Budget Resolution


The term budget resolution is a commonly used term to refer to the annual “Concurrent Resolution the Budget” for a fiscal year adopted by Congress and legally required by section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 . SeeConcurrent Resolution on the Budget for more information.


GAO Glossary of Terms and Definition (September 2005)

Budget Resolution

See under Concurrent Resolution on the Budget.

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CBO Glossary of Budgetary and Economic Terms (July 2016)

Budget Resolution

A concurrent resolution adopted by both Houses of Congress as part of the annual budget and appropriation process, setting forth an overall budget plan for the Congress against which individual appropriation bills, authorization bills, and revenue measures are to be evaluated. Subsequent appropriation acts and authorization acts that affect revenues or direct spending are expected to comply with the targets in that plan. Those targets are enforced in each House of Congress through procedural mechanisms that are set forth in law and in the rules of each House.


Glossary of the Congressional Research Service

Budget Resolution

A measure (provided for by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended) that sets forth a congressional budget plan, including aggregate budgetary levels, which may be enforced during the subsequent consideration of spending and revenue legislation. It is in the form of a concurrent resolution (e.g., an H.Con.Res or an S.Con. Res), not a law-making vehicle; as such, it is not submitted to the president.

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