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Blog Post - How the Repeal Obamacare Act Repeals Obamacare

Jul 10, 2012

We’ve gotten some questions about how H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act functions with respect to the Independent Payments Advisory Board (IPAB), and thought it would be helpful to explain how the bill works.

First, it is important to note that the Repeal of Obamacare Act repeals IPAB, along with the rest of Obamacare. If the bill were to become law, there is no part of IPAB or any other portion of Obamacare that would remain in effect.

Blog Post - Why a "Deemer" is Necessary

Apr 16, 2012

Last month the House voted to approve a responsible budget blueprint that would reduce our deficit, spur economic growth, and reform critical government programs.  In a stark contrast, the Senate has not acted on a budget in over 1,080 days.  The Rules of the House and the enforcement mechanisms in the Budget Act rely on the numbers in a budget agreed to by both House and Senate to ensure that Congress doesn't overspend.

Blog Post - The Rule for the FY 2011 Full-Year CR: How it Works

Apr 12, 2012

During the negotiations to resolve the unfinished work to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, there were a number of important issues that the parties couldn't agree on, including government funding for the implementation of health care legislation and funding for Planned Parenthood. Speaker Boehner successfully negotiated an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Reid to ensure that these two proposals received an up or down vote in both the House and Senate. The rule providing for consideration of the full year CR, H.R.

Blog Post - Open Rules By The Numbers

Feb 7, 2012

Today, the House takes up the FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations bill under an open rule. That means any member can offer any germane amendment to the bill on the House floor. While this may seem like nothing more than “inside baseball,” it is in fact a fundamentally important issue that directly effects the substantive outcomes of the legislative process. This open rule will be the first one considered by the House in nearly four years and it will not be the last. This open rule launches the entire FY 2012 appropriations season with a spirit of openness and accountability.

Blog Post - The Budget Control Act of 2011 – A New Approach with Real Incentives to Act

Feb 6, 2012

The Budget Control Act of 2011 represents a chance to change the direction of the spending debate in Washington. First, it cuts and caps spending, saving approximately $1.2 trillion over 10 years (subject to CBO confirmation). It also creates a Joint Select Congressional Committee tasked with finding real savings and creating a clear path for its work product to actually receive an up or down vote, so we can begin the process of paying down our debt.

Blog Post - Legislative Subcommittee Hearing on H.R. 114

Jan 24, 2012

The Committee on Rules' Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process held a hearing on H.R. 114, the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act of 2011 on January 24, 2012.  This publication includes a transcript of those proceedings, as well as statements submitted for the record by Members and wittnesses alike.  For more information on the Subcommittee's hearing on H.R. 114, please check the hearing page.