H.R. 444 Amendments: Require a Plan Act Amendments

H.R. 444

Require a Plan Act Amendments

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
February 5, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the House began consideration of H.R. 444, Require a Plan Act, under a structured rule.  The amendments listed below were made in order. 

Amendments

Takano (D-CA) – amendment makes changes to the findings section, clarifying that Congress holds responsibility for passing budgets and appropriating funds.

Schrader (D-OR), Wolf (R-VA), Cooper (D-TN), Gibson (R-NY) – amendment adds a finding stating Simpson-Bowles created a balanced package of revenue and spending reforms that should form the basis for meeting the requirements of this act.

Fleming (R-LA) – amendment requires one of the additional policies presented in the supplemental unified budget to be an evaluation of duplicative agencies and proposals to consolidate them for cost-savings.

Messer (R-IN) – amendment requires the supplemental unified budget to include the cost, per taxpayer, of the annual deficit for each year in which such budget is projected to result in a deficit.

Scalise (R-LA) – amendment provides accountability and transparency in direct spending, the vast majority of which is on “autopilot.”  In the past, means-tested direct spending has not been tracked as a separate category in presidential or congressional budgets.  A mirror amendment offered by Rep. Scalise was added to the House Rules in the 113th Congress. 
 
The Scalise amendment requires the supplemental budget to address direct (mandatory) spending, broken out into means-tested and non-means-tested categories, in a number of ways: (a) the average rate of growth for each category in the total amount of outlays during the 10-year period preceding the budget year, (b) information on the budget proposals for reform of such programs, (c) a description of programs which shall be considered means-tested direct spending and non-means-tested direct spending, and (d) an annual estimate of the total amount of outlays for each such program for the period covered by the budget proposal.