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Exceptions to the Budget Control Act's Discretionary Spending Limits [June 19, 2019]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA; P.L. 112-25) established statutory limits on discretionary spending for FY2012-FY2021. There are currently separate annual limits for defense discretionary and nondefense discretionary spending. The law specifies that spending for certain activities, such as responding to a national emergency or fighting terrorism, will receive special budgetary treatment. This spending is most easily thought of as being exempt from the spending limits. Formally, however, the BCA states that the enactment of such spending allows for a subsequent upward adjustment of the discretionary limits to accommodate the spending. As a result, these types of spending are referred to as 'adjustments.' Two adjustments--for spending designated as emergency or for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)--have made up the vast majority of the spending."

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CRS Report for Congress, R45778
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2019-06-21
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