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SEC. 258C. SPECIAL RECONCILIATION

PROCESS.

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(a) REPORTING OF RESOLUTIONS AND RECONCILIATION BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS, IN THE SENATE. -

(1) COMMITTEE ALTERNATIVES TO PRESIDENTIAL ORDER.-After the submission of an OMB1605 sequestration

sequestration update report under section 254 that envisions a sequestration under section 252 or 253, each standing committee of the Senate may, not later than October 10, submit to the Committee on the Budget of the Senate information of the type described in section 301(d) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to alternatives to the order envisioned by such report insofar as such order affects laws within the jurisdiction of the committee.

(2) INITIAL BUDGET COMMITTEE ACTION.

After the submission of such a report, the Committee on the Budget of the Senate may, not later than October 15, report to the Senate a resolution. The resolution may affirm the impact of the order envisioned by such report, in whole or in part. To the extent that any part is not affirmed, the resolution shall state which parts are not affirmed and shall contain instructions to committees of the Senate of the type referred to in section 310(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, sufficient to achieve at least the total level of

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Section 13101(g) of the Budget Enforcement Act added section 258C. See infra p. 621. For legislative history on section 258C, see infra note 1613 (at the end of this section).

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Section 250(c)(15) defines "OMB" to mean "the Director of the Office of Management and Budget." See supra p. 377.

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deficit reduction contained in those sections which are not affirmed.

(3) RESPONSE OF COMMITTEES.

Committees instructed pursuant to paragraph (2), or affected thereby, shall submit their responses to the Budget Committee no later than 10 days after the resolution referred to in paragraph (2) is agreed to, except that if only one such Committee is so instructed such Committee shall, by the same date, report to the Senate a reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution containing its recommendations in response to such instructions. A committee shall be considered to have complied with all instructions to it pursuant to a resolution adopted under paragraph (2) if it has made recommendations with respect to matters within its jurisdiction which would result in a reduction in the deficit1608 at least equal to the total reduction directed by such instructions.

(4) BUDGET COMMITTEE ACTION. Upon receipt of the recommendations received in response to a resolution referred to in paragraph (2), the Budget Committee shall report to the Senate a reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution, or both, carrying out all such recommendations without any substantive revisions. In the event that a committee instructed in a resolution referred to in paragraph (2) fails to submit any recommendation (or, when only one committee is instructed, fails to report a reconciliation bill or resolution) in response to such instructions, the Budget Committee shall include in the reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution reported pursuant to this subparagraph legislative language within the jurisdiction of the noncomplying committee to achieve the amount of

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Section 250(c)(1) (see supra p. 372) defines "deficit" by adopting the definition of section 3(6) of the Congressional Budget Act. See supra p. 16.

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Section 250(c)(1) (see supra p. 372) defines "deficit" by adopting the definition of

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(5) POINT OF ORDER. -- It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider any reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution reported under paragraph (4) with respect to a fiscal year, any amendment thereto, or any conference report thereon if -

(A) the enactment of such bill or resolution as reported;

(B) the adoption and enactment of such amendment; or

(C) the enactment of such bill or resolution in the form recommended in such conference report,

would cause the amount of the deficit"610 for such fiscal

year to exceed the maximum deficit amount

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(6) TREATMENT OF CERTAIN AMENDMENTS. In the Senate, an amendment which adds to a resolution reported under paragraph (2) an instruction of the type referred to in such paragraph shall be in order during the consideration of such resolution if such amendment would be in

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Section 250(c)(1) (see supra p. 372) defines "deficit" by adopting the definition of section 3(6) of the Congressional Budget Act. See supra p. 16.

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Section 250(c)(1) (see supra p. 372) defines "deficit" by adopting the definition of section 3(6) of the Congressional Budget Act. See supra p. 16.

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Section 250(c)(1) of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings (see supra p. 372) defines "maximum deficit amount" by adopting the definition of section 601(a)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act (see supra p. 252) as adjusted under sections 251 and 253 of GrammRudman-Hollings. See supra pp. 403-429, 457-473.

order but for the fact that it would be held to be nongermane on the basis that the instruction constitutes new matter.

(7) DEFINITION. -- For purposes of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), the term day shall mean any calendar day on which the Senate is in session.

(b) PROCEDURES.

(1) IN GENERAL. Except as provided in paragraph (2), in the Senate the provisions of sections 305 and 310 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 for the consideration of concurrent resolutions on the budget and conference reports thereon shall also apply to the consideration of resolutions, and reconciliation bills and reconciliation resolutions reported under this paragraph and conference reports thereon.

(2) LIMIT ON DEBATE.

Debate in the Senate on any resolution reported pursuant to subsection (a)(2), and all amendments thereto and debatable motions and appeals in connection therewith, shall be limited to 10 hours.

(3) LIMITATION ON AMENDMENTS. Section 310(d)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act shall apply to reconciliation bills and reconciliation resolutions reported under this subsection.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS RECEIVED FROM THE HOUSE. Any bill or resolution received in the Senate from the House, which is a companion to a reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution of the Senate for the purposes of this subsection, shall be considered in the Senate pursuant to the provisions of this subsection.

(5) DEFINITION. -- For purposes of this subsection, the

resolution.

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Section 13101(g) of the Budget Enforcement Act added section 258C. See infra p. 621. The drafters of the Budget Enforcement Act based section 258C on the provisions of section 254(b) of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings as it existed before enactment of the Budget Enforcement Act. (Section 13101(a) of the Budget Enforcement Act repealed the old section 254(b). See infra p. 617.) Before enactment of the Budget Enforcement Act, section 254(b) of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings read as follows:

(b) CONGRESSIONAL RESPONSE TO PRESIDENTIAL ORDER.

(1) REPORTING OP RESOLUTIONS, AND RECONCILIATION BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS, IN THE SENATE.

(A) COMMITTEE ALTERNATIVES TO PRESIDENTIAL ORDER. Within two days after the submission of a report by the Director of OMB under section 251(c)(2), each standing committee of the Senate may submit to the Committee on the Budget of the Senate information of the type described in section 301(d) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to alternatives to the order envisioned by such report insofar as such order affects laws within the jurisdiction of the committee.

(B) INITIAL BUDGET COMMITTEE ACTION. Not later than two days after issuance of a final order by the President under section 252(b) with respect to a fiscal year, the Committee on the Budget of the Senate may report to the Senate a resolution. The resolution may affirm the impact of the order issued under such section, in whole or in part. To the extent that any part of the order is not affirmed, the resolution shall state which parts are not affirmed and shall contain instructions to committees of the Senate of the type referred to in section 310(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, sufficient to achieve at least the total level of deficit reduction contained in those sections which are not affirmed.

(C) RESPONSE OP COMMITTEES. Committees instructed pursuant to subparagraph (B), or affected thereby, shall submit their responses to the Budget Committee no later than 10 days after the resolution referred to in subparagraph (B) is agreed to, except that if only one such Committee is so instructed such Committee shall, by the same date, report to the Senate a reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution containing its recommendations in response to such instructions. A committee shall be considered to have complied with all instructions to it pursuant to a resolution adopted under subparagraph (B) if it has made recommendations with respect to matters within its jurisdiction which would result in a reduction in the deficit at least equal to the total reduction directed by such instructions.

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