H.Res. 38: A resolution Reducing Non-Security Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels or Less

H.Res. 38

A resolution Reducing Non-Security Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels or Less

Date
January 24, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 43, a rule providing for the consideration of H.Res. 38, on Monday, January 24, 2011.  H.Res. 43 is scheduled to be considered with one hour of debate equally divided between the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Rules.  H.Res. 43 was reported by the Committee on Rules on January 19, 2011.

If H.Res. 43 is approved, the rule will provide for consideration of H.Res. 38, a resolution reducing non-security spending for the remainder of FY 2011 to FY 2008 levels or less.   H.Res. 38 is scheduled to be considered on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Rules.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 38 would require the House Budget Committee to set non-security budget allocation levels for the remainder of FY 2011 at FY 2008 spending levels or less.  Pursuant to the rules of the 112th Congress (H.Res. 5), the Budget Committee is required to set budget allocations levels for subcommittees (known as section 302(a) allocations) for the remainder of FY 2011 by printing those levels in the Congressional Record.  Under the House Rules, allocations printed in the Congressional Record would be considered to be the adoption of a concurrent resolution and serve as the budget allocation levels for the remainder of FY 2011.

H.Res. 38 would require the Budget Committee to provide non-security spending for the remainder of FY 2011 at FY 2008 levels or less.  Under the Rules of the 112th Congress, the Budget Committee chairman has interim authority that only applies to the FY 2011 budget to file committee allocations and budget aggregates that would serve as the budget until Congress adopts a new budget. Legislation that violates the committee allocations or the budget aggregates is subject to points of order under the Budget Act.

Background

After an explosion in spending and two consecutive years of trillion dollar deficits, House Democrats failed to even propose a budget for the current fiscal year—the first time this has happened since 1974, when the modern congressional budget process was established.  Last September, House Republicans called on Democrats to join them and immediately begin to end their job-killing spending spree by reducing FY 2011 spending to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus levels.  Democrats refused to join with House Republicans and instead chose to use a stop-gap funding measure during a lame-duck session of Congress to keep spending at the unsustainably high levels until March 4, 2011.  Bringing spending back to FY 2008 levels will set a new spending baseline and reduce overall government spending for years to come.  Cutting spending back to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus levels will be one of many steps that House Republicans will take to rein in runaway government spending that destroys jobs.

The Rules of the 112th Congress (H.Res. 5) provide the Budget Committee the authority to file temporary budget allocations to committees (known as section 302(a) allocations) for FY 2011.  The aggregates and allocations printed in the Congressional Record would be considered to be the adoption of a concurrent resolution on the budget for the remainder of FY 2011.  The Rules also provide authority for the Budget Committee Chairman to set total spending and revenue levels.   This is temporary authority that lasts until adoption of the budget later this year and it only applies to the FY 2011 budget.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate for H. Res. 38 was not available at press time.