BBA 2019 (Contents)

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

Section 201

TITLE II—Establishing A Congressional Budget

Upon the date of the enactment of this Act—

(1) the Chair of the Committee on the Budget of the House of Representatives may adjust the allocations, aggregates, and other budgetary levels included in the statement referred to in section 1(b) of House Resolution 293 (116th Congress) consistent with this Act; and

(2) subsections (e),[1] (f),[2] and (g)[3] of section 1 of House Resolution 293 (116th Congress) shall have no force or effect through the remainder of the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress.

Counsel Notes

[1] Subsection (e) of H. Con. Res. 293 set an Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War On Terrorism Adjustment Limit, which was perceived as unnecessary by the enactment of section 101 (b) (BBA 2019).

[2] Subsection (f) of H. Con. Res. 293 authorized an adjustment For Internal Revenue Service Tax Enforcement.

[3] Subsection (g) of H. Con. Res. 293 authorized an adjustment For The U.S. Census For 2020. This was rendered unnecessary by the new adjustment to the discretionary spending limits for that purpose enacted in section 101 (c) (BBA 2019).

PRIOR LEgislation

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (112th Congress) set out a convoluted budget process by which discretionary and direct spending were to be controlled for a ten-year period. To see the context in which the BBA 2019 was enacted, see the Budget Control Act and Its Progeny.

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013

Section 201 (BBA 2019) corresponds to section 111 of the BBA 2013. This latter section deemed a budget resolution in place for fiscal year 2014. It provided the authority to the House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, to place allocations and aggregates into the Congressional Record to serve as levels, but only to the extent they conformed to the assumptions reflected in the BBA 2013. Hence the preparation of the bill served as both vehicle for changing statute and as a budget resolution in one measure, in a theoretical fashion.

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Section 201 (BBA 2019) does not correspond to any section of the BBA 2015. Though one was passed for the Senate, during the preparation of the legislation, House Budget Chairman Tom Price objected to the inclusion of any form of deeming resolution for fiscal year 2017 for the House. As a downside to this decision, Chairman Price was unable to produce a budget in the normal way, under titles III and IV of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, that could attain sufficient support to even pass the House of Representatives. In fact, the House did not even pass a deeming resolution for fiscal year 2017 until the beginning of the 115th Congress in the following year. See Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Resolution for more information.

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Section 201 (BBA 2019) does not correspond to any provision of BBA 2018. The two fiscal years for which discretionary spending were set, fiscal years 2018 and 2019, the first already had a deeming resolution in force. The second year would have a separate deeming resolution to apply to it in section 30104 of the BBA 2018. See section 202 (BBA 2019) to see the corresponding BBA sections. Also see the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution for more information. 

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, Pub. L. 116-37; 133 Stat. 1049; August 2, 2019; H.R. 3877 (116th Congress)[Page View


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