Letter from CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf to Honorable Pete Sessions Regarding [an Analysis on H.R. 5759, Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014] [December 3, 2014]   [open pdf - 40KB]

Alternate Title: Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 5759, Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014

From the Letter: "As requested, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have analyzed H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, as amended and posted on the website of the House Committee on Rules on December 2, 2014. The legislation would prohibit the executive branch from exempting or deferring from removal certain categories of aliens considered to be unlawfully present in the United States. It also would prohibit the executive branch from treating those people as if they were lawfully present or had lawful immigration status, or providing those people with the authorization to work legally. CBO and JCT expect that enacting the proposed amendment in the nature of a substitute for H.R. 5759 would reduce both revenues and outlays for direct spending programs. However, because of the short time available since the President announced his action, CBO and JCT cannot provide a specific estimate of those effects at this time. Moreover, because the effects on revenues and outlays would be at least partially offsetting, CBO and JCT cannot currently determine whether the legislation would increase or decrease federal budget deficits over the next 10 years. (The legislation could also have effects on spending subject to appropriation, but CBO cannot determine the extent or direction of those effects on discretionary spending.)"

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