Summary: S.Con.Res.86 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (04/02/1998)


Title I: Levels and Amounts

Title II: Budgetary Restraints and Rulemaking

Title III: Sense of Congress and the Senate

Sets forth the congressional budget for the Government for FY 1999, including the appropriate budgetary levels for FY 2000 through 2003, and revised budgetary levels for FY 1998.

Title I: Levels and Amounts - Lists recommended budgetary levels and amounts, for FY 1998 through 2003, with respect to: (1) Federal revenues; (2) new budget authority; (3) budget outlays; (4) deficits; and (5) public debt.

(Sec. 102) Sets forth for such fiscal years specified amounts of revenues and outlays of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund.

(Sec. 103) Lists the appropriate levels of new budget authority and budget outlays for specified major functional categories for FY 1998 through 2003.

Title II: Budgetary Restraints and Rulemaking - Authorizes the Senate to reduce revenue and spending aggregates and allocations only for legislation that reduces revenues by providing family tax relief and incentives to stimulate savings, investment, job creation, and economic growth, if such legislation will not increase the deficit or reduce the surplus for: (1) FY 1999; (2) the period of FY 1999 through 2003; or (3) the period of FY 2004 through 2008.

(Sec. 202) Authorizes the Senate to increase revenue aggregates for legislation which reserves the Federal share of receipts from tobacco legislation only for the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund.

(Sec. 203) Permits the Senate to increase revenue and spending aggregates and allocations only for legislation that reauthorizes and reforms the Superfund program to facilitate the cleanup of hazardous waste sites if such legislation will not increase the deficit or reduce the surplus for: (1) FY 1999; (2) the period of FY 1999 through 2003; or (3) the period of FY 2004 through 2008.

Authorizes increased aggregates, allocations, and outlays in the case of a reported Senate bill to reform the Superfund program that does not exceed specified limits on budget authority and outlays for FY 1999 and the period of FY 1999 through 2003.

(Sec. 204) Permits the Senate Budget Committee Chairman to reserve estimated reductions in new budget authority and outlays resulting from changes in legislation affecting specified programs, if contained in the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, for purposes of offsetting limited additional outlays for discretionary highway programs and additional budget authority for discretionary transit programs as called for in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1998. Describes programs subject to reductions in mandatory spending.

Expresses the sense of the Senate with respect to veterans' compensation for post-service smoking related illnesses. Requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Management and Budget, and the General Accounting Office to study and report to specified Senate officials on whether such illnesses should be compensable.

(Sec. 205) Authorizes the Chairman of the Budget Committee, if the Line Item Veto Act is ruled unconstitutional, to make adjustments to the allocations and aggregates in this resolution to reflect the President's cancellations becoming null and void.

(Sec. 206) Establishes certain discretionary spending limits in the Senate for each of FY 1999 through 2002 for various categories, including defense, discretionary, nondefense, and violent crime reduction. Sets forth related provisions regarding points of order against legislation that causes such limits to be exceeded, waivers, and appeals.

Title III: Sense of Congress and the Senate - Expresses the sense of the Senate with respect to: (1) the passage of an Internal Revenue Service restructuring bill; (2) the sunset of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 after 2001; (3) continued tax deductibility of home mortgage interest and charitable contributions; (4) social security reform and the use of proceeds from the tobacco settlement for saving Medicare; (5) the statement of accrued liability of social security and Medicare; (6) full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Act; (7) balancing the budget without counting social security trust fund surpluses and ensuring future availability of social security; (8) the School-to-Work program; (9) taxpayer rights; (10) full funding of the National Guard; (11) blending of local and national Medicare payment rates; (12) long-term care; (13) funding for reducing or mitigating carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions; (14) increased funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant; (15) the scheduled formula change for the Federal Family Education Loan program; (16) tax treatment of health insurance premiums for the self-employed; (17) objection to Kyoto Protocol implementation prior to Senate ratification; (18) price increases on cigarette packs; (19) child care financial proposals and at-home parents; (20) immunity for tobacco product manufacturers in health-related civil actions; (21) export promotion of agricultural commodities and products; (22) reforms in entitlement spending; (23) freedom of health care choice for senior citizens; (24) Bureau of Indian Affairs school facilities; (25) use of the budget surplus for a personal retirement account program; (26) elimination of the marriage penalty; (27) health care for senior citizens; (28) income averaging for farmers; (29) funding for the elderly housing program; (30) outlay estimates for the Department of Defense (DOD) and nondefense agencies; (31) data on former welfare recipients; (32) background checks on long-term care workers; (33) the solvency of Medicare; (34) battlefield preservation; (35) funding for Federal, State, and local law enforcement programs to combat violent crime; (36) spending for Federal civilian science and technology programs; (37) long-term budget estimates and accounting of public debt repayment and unfunded liabilities; (38) effects of the President's budget; (39) social security for future retirees; (40) full funding for programs funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund; (41) education goals; (42) teacher competence and training; (43) Immigration and Naturalization Service circuit riders in the former Soviet Union; (44) the airport improvement program; (45) the Farmland Protection Program; (46) accreditation of health plans participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; (47) spending for DOD acquisitions; (48) the U.S. response to terrorism; (49) use of funds from eliminated discretionary spending programs for tax cuts or social security reform; (50) a supermajority vote requirement for increasing taxes; (51) health care; (52) use of the budget surplus for debt reduction or tax relief; (53) use of the budget surplus to reduce the social security payroll tax and to establish personal retirement accounts; (54) helicopters for the Colombian National Police; (55) veterans' health care funding; (56) financing for the landowner incentive program included in the Endangered Species Recovery Act; (57) a multinational alliance against drug trafficking; (58) simplification of the tax code; (59) a prohibition on the use of appropriated funds for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes; (60) Amtrak funding; (61) the Market Access Program; (62) appropriations for the National Institutes of Health; and (63) display of the Ten Commandments.