H.R. 1871: Baseline Reform Act of 2013

H.R. 1871

Baseline Reform Act of 2013

Committee
Budget

Date
April 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1871, the Baseline Reform Act of 2013, under a closed rule (no germane amendments were submitted to Rules). H.R. 1871 was introduced by Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA) on May 8, 2013 and has 12 cosponsors. H.R. 1871 was marked up on June 19, 2013 by the House Committee on the Budget and ordered reported by a vote of 15-11.[1]

[1] See http://beta.congress.gov/113/crpt/hrpt129/CRPT-113hrpt129.pdf

Bill Summary

H.R. 1871 removes the inflationary assumptions and special exceptions from the discretionary baseline – requiring that the baseline assume neither an increase nor a decrease for these programs. In addition, the bill codifies CBO’s current practice of providing a long-term economic and budget outlook no later than July 1 of each year.

Background

According to the House Committee on the Budget, the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act requires CBO to prepare projections of federal spending and revenue over at least a five-year period.[1] Moreover, current law requires that CBO and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) assume that discretionary spending will extend over the entire course of the budget window and reflect the inflationary increases as well as expiring housing contracts, social insurance administrative expenses, and an annualization of federal employee pay.[2]

In addition, beginning in 1996, CBO has since provided stand alone reports on the long-term budget outlook as part of its annual Economic and Budget Outlook. These stand alone reports ensure that the long term demographic changes of the U.S. population and their impact on the federal budget are taken into consideration.[3]

Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives in the 103rd, 106th, 108th, 112th Congresses. In addition, legislation was introduced in the 111th.[4]

[1] See id.

[2] See id.

[3] See id.

[4] See id.

Cost

According to CBO, “H.R. 1871 would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 1871 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.”[1]

[1] See id. p. 11.

Additional Information

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