Summary: H.R.232 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/06/1999)

Biennial Budget Act of 1999 - Amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to revise the Federal and congressional budget processes by establishing a two-year budgeting and appropriations cycle and timetable. Revises the timetable with respect to the congressional budget process.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act to define the budget biennium as the two consecutive fiscal years beginning on October 1 of any odd-numbered year.

Makes conforming amendments to provisions regarding the congressional budget process. Revises provisions relating to the reconciliation process to: (1) raise the ceiling on debate in the Senate on any reported reconciliation measure from 20 to 100 hours; and (2) provide a point of order against consideration of reconciliation measures in the House of Representatives or the Senate which change any provision of law other than those which provide certain new budget or spending authority relating to Government corporations or gifts made to the United States, relate to revenues, or specify the amount of the public debt limit.

(Sec. 5) Conforms provisions governing the President's budget to the biennial framework.

(Sec. 6) Requires all Acts making regular appropriations for the support of the Government to be enacted for a biennium and to specify the amount of appropriations provided for each fiscal year in that period.

(Sec. 7) Requires the heads of Federal agencies, the Comptroller General, and the heads of specified legislative branch agencies to provide requested information and assistance to the chairmen and ranking minority members of the House and Senate standing committees with respect to program administration.

(Sec. 8) Makes conforming amendments regarding the biennial budget cycle to the Rules of the House of Representatives.

(Sec. 9) Applies this Act to bienniums beginning after September 30, 2001.