SEC. 10103. AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 202.
(a) Assistance to Budget Committees.—The first sentence of section 202(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by inserting ‘‘primary’’ before ‘‘duty’’.
(b) Elimination of Executed Provision.—Section 202 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by striking subsection(e) and by redesignating subsections (f), (g), and (h) as subsections (e), (f), and (g), respectively.
(c) Reporting Requirement.—The first sentence of section 202(e)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (as redesignated) is amended by—
(1) striking ‘‘and’’ before ‘‘(B)’’; and
(2) inserting before the period the following: ‘‘, and (C) a statement of the levels of budget authority and outlays for each program assumed to be extended in the baseline, as provided in section 257(b)(2)(A) and for excise taxes assumed to be extended under section 257(b)(2)(C) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985’’.
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:
4. Amendments to section 202 of the Congressional Budget Act
HOUSE BILL (SECTION 11103)
Amends Section 202(a) of the Budget Act to clarify that the ‘primary’ duty of the Congressional Budget Office is to assist the House and Senate Budget Committees. This section also eliminates an obsolete provision relating to the transfer of the functions of the Joint Committee on Reductions of Federal Expenditures to the Congressional Budget Office.
SENATE AMENDMENT (SECTION 1602)
The language in the Senate Amendment is identical to the House Bill.
CONFERENCE AGREEMENT (SECTION 10103)
The Conference agreement reflects the House bill with a modification. The conferees recognize that CBO’s responsibilities have expanded considerably, particularly with the enactment of the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act of 1995. In addition to scoring reported legislation and providing spending and revenue projections, CBO also provides assistance to committees and individual members upon request. The intent of this language is to clarify that CBO’s primary duty is to assist the Budget Committees in its duties to the Congress to develop, implement, and enforce the budget resolution and address other budgetary matters.
The Conference agreement also requires CBO to include in its report the estimated budgetary impact associated with assuming the extension of mandatory programs that exceed $50 million and excise taxes dedicated to trust funds for the baseline as required by section 257 of GRH.
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 10103. Amendments to Section 202.
Section 202 of the CBA sets forth the duties and functions of CBO. Section 10103 of the act amends Section 202(a) to provide that it shall be the “primary duty,” rather than the “duty,” of CBO to furnish certain budgetary information to the House and Senate Budget Committees. The change was meant to clarify the priority of CBO’s duties, which also involve the other standing committees of the House and Senate and have been expanded recently by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-4). Also, Section 202(e), an obsolete provision that transferred the functions and personnel of the Joint Committee on Reduction of Federal Expenditures to CBO, is stricken and the following subsections are redesignated accordingly.
Section 202(e), as newly redesignated, is modified to require that CBO include in its annual report on the economic and budget outlook a statement of the budgetary impact in the baseline of: (1) the extension of mandatory programs that exceed $50 million; and (2) excise taxes dedicated to trust funds.
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).