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Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985
Title II—Deficit Reduction Procedures
PART C—EMERGENCY POWERS TO ELIMINATE DEFICITS IN EXCESS OF MAXIMUM DEFICIT AMOUNT
SEC. 258A. MODIFICATION OF PRESIDENTIAL ORDER.
(a) Introduction of Joint Resolution.—At any time after the Director of OMB issues a final sequestration report under section 254 for a fiscal year, but before the close of the twentieth calendar day of the session of Congress beginning after the date of issuance of such report, the majority leader of either House of Congress may introduce a joint resolution which contains provisions directing the President to modify the most recent order issued under section 254 or provide an alternative to reduce the deficit for such fiscal year. After the introduction of the first such joint resolution in either House of Congress in any calendar year, then no other joint resolution introduced in such House in such calendar year shall be subject to the procedures set forth in this section.
(b) Procedures for Consideration of Joint Resolutions.—
(1) Referral to committee.—A joint resolution introduced in the Senate under subsection (a) shall not be referred to a committee of the Senate and shall be placed on the calendar pending disposition of such joint resolution in accordance with this subsection.
(2) Consideration in the senate.—On or after the third calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) beginning after a joint resolution is introduced under subsection (a), notwithstanding any rule or precedent of the Senate, including Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, it is in order (even though a previous motion to the same effect has been disagreed to) for any Member of the Senate to move to proceed to the consideration of the joint resolution. The motion is not in order after the eighth calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) beginning after a joint resolution (to which the motion applies) is introduced. The joint resolution is privileged in the Senate. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to shall not be in order. If a motion to proceed to the consideration of the joint resolution is agreed to, the Senate shall immediately proceed to consideration of the joint resolution without intervening motion, order, or other business, and the joint resolution shall remain the unfinished business of the Senate until disposed of.
(3) Debate in the senate.—
(A) In the Senate, debate on a joint resolution introduced under subsection (a), amendments thereto, and all debatable motions and appeals in connection therewith shall be limited to not more than 10 hours, which shall be divided equally between the majority leader and the minority leader (or their designees).
(B) A motion to postpone, or a motion to proceed to the consideration of other business is not in order. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolution is agreed to or disagreed to is not in order, and a motion to recommit the joint resolution is not in order.
(C)(i) No amendment that is not germane to the provisions of the joint resolution or to the order issued under section 254 shall be in order in the Senate. In the Senate, an amendment, any amendment to an amendment, or any debatable motion or appeal is debatable for not to exceed 30 minutes to be equally divided between, and controlled by, the mover and the majority leader (or their designees), except that in the event that the majority leader favors the amendment, motion, or appeal, the minority leader (or the minority leader’s designee) shall control the time in opposition to the amendment, motion, or appeal.
(ii) In the Senate, an amendment that is otherwise in order shall be in order notwithstanding the fact that it amends the joint resolution in more than one place or amends language previously amended. It shall not be in order in the Senate to vote on the question of agreeing to such a joint resolution or any amendment thereto unless the figures then contained in such joint resolution or amendment are mathematically consistent.
(4) Vote on final passage.—Immediately following the conclusion of the debate on a joint resolution introduced under subsection (a), a single quorum call at the conclusion of the debate if requested in accordance with the rules of the Senate, and the disposition of any pending amendments under paragraph (3), the vote on final passage of the joint resolution shall occur.
(5) Appeals.—Appeals from the decisions of the Chair shall be decided without debate.
(6) Conference reports.—In the Senate, points of order under titles III, IV, and VI of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 are applicable to a conference report on the joint resolution or any amendments in disagreement thereto.
(7) Resolution from the other house.—If, before the passage by the Senate of a joint resolution of the Senate introduced under subsection (a), the Senate receives from the House of Representatives a joint resolution introduced under subsection (a), then the following procedures shall apply:
(A) The joint resolution of the House of Representatives shall not be referred to a committee and shall be placed on the calendar.
(B) With respect to a joint resolution introduced under subsection (a) in the Senate—
(i) the procedure in the Senate shall be the same as if no joint resolution had been received from the House; but
(ii)(I) the vote on final passage shall be on the joint resolution of the House if it is identical to the joint resolution then pending for passage in the Senate; or
(II) if the joint resolution from the House is not identical to the joint resolution then pending for passage in the Senate and the Senate then passes the Senate joint resolution, the Senate shall be considered to have passed the House joint resolution as amended by the text of the Senate joint resolution.
(C) Upon disposition of the joint resolution received from the House, it shall no longer be in order to consider the resolution originated in the Senate.
(8) Senate action on the house resolution.—If the Senate receives from the House of Representatives a joint resolution introduced under subsection (a) after the Senate has disposed of a Senate originated resolution which is identical to the House passed joint resolution, the action of the Senate with regard to the disposition of the Senate originated joint resolution shall be deemed to be the action of the Senate with regard to the House originated joint resolution. If it is not identical to the House passed joint resolution, then the Senate shall be considered to have passed the joint resolution of the House as amended by the text of the Senate joint resolution.
 This section is classified to the U.S. Code at 2 U.S.C. 907b.
 This sections procedure has not been used, a joint resolution has not been introduced pursuant to it, and does not apply to sequestration from the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112-25) since it is ordered under section 251A of BBEDCA.
 Title VI of the Congressional Budget Act was repealed by section 10118 of the Budget Enforcement Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33).
Legislative History Notes
Pub. L. 101–508, title XIII, §13101(f), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1388–595 (Budget Enforcement Act of 1990) added §258A to Pub. L. 99–177, title II (Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985).
References and Codification
The “Congressional Budget Act of 1974”, referred to in subsection (b)(6), means titles I to IX of Pub. L. 93–344, July 12, 1974, 88 Stat. 297 (CBA), as amended.
Titles III and IV of that Act are classified to the U.S. Code generally to subchapters I (§631 et seq.) and II (§651 et seq.), respectively, of chapter 17A of title 2, The Congress.
Title VI of the Act was classified to the U.S. Code generally to subchapter IV (§665 et seq.) of chapter 17A of title 2, The Congress before its repeal by Pub. L. 105–33, title X, §10118(a), August 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 695 (Budget Enforcement Act of 1997).