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Section 213
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987

title II—BUDGET PROCESS REFORM
Sec. 213. Exercise of Rulemaking Power.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act, other than those relating to the activities of the executive and judicial branches of the Government, are enacted by Congress—

(1) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the House of Representatives and the Senate, respectively, and as such they shall be considered as part of the rules of each House, respectively, or of that House to which they specifically apply, and such rules shall supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and

(2) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change such rules (so far as relating to such House) at any time, in the same manner and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of such House.


Counsel Notes
Codification

This section is not classified to the U.S. Code.

Joint Explanatory Statement (BBEDCRA 1987)

The Joint Explanatory Statement of the Managers of Conference on the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987 included this description:

15. House and Senate Rulemaking Powers

Current Law

The Constitution empowers the House and Senate to determine and revise their rules of procedure at any time. Section 271(c) of the 1985 Balanced Budget Act and Section 904(a) of the 1974 Budget Act states that certain provisions of those acts were enacted as an exercise of the rulemaking powers of the House and Senate.

Senate Amendment

The Senate amendment (Section 235) states that provisions included under Part B of the amendment (entitled “Budget Process Reforms”) are enacted as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the House and Senate, with the full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change them at any time.

Conference Agreement

The conference agreement provides that the amendments made by this Act are enacted as an exercise of the rulemaking powers of the House and Senate.

U.S. House of Representatives, Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987: Conference Report to Accompany H. J. Res. 324, House Ways and Means Committee (H. Rept. 100-313) September 21, 1987.

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