Sec. 10101. AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3.
Section 3(9) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended to read as follows:
‘‘(9) The term ‘entitlement authority’ means—
‘‘(A) the authority to make payments (including loans and grants), the budget authority for which is not provided for in advance by appropriation Acts, to any person or government if, under the provisions of the law containing that authority, the United States is obligated to make such payments to persons or governments who meet the requirements established by that law; and
‘‘(B) the food stamp program.’’.
This section was not classified to the U.S. Code.
EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF MANAGERS
(H. CONF. REPT. 105-217)
The joint explanatory statement of managers for the conference committee on H.R. 2014 summarized this section as follows:
2. Amendments to section 3 of the Congressional Budget Act
HOUSE BILL (SECTION 11101)
Amends Section 3 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (‘‘Budget Act’’) to include entitlement authority as defined under current law in section 401(c)(2)(C) of the Budget Act and the Food Stamp program (which is technically not an entitlement). This change is taken in concert with the dis- continuation of separate allocations of new entitlement authority in section 11106. As a consequence of these changes, entitlement authority will be allocated as new budget authority and will be subject to the points under the Budget Act that apply to new budget authority.
CONFERENCE AGREEMENT (SECTION 10101)
The Conference agreement reflects the House bill with modifications. The Conference agreement defines the term ‘‘entitlement authority’’ in section 3 of the Budget Act and adds the food stamp program to that definition.
It is the intent of the conferees that legislation providing new entitlement authority as defined in section 401(c)(2)(C) is also a form of new budget authority as set forth in Section 3(2). In the House, legislation providing new entitlement authority will also be considered as new budget authority and subject to the same Budget Act requirements that apply to new budget authority. In the Sen- ate, this provision merely conforms to current practice.
U.S. Congress, Joint Explanatory Statement on the Committee of Conference on the Balanced Budget Act of 1997; (Conference Report), Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, 105th Congress, 1st Session, Washington D.C. 1997, p.
Congressional Research service report
CRS issued a report on the Budget Enforcement Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33), including this description of this section:
Section 10101. Amendments to Section 3. Section 3 of the CBA of 1974 defines various terms used in the congressional budget process. Section 10101 of the act revises the definition of “entitlement authority” in Section 3 and adds the food stamp program to the definition. The revised definition makes clear that entitlement authority is to be treated for purposes of budget enforcement as another form of budget authority.
CRS – Budget Enforcement Act of 1997: Summary and Legislative History by Robert Keith (97-931 GOV) October 8, 1997, p. 9.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY NOTES
Pub. L. 105–33, title X, §10000, Nov. 5, 1990, 111 Stat. 677; (Budget Enforcement Act of 1997).