Budget Resolution and the Senate's Automatic Discharge Process [Updated April 4, 2022]   [open pdf - 680KB]

From the Document: "The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 [hyperlink] (the Budget Act) provides for the annual adoption of a concurrent resolution on the budget that establishes an agreement between the House and Senate on budgetary levels for the upcoming fiscal year (and at least four additional years). The budget resolution assists Congress in developing federal budget policy, and its adoption allows Congress to trigger the budget reconciliation process. [...] Section 304 of the Budget Act [hyperlink] provides that Congress may revise or reaffirm the budget resolution for the fiscal year most recently agreed to. [...] A revised budget resolution is an optional procedure, and there is no comparable deadline established under Sections 300 or 304 of the Budget Act for it to be reported from committee. Accordingly, any revised budget resolution would have to be reported by the Budget Committee or discharged under regular Budget Committee and Senate rules, including those rules in force under the recent 'powersharing' agreement. Because the Senate has not considered a revised budget resolution under Section 304 since the 1983 precedent that allows a non-debatable motion to proceed to be made to consider a budget resolution, it is not clear that the precedent would then be applicable. One additional difference for the consideration of a revised budget resolution is that Section 305(b)(1) limits debate to 15 hours."

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CRS Insight, IN11693
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