CBA, as Enacted (Contents)

Congressional Budget Act of 1974

Section 303, as Enacted


Declaration of Purposes

Sec. 303. (a) In General.—It shall not be in order in either the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any bill or resolution (or amendment thereto) which provides—

(1) new budget authority for a fiscal year;

(2) an increase or decrease in revenues to become effective during a fiscal year;

(3) an increase or decrease in the public debt limit to become effective during a fiscal year; or

(4) new spending authority described in section 401(c)(2)(C) to become effective during a fiscal year; until the first concurrent resolution on the budget for such year has been agreed to pursuant to section 301.

(b) Exceptions.—Subsection (a) does not apply to any bill or resolution—

(1) providing new budget authority which first becomes available in a fiscal year following the fiscal year to which the concurrent resolution applies; or

(2) increasing or decreasing revenues which first become effective in a fiscal year following the fiscal year to which the concurrent resolution applies.

(c) Waiver in the Senate.—

(1) The committee of the Senate which reports any bill or resolution to which subsection (a) applies may at or after the time it reports such bill or resolution, report a resolution to the Senate (A) providing for the waiver of subsection (a) with respect to such bill or resolution, and (B) stating the reasons why the waiver is necessary. The resolution shall then be referred to the Committee on the Budget of the Senate. That committee shall report the resolution to the Senate within 10 days after the resolution is referred to it (not counting any day on which the Senate is not in session) beginning with the day following the day on which it is so referred, accompanied by that committee’s recommendations and reasons for such recommendations with respect to the resolution. If the committee does not report the resolution within such 10-day period, it shall automatically be discharged from further consideration of the resolution and the resolution shall be placed on the calendar.

(2) During the consideration of any such resolution, debate shall be limited to one hour, to be equally divided between, and controlled by, the majority leader and minority leader or their designees, and the time on any debatable motion or appeal shall be limited to twenty minutes, to be equally divided between, and controlled by, the mover and the manager of the resolution. In the event the manager of the resolution is in favor of any such motion or appeal, the time in opposition thereto shall be controlled by the minority leader or his designee. Such leaders, or either of them, may, from the time under their control on the passage of such resolution, allot additional time to any Senator during the consideration of any debatable motion or appeal. No amendment to the resolution is in order.

(3) If, after the Committee on the Budget has reported (or been discharged from further consideration of) the resolution, the Senate agrees to the resolution, then subsection (a) of this section shall not apply with respect to the bill or resolution to which the resolution so agreed to applies.




Section 302 (CBA, as Enacted)


Section 304 (CBA, as Enacted)

Counsel Notes

The managers on the part of the House and the Senate of the conference of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 7130) issued an explanatory statement of the legislation. This was included in a House Budget Committee print in 1975 after the bill’s enactment. It included the following description of this section:

Section 303. Consideration of Spending, Revenue or Debt Legislation

The House and Senate versions barred consideration of budget authority, revenue or debt legislation prior to adoption of the first budget resolution for a fiscal year. Both versions exempted advance appropriations (which become available in a year following that to which the budget resolution applies) and the Senate amendment also excepted advance spending authority, social security and 90 percent self-financed trust funds, and advance revenue changes from the prohibition.

The conference substitute prohibits the floor consideration of budget authority, entitlement authority, or changes in revenue or in the public debt limit before the first concurrent resolution has been adopted.

The purpose of holding up entitlement legislation is to enhance the significance of the first budget resolution and to strengthen congressional control over programs which are difficult to control once the entitlement has been enacted.

The conference substitute permits the consideration of advance appropriations and advance revenue changes prior to adoption of the first budget resolution for the fiscal year to which they apply.

The conference substitute contains a procedure for the waiver of the prohibition in the Senate. Taken from the Senate amendment, the provision allows Senate consideration before adoption of the budget resolution or a spending, revenue, or debt measure if the committee which reported the measure reports a resolution of waiver which is referred to the Senate Budget Committee and subsequently approved by the Senate.

[Joint Explanatory Statement on the Committee of Conference on H.R. 7130; (Committee Print), Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, 93d Congress, 2d Session, Washington D.C. 1975.]

Current Section

Section 303. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget Must be Adopted Before Budget-related

Classification to the U.S. Code

This section was formerly classified to 31 U.S.C. 1324.

Legislative History Notes
Public Laws

Pub. L. 93–344, §303, July 12, 1974, 88 Stat. 309. The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 enacted this section into law. 

Revision of title 31 of the u.s. code

Most of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was classified to Title 31 of the U.S. Code but has since been transferred either to title 2 (The Congress) or to a revised Title 31. See the following for more information: 



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