As you begin to contemplate possible amendments to the House Budget Resolution, I want to remind all Members of the requirement that was adopted as part of the opening day Rules Package. As in past years, the Rules Committee intends to give priority to amendments offered as complete substitutes, but the new requirement is applicable to all amendments.
Section 3(e) of H. Res. 5 (113th Congress) prohibits the consideration of a concurrent resolution on the budget, or any proposed amendment to or conference report thereon, unless it includes specified information and estimates related to direct spending, including means-tested direct spending and nonmeans-tested direct spending. Specifically, the subsection requires the inclusion of: (1) the average rate of growth for each category in the total amount of outlays during the 10-year period preceding the budget year; (2) estimates for each such category under current law for the period covered by the concurrent resolution; and (3) information on proposed reforms in such categories.
The section also requires the chair of the Committee on the Budget to publish a description in the Congressional Record of each category. The description of each category was submitted for printing by Chairman Ryan on April 1, 2014 and is available on the Rules Committee website. Title IV of H. Con. Res. ___, posted by Chairman Ryan on April 1, 2014, provides an example of how to comply with this requirement.
All Members are reminded to work with the Congressional Budget Office and the Committee on the Budget to ensure that accurate estimates for each category are included in the amendment, as well as any information on proposed reforms. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Cote of the Committee staff or myself at 225-9191.
The Committee on Rules may meet the week of March 3rd to grant a rule that could limit the amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 2641, the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013.
Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which should be provided by the Office of Legislative Counsel, via the Rules Committee’s website. Members must also submit 30 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified. Members should draft their amendments to the text of Rules Committee Print 113-39, which is posted on the Rules Committee website and contains the text of H.R. 2641, as reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, with technical modifications.
Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. Members should also check with the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendments’ budgetary effects. Finally, members should check with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act. If you have any questions, please contact myself or Karas Pattison of the Committee staff at 225-9191.
UPDATED on 10/15/2013 at 5:40 PM
THIS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR
The Committee on Rules will meet today, Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following emergency measure: