S 261 in Congressional Session 105

Official Summary

 

Bill Number : S 261

 

Title : A bill to provide for a biennial budget process and a biennial appropriations process and to enhance oversight and the performance of the Federal Government.

 

SUMMARY AS OF:
9/4/1997--Reported to Senate amended.    (There is 1 other summary) Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act - Amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (CBA) to revise the Federal and congressional budget processes by establishing a two-year budgeting and appropriations cycle and timetable. Defines the budget biennium as the two consecutive fiscal years beginning on October 1 of any odd-numbered year. Sets forth a special timetable for any first session that begins in any year immediately following a leap year and during which the term of a President begins (except one who starts a second successive term).

(Sec. 2)

Devotes the first session of any Congress to the budget resolution and to appropriations decisions, retaining current deadlines in most cases. Changes certain deadlines to conform to the biennial scheme. Devotes each second session to authorization activity, subject to specified deadlines.

(Sec. 3)

Revises provisions relating to the reconciliation process.

(Sec. 4)

Sets forth revised pay-as-you-go provisions for the Senate.

(Sec. 5)

Conforms provisions governing the President's budget to the biennial framework.

(Sec. 6)

Requires all Acts making regular appropriations for the support of the Government to be enacted for a biennium and to specify the amount of appropriations provided for each fiscal year in that period.

(Sec. 7)

Amends CBA to provide that it shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider: (1) any bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report that authorizes appropriations for a period of less than two fiscal years, unless the program, project, or activity for which the appropriations are authorized will require no further appropriations and will be completed or terminated after the appropriations have been expended; and (2) in any odd-numbered year, any authorization or revenue bill or joint resolution until Congress completes action on the biennial budget resolution, all regular biennial appropriations bills, and all reconciliation bills. Provides that, in the Senate, such point of order shall not apply to: (1) any measure that is privileged for consideration pursuant to a rule or statute; (2) any matter considered in Executive Session; or (3) an appropriations measure or reconciliation bill.

(Sec. 8)

Changes to a biennial basis specified requirements for certain Government strategic and performance plans, performance reports in budget submissions, and program performance reports. Requires congressional committee reviews of such plans and reports.

(Sec. 9)

Provides that it shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate in any odd-numbered year to consider any regular bill providing new budget authority or a limitation on obligations under the jurisdiction of any Appropriations subcommittee for only the first fiscal year of a biennium unless the program, project, or activity for which such authority or limitation is provided will require no additional authority beyond one year and will be completed or terminated after the amount provided has been expended.

(Sec. 10)

Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to report to the Budget Committees on the impact and feasibility of changing the definition of a fiscal year and the budget process based on that definition to a two-year fiscal period with a two-year budget process based on the two-year period.

Votes

Title : A bill to provide for a biennial budget process and a biennial appropriations process and to enhance oversight and the performance of the Federal Government.
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Sponsors

 
Congressional Sponsors of S 261
 
Bill Number : S 261

Title : A bill to provide for a biennial budget process and a biennial appropriations process and to enhance oversight and the performance of the Federal Government.

Sponsor: Sen Domenici, Pete V. [NM] (introduced 2/4/1997)      

ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

    Sen Abraham, Spencer [MI] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Bennett, Robert F. [UT] - 10/15/1998

    Sen Breaux, John B. [LA] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Burns, Conrad R. [MT] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Conrad, Kent [ND] - 2/4/1997

    Sen D'Amato, Alfonse [NY] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Daschle, Thomas A. [SD] - 4/15/1997

    Sen DeWine, Mike [OH] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] - 5/7/1998

    Sen Ford, Wendell H. [KY] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Frist, William H. [TN] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Grams, Rod [MN] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Hagel, Chuck [NE] - 2/10/1997

    Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] - 6/9/1997

    Sen Hutchinson, Tim [AR] - 4/28/1997

    Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] - 2/24/1997

    Sen Jeffords, James M. [VT] - 2/2/1998

    Sen Kempthorne, Dirk [ID] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Mack, Connie, III [FL] - 2/4/1997

    Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Moynihan, Daniel Patrick [NY] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Nickles, Don [OK] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Robb, Charles S. [VA] - 2/10/1997

    Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Roth Jr., William V. [DE] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Santorum, Rick [PA] - 2/13/1997

    Sen Smith, Gordon H. [OR] - 3/13/1997

    Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Thomas, Craig [WY] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Thompson, Fred [TN] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Torricelli, Robert G. [NJ] - 4/23/1997

    Sen Warner, John [VA] - 2/4/1997

    Sen Cleland, Max [GA] - 4/23/1997
    (withdrawn - 6/9/1997
    )

Other Info

Bill Number : S 261

Title : A bill to provide for a biennial budget process and a biennial appropriations process and to enhance oversight and the performance of the Federal Government.

 

 
ALL ACTIONS:
(Floor Actions/Congressional Record Page References)
 
2/4/1997:Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S961-965)
 
2/4/1997:Read twice and referred jointly to the Committees on Budget; Governmental Affairs pursuant to the order of August 4, 1977, as modified by the order of April 11, 1986, with instructions that if one Committee reports, the other Committee have thirty days to report or be discharged.
 
2/13/1997:Committee on Budget. Hearings held.
 
4/23/1997:Committee on Governmental Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 105-138.
 
5/22/1997:Committee on Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
 
9/4/1997:Committee on Governmental Affairs. Reported to Senate by Senator Thompson with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 105-72. Minority views filed.
 
10/6/1997:Senate Committee on Budget discharged. Pursuant to the order of August 4, 1977.
 
10/6/1997:Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 190.