Debt Limit Legislation: The House "Gephardt Rule" Metadata

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  • Main Title Debt Limit Legislation: The House "Gephardt Rule"


  • Author: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2015-07-27


  • English


  • Content Description: This report describes the legislative history of the Gephardt rule, initially codified as Rule XLIX of the Standing Rules of the House of Representatives, which was established by P.L. 96-78 (93 Stat. 589-591). The goal of the act was to provide for a temporary increase in the public debt limit to contextualize the issue within other budget policies and to reduce time spent and the number of votes taken on the issue. The report also explains its features and reviews how it operated before it was repealed.
  • Physical Description: 14 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Budgets
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Budget process
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Public debt
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Debt limit
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Legislative procedure


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RL31913
  • Accession or Local Control No: RL31913_2015Jul27
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc743430