SEC. 10204. Violent crime reduction spending.
(a) Sequestration Regarding Violent Crime Reduction Spending.—
(1) Repeal.—Section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is repealed.
(2) Table of Contents.—The item relating to section 251A in the table contents set forth in section 250(a) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is repealed.
(b) Conforming Amendment.—Section 310002 of Public Law 103-322 (42 U.S.C. 14212) is repealed.
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:
27. Amendments to section 251A of [the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985] and to section 310002 of P.L. 103-322
HOUSE BILL (SECTION 11204)
The House bill shifts the separate spending limits on the Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund spending into section 251 of GRH, which includes the limits for defense and nondefense discretionary spending. Under current law, section 251 provides sequester procedures for defense and nondefense discretionary spending and section 251A provides sequester procedures for violent crime reduction spending. Because this bill amends section 251 to provide for violent crime reduction as a separate category of discretionary spending, section 251A is not needed and is repealed. Also makes a conforming change by repealing section 310002 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which reduced the discretionary caps to provide a separate category for violent crime reduction funding. Since the section 251(c) caps reflect these reductions, section 310002 of the Crime Act is no longer necessary.
SENATE AMENDMENT (SECTION 1654)
The Senate amendment is identical to the House bill.
CONFERENCE AGREEMENT (SECTION 10204)
The Senate recedes to the House.
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. 1002.
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 10204. Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund. Section 310001 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (P.L 103-322) established the Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund, provided for the transfer of specified amounts for each of FY1995-2000 from the general fund into the trust fund, and authorized the appropriation of funds from the trust fund for particular anti-crime purposes. The amounts transferred into the trust fund are equal to the expected savings from implementation of Section 5 of the Federal Workforce Restructuring Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-226), which contemplated significant reductions in federal personnel levels over ensuing years.
Section 310001(g) of the act added a new Section 251A to the BBA, establishing a special sequestration process that enforces annual outlay limits for appropriations from the trust fund. Section 310002 of the act reduced the general purpose discretionary spending limits for the appropriate years by the amounts of spending transferred into the trust fund. In essence, the act recognized the savings from federal personnel reductions and reduced the discretionary spending limits accordingly. A procedure for enacting equivalent amounts of spending for the specified anti-crime purposes was set up, subject to the discipline of a separate but parallel sequestration procedure to the one established in the BBA for general purpose discretionary spending.
Section 10204 of the act repeals Section 251A of the BBA and Section 310002 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. As discussed in the section above, spending for violent crime reduction programs is made subject to the discretionary spending limits in Section 251 as a separate category. Accordingly, the separate limits and procedures no longer are needed.
CRS – Budget Enforcement Act of 1997: Summary and Legislative History by Robert Keith (97-931 GOV) October 8, 1997, p. 18-19.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY NOTES
Pub. L. 105–33, title X, §10000, Nov. 5, 1990, 111 Stat. 702; (Budget Enforcement Act of 1997).