Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018
Public Law 115-96
This public law was enacted on December 22, 2017, extending the date for short-term funding for the Federal Government through January 19, 2018. It included other provisions related to Missile Defense and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but the most relevant text relating to the budget process was the exemption of the budgetary effects for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the tax reform reconciliation bill). That bill had substantial decreases in projected revenue and increases in direct spending. The two bills were signed into law on the same day.
Public Law: Public Law 115-96
Stat. At Large: [Unavailable]
Enacted: December 22, 2017
Bill Number: H.R. 1370 (115th Congress)
Note: This bill contained the language which exempted any of the budgetary effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from being entered on the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Scorecards. These scorecards were later erased in any event by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
Applicable Text of Statute
DIVISION E—BUDGETARY EFFECTS
SEC. 5001. BUDGETARY EFFECTS.
(a) In General.—The budgetary effects of division C and each succeeding division shall not be entered on either PAYGO scorecard maintained pursuant to section 4(d) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.
(b) Senate Paygo Scorecards.—The budgetary effects of division C and each succeeding division shall not be entered on any PAYGO scorecard maintained for purposes of section 4106 of H. Con. Res. 71 (115th Congress).
(c) Classification of Budgetary Effects.—Notwithstanding Rule 3 of the Budget Scorekeeping Guidelines set forth in the joint explanatory statement of the committee of conference accompanying Conference Report 105–217 and section 250(c)(8) of thebalanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, the budgetary effects of division C and each succeeding division shall not be estimated—
(1) for purposes of section 251 of such Act; and
(2) for purposes of paragraph (4)(C) of section 3 of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 as being included in an appropriation Act.
SEC. 5002. BUDGETARY EFFECTS OF RECONCILIATION ACT.
(a) Definition of Reconciliation Act.—In this section, the term “reconciliation Act” means an Act enacted into law before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act that was considered pursuant to the reconciliation instructions in H. Con. Res. 71 (115th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
(b) Paygo Scorecard.—The budgetary effects of the reconciliation Act shall not be entered on either PAYGO scorecard maintained pursuant to section 4(d) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 933(d)).