Unfunded Mandates Reform Act: History, Impact, and Issues

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This report examines debates over what constitutes an unfunded federal mandate and UMRA's implementation. It focuses on UMRA's requirement that CBO issue written cost estimate statements for federal mandates in legislation, its procedures for raising points of order in the House and Senate concerning unfunded federal mandates in legislation, and its requirement that federal agencies prepare written cost estimate statements for federal mandates in rules. It also assesses UMRA's impact on federal mandates and arguments concerning UMRA's future, focusing on UMRA's definitions, exclusions, and exceptions which currently exempt many federal actions with potentially significant financial impacts on nonfederal entities.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: April 19, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Creator (Author):
Dilger, Robert Jay

Senior Specialist in American National Government

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Beth, Richard S.

Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: April 19, 2011
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United States
Description:

This report examines debates over what constitutes an unfunded federal mandate and UMRA's implementation. It focuses on UMRA's requirement that CBO issue written cost estimate statements for federal mandates in legislation, its procedures for raising points of order in the House and Senate concerning unfunded federal mandates in legislation, and its requirement that federal agencies prepare written cost estimate statements for federal mandates in rules. It also assesses UMRA's impact on federal mandates and arguments concerning UMRA's future, focusing on UMRA's definitions, exclusions, and exceptions which currently exempt many federal actions with potentially significant financial impacts on nonfederal entities.

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50 pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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