H.J.Res. 59 - House Amendments: Perfecting Amendments to the Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 59, a Resolution to Make Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, and for other purposes

H.J.Res. 59

Perfecting Amendments to the Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 59, a Resolution to Make Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, and for other purposes

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
September 28, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the House will consider two perfecting amendments to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 59, a resolution to make continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, under a rule.

Bill Summary

The first perfecting House amendment inserts a delay of Obamacare, including all taxes, for one year.

The second perfecting House amendment inserts a repeal of the medical device tax, as set out in section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), enacted by section 1405 of the Health  Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, in conjunction with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Both perfecting House amendments include a change in the expiration date of the continuing resolution to December 15, 2013 and make certain changes to the anomalies included in the Senate amendment, including removing the authority for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission to enter into contracts for construction on the site on Independence Avenue opposite the National Air and Space Museum during the term of the continuing resolution (through December 15, 2013). Both perfecting House amendments extend for the period of the continuing resolution a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqis who have worked alongside U.S. government and Armed Forces and now face persecution for that partnership.  The visas would cover those with pending applications (approximately 3,000) and add 2,000 additional visas for those who apply.

Background

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the House passed H.J.Res. 59, a resolution to make continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014,by a vote of 230-189. (See Roll Call  #478).  H.J.Res. 59 funds government operations at current sequester levels through December 15, 2013. The bill limits the total number of anomalies to 22 and maintains those policy riders included in PL- 113-6. In addition, the bill contained the text of H.R. 807, the Full Faith and Credit Act and H.R. 2682, a bill to prohibit the funding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Senate passed an amendment to H.J.Res. 59 by a final vote of 54-44 (See Vote Number  209). The Senate amendment maintains current funding levels; however, it changes the expiration date of the continuing resolution to November 15, 2013; and it strips the language included in Sections 137 and 138 of H.J.Res. 59 (debt prioritization and defunding Obamacare). Finally, the Senate amendment included six anomalies not included in the House- passed resolution.

Cost

CBO reported that enacting H.J.Res. 59 would result in $986.3 billion in new budget authority. In addition, CBO reported that the Senate amendment would result in $986.3 billion new budget authority. 

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the Conference Policy Shop at 5-5107.