress) marked the first budget resolution adopted by a Democratic majority in the House since Republicans had taken control over the chamber in the 1994 elections. The Senate had been controlled by the Democrats, prior to this year, but this was the first year since that time that both Houses were controlled by that political party. Even though Republicans had controlled both chambers, the adoption of conference reports on the budget had not occurred regularly.
The budget resolution used the Gephardt Rule to provide for an increase in the public debt limit: H. J. Res 43 (110th Congress): Rule XXVII (the Gephardt Rule) was invoked by the adoption of S. Con. Res. 21 (110th Congress). H. J. Res. 43 was enacted as Pub. L. 110-91, and increased the public debt limit.