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Reported to Senate without amendment (03/14/2003)

Sets forth the congressional budget for the Government for FY 2004, including the appropriate budgetary levels for FY 2003 and for FY 2005 through 2013.

Title I: Recommended Levels and Amounts - (Sec. 101) Lists recommended budgetary levels and amounts for FY 2003 through 2013 with respect to: (1) Federal revenues; (2) new budget authority; (3) budget outlays; (4) deficits; (5) public debt; and (6) debt held by the public.

(Sec. 102) Lists the appropriate levels of new budget authority and outlays for Social Security and specified major functional categories for FY 2003 through 2013.

(Sec. 104) Directs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to report a reconciliation bill by May 1, 2003, that consists of changes in laws within its jurisdiction sufficient to decrease the total levels of outlays by no more than $2.15 billion for the period of FY 2004 through 2013.

Directs the Senate Committee on Finance to report a reconciliation bill by April 8, 2003, that consists of changes in laws within its jurisdiction sufficient to reduce revenues by no more than $698.294 billion, and increase the total level of outlays by not more than $27.476 billion for the period of FY 2003 through 2013.

Title II: Budget Enforcement and Rulemaking - Subtitle A: Budget Enforcement - (Sec. 201) Extends congressional supermajority enforcement requirements.

(Sec. 202) Extends Senate discretionary limits for FY 2003 through 2005.

(Sec. 203) Sets forth prohibitions on advance appropriations in the Senate. Excepts advance appropriations for FY 2005 and 2006 for specified accounts identified for advance appropriations and for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Allows waiver or suspension of a point of order on advance appropriations in the Senate only by an affirmative three-fifths majority vote.

(Sec. 204) Authorizes and defines the criteria for emergency legislation.

(Sec. 205) Prohibits Senate legislation that would require advanced appropriations and legislation that would increase the on-budget deficit or cause an on-budget deficit.

Subtitle B: Reserve Funds and Other Adjustments - (Sec. 211) Authorizes the chairman of the Committee on the Budget (Chairman), if grants to States for special education are reauthorized subject to specified requirements, to make budget authority revisions for such grants under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of up to: (1) $205 million if the Committee on Appropriations reports legislation that provides in excess of $4.803 billion in new budget authority for FY 2004; and (2) $209 million if the Committee on Appropriations reports legislation that combined with any advance appropriations for FY 2005 provides in excess of $11.038 billion.

(Sec. 212) Authorizes the Chairman to revise committee allocation for the appropriate committees to reauthorize the programs set out in the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century if legislative action occurs to reauthorize programs under such Act and provide new governmental receipts.

(Sec. 213) Authorizes the Chairman, if the Senate Finance Committee reports legislation to reform Medicare and improve the access of beneficiaries to prescription drugs or promote geographic equity payments, to revise committee allocations, aggregates, and allocations of budget authority and outlays in this resolution by the amount provided in such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to $400 billion for FY 2004 through 2013.

(Sec. 214) Allows the Chairman, if the Senate Finance Committee reports legislation that provides health insurance for the uninsured, to revise committee allocations and other budgetary aggregates and allocations of new budget authority and outlays and to revise revenue aggregates and other aggregates and allocations by the amount provided by such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to $50 billion for FY 2004 through 2013.

(Sec. 215) Authorizes the Chairman, if the Senate Finance Committee reports legislation that authorizes States to allow families with disabled children to purchase Medicaid coverage for them, to revise committee allocations, budgetary aggregates, and allocations of new budget authority and outlays in this resolution by the amount provided by such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to: (1) $43 million in new budget authority and $42 million in outlays for FY 2004; and (2) $7.462 billion in new budget authority and $7.262 billion in outlays for FY 2004 through 2013.

(Sec. 216) Authorizes the Chairman, if the Senate Finance Committee reports legislation that provides significant reform of the Medicaid Program through an option for the States to receive their Medicaid and SCHIP money in an allotment that would be indexed at predetermined rates, to revise committee allocations, budgetary aggregates, and allocations of new budget authority and outlays in this resolution, as long as they do not increase the deficit, by the amount provided by such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to: (1) $3.258 billion in new budget authority and outlays for FY 2004; and (2) $8.944 billion in new budget authority and outlays for FY 2004 through 2008; and (3) $12.782 billion in new budget authority and outlays for FY 2004 through 2010.

(Sec. 217) Allows the Chairman, if the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions reports legislation that will facilitate procurement for inclusion by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Strategic National Stockpile of countermeasures necessary to protect the public health from threats of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear agents (Project Bioshield), to revise committee allocations and other budgetary aggregates and allocations of new budget authority and outlays and to revise revenue aggregates and other aggregates and allocations by the amount provided by such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to specified amounts: (1) $890 million in new budget authority and $575 million in outlays for FY 2004; and (2) $5.593 billion in new budget authority and $5.593 billion in outlays for FY 2004 through 2013.

(Sec. 218) Allows the Chairman, if the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources reports legislation subsequently enacted that will permit exploration and production of oil in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and makes available a portion of the resulting receipts to the National Park Service Stateside Grant Program, to revise committee allocations and other budgetary aggregates and allocations of new budget authority and outlays and to revise revenue aggregates and other aggregates and allocations by the amount provided by such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to: (1) $750 million in new budget authority and outlays for FY 2004 through 2008; and (2) $2 billion in new budget authority and outlays for FY 2004 through 2013, provides no funds become available before FY 2006 and the amount made available in any single fiscal year does not exceed $250 million.

(Sec. 219) Allows the Chairman, if the Committee on Finance reports legislation that extends the availability of FY 1998 and 1999 expired State Children's Health Insurance Program allotments and the expiring FY 2000 allotments, to revise committee allocations and other budgetary aggregates and allocations of new budget authority and outlays and to revise revenue aggregates and other aggregates and allocations by the amount provided by such legislation to establish a reserve fund of up to: (1) $1.26 billion in new budget authority and $85 million in outlays for FY 2003; (2) $1.33 billion in new budget authority and $85 billion in outlays for FY 2004; (3) $1.95 billion in new budget authority and $845 million in outlays for FY 2003 through 2008; and (4) $1.825 billion in new budget authority and $975 million in outlays for FY 2003 through 2013.

Subtitle C: Miscellaneous Provisions - (Sec. 221) Requires the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget to make adjustments to the levels and allocations in this resolution according to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) upon enactment of any bill or resolution providing for a change in concepts or definitions.

(Sec. 222) Sets forth requirements for enforcement of this resolution and the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 in the House and the Senate.

Title III: Sense of the Senate - (Sec. 301) Expresses the sense of the Senate that rates of compensation for U.S. civilian employees should be adjusted at the same time, and in the same proportion, as are rates of compensation for members of the uniformed services.

(Sec. 302) Declares the sense of the Senate that: (1) this resolution recognizes the funding challenges faced by tribal colleges and assumes that priority consideration will be provided to them through funding through the Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act, the Equity in Educational Land Grant Status Act, title III of the Higher Education Act, and the National Science Foundation Tribal College Program; and (2) such priority consideration reflects Congress' intent to continue to work toward statutory Federal funding goals for the tribal colleges and universities.

(Sec. 303) Declares the sense of the Senate that: (1) the performance of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in administering the Federal Credit Reform Act for the 504 small business credit program remains unsatisfactory; (2) the administration should develop an econometric model for the 504 program for use in the FY 2004 appropriations cycle; and (3) OMB should report to the Budget and Small Business Committees on the progress of this work by June 2003.

(Sec. 304) Declares the sense of the Senate that the levels in this resolution assume that: (1) within the discretionary allocation provided to the Committee on Appropriations, the maximum Pell Grant award should be raised to the maximum extent practicable, and funding for the Pell Grant program should be higher than the level requested by the President; and (2) to the maximum extent practicable, Congress should seek to increase the maximum individual Federal Pell Grant award to $9,000 by FY 2010.

(Sec. 305) Declares the sense of the Senate that the functional totals in this resolution assume that the Department of Defense will give priority to fully funding the Active Guard/Reserves and Military Technicians at least at the minimum required levels.

(Sec. 306) Declares the sense of the Senate that: (1) the functional totals in this resolution assume that the Department of Defense should give priority to fully implementing the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 with respect to establishment of additional Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) (at least one in each State and territory); and (2) the Department should increase its full-time manning requirements to include the 506 additional full-time National Guard personnel that will be needed to man the 23 additional WMD-CSTs.

(Sec. 307) Declares the sense of the Senate that the Senate: (1) develop a long-term drought plan that effectively recognizes the reoccurring nature of drought cycles and adequately supports emergency and disaster assistance to livestock and agricultural producers hurt by drought; and (2) establish an agricultural reserve to fund activities under such a plan.