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Legislative Procedures for Adjusting the Public Debt Limit: A Brief Overview

Description: Almost all borrowing by the federal government is conducted by the Treasury Department, within the restrictions established by a single, statutory limit on the total amount of debt that may be outstanding at any time.1 In a few instances, agencies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority operate within their own borrowing limits established separately in law. For years, the public debt limit has been codified in Section 3101(b) of Title 31, United States Code. Periodic adjustments in the debt limit take the form of amendments to 31 U.S.C. 3101(b), usually by striking the current dollar limitation and inserting a new one. In the past, such changes to the debt limit have been either permanent or temporary.
Date: May 2, 2011
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Emergency Designation: Current Budget Rules and Procedures

Description: Budgetary legislation is constrained by certain enforcement rules that are generally intended to control spending, revenues, and the deficit. Since 1990, those rules have provided, in various forms, procedural mechanisms allowing Congress to effectively exempt certain budgetary amounts from such constraints by designating a provision in a measure as an emergency requirement. This report provides a brief description of the current rules and congressional procedures associated with the emergency designation.
Date: January 6, 2011
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Legislative Procedures for Adjusting the Public Debt Limit: A Brief Overview

Description: This report discusses the procedure for adjusting the public debt limit. Nearly all of the outstanding debt of the federal government is subject to a statutory limit, which is set forth as a dollar limitation in 31 U.S.C. 3101(b). From time to time, Congress considers and passes legislation to adjust or suspend this limit.
Date: August 6, 2015
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Debt Limit Legislation: The House "Gephardt Rule"

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.
Date: July 27, 2015
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Budget Actions in 2007

Description: During the first session of the 110th Congress, the House and Senate considered many different budgetary measures. This report describes House and Senate action on major budgetary legislation within the framework of the congressional budget process and other procedural requirements.
Date: May 23, 2007
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Entitlements and Appropriated Entitlements in the Federal Budget Process

Description: Entitlements are programs that require payments to persons, state or local governments, or other entities if specific eligibility criteria established in the authorizing law are met. Entitlement payments are legal obligations of the federal government, and eligible beneficiaries may have legal recourse if full payment under the law is not provided. This report provides a brief explanation of spending for entitlements, including so-called appropriated entitlements, and discusses the congressional procedural constraints on legislation affecting such entitlement spending.
Date: September 2, 2008
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Executive Budget Process Timetable

Description: The executive budget process is a complex set of activities that includes formulation of the President’s budget, interaction with Congress, and execution of the budget. While some of the activities are required by specific dates, many follow a more flexible schedule established by formal and informal rules and procedures. This report provides a timetable of the major steps in the executive budget process.
Date: June 17, 2008
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Budget Actions in 2006

Description: This report provides information about the Congressional Budget Actions in 2006.During the second session of 109th congress,the senate and house will consider many different budgetary measures.
Date: December 28, 2006
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Budget Resolutions: Selected Statistics and Information Guide

Description: This report provides current and historical information on the budget resolution. It provides a list of the budget resolutions adopted and rejected by Congress since implementation of the CBA, including the Statutes-at-Large citations and committee report numbers, and describes their formulation and content.
Date: March 18, 2002
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Allocations and Subdivisions in the Congressional Budget Process

Description: The annual budget resolution sets forth total spending and revenue levels for at least five fiscal years. The spending amounts are allocated, or “crosswalked,” to the House and Senate committees having jurisdiction over discretionary spending (the Appropriations Committees) and direct spending (the legislative committees). This report very briefly discusses the allocations and subdivisions portions of the congressional budget process.
Date: August 29, 2003
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Budget Actions in 2003

Description: This report provides information about the Congressional Budget Actions in 2003. During 2003 congress considered various budgetary measures. most measures pertained to 2004 and beyond.
Date: December 17, 2004
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Budget Act Points of Order

Description: This report provides information about the Congressional Budget Act Points of Order. Budget Act Points of Order are not self-enforcing. In order to enforce a congressional budget rule, a member must raise a point of order against the legislation violating it.
Date: August 19, 2008
Creator: Heniff, Bill, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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