BBA 2019 (Contents)

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

Section 207

TITLE II—Establishing A Congressional Budget
SEC. 207. Point of Order Against Certain Changes in Mandatory Programs in the Senate.

(a) Definition.—In this section, the term “CHIMP” means a provision that—

(1) would have been estimated as affecting direct spending or receipts under section 252 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 902) (as in effect prior to September 30, 2002) if the provision was included in legislation other than appropriation Acts; and

(2) results in a net decrease in budget authority in the budget year, but does not result in a net decrease in outlays over the period of the total of the current year, the budget year, and all fiscal years covered under the most recently adopted concurrent resolution on the budget.

(b) Point of  Order in the Senate.—

(1) In general.—It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider a bill or joint resolution making appropriations for a full fiscal year, or an amendment thereto, amendment between the Houses in relation thereto, conference report thereon, or motion thereon, that includes a CHIMP that, if enacted, would cause the absolute value of the total budget authority of all such CHIMPs enacted in relation to a full fiscal year to be more than the amount specified in paragraph (2).

(2) Amount.—The amount specified in this paragraph is, for fiscal year 2021, $15,000,000,000.

(c) Determination.—For purposes of this section, budgetary levels shall be determined on the basis of estimates provided by the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the Senate.

(d) Supermajority Waiver and Appeal in the Senate.—In the Senate, subsection (b) may be waived or suspended only by an affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members of the Senate, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised under subsection (b).

Counsel Notes
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 207 (BBA 2019) corresponds to section 101(c) of the BBA 2013.

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Section 207 (BBA 2019) corresponds to section 101(c) of the BBA 2015.

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Section 207 (BBA 2019) corresponds to section 101(c) of the BBA 2018.

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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