§10. Budget Resolutions

Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2010

Adopted By Congress

S. Con. Res. 13 – H. Rept. 111-89 Conference Report on S. Con. Res. 13 for FY2010

Legislative History

The Democratically-controlled Congress adopted the fiscal year 2010 budget conference report on S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress) on April 29, 2009, the third fully adopted budget resolution in three years. This was a good record, though it would not last since Congress was unable to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2011. The major item included in the concurrent resolution was a set of reconciliation instructions intended to help with the enactment of President Barack Obama’s health care proposal later in the year. Though the law was successfully enacted, the process was complex insofar as it required two legislative vehicles — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and also the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Though the majority of the bill was contained in the non-reconciliation bill, HCERA was required to implement additional matter that could not command the votes necessary in the Senate and needed the expedited reconciliation process to allow a majority to pass the bill, rather than the supermajority of sixty required of contentious legislation. 

Major Documents

H. Con. Res. 85 – H. Con. Res. 85 for FY2010 (House-passed)

H. Con. Res. 85 – H. Rept. 111-60 Committee Report for H. Con. Res. 85 for FY2010


S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), as Adopted by Congress (Enrolled Resolution

S. Con. Res. 13 S. Prt. 111-48170 Senate Committee Print on S. Con. Res. 13 for FY2010)

S. Con. Res. 13 – Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY2010 (Senate-passed)

Legislative Activity


FY2009 – S. Con. Res. 70 (110th Congress)


FY2011 – None (111th Congress)

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