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Introduced in House (06/04/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2250

To require the head of each executive agency to submit a report on the implementation of Government Accountability Office reports on reducing duplication, achieving savings, and enhancing revenue within the Federal Government.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 4, 2013

Mr. Owens (for himself, Mr. Renacci, and Mrs. Bustos) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To require the head of each executive agency to submit a report on the implementation of Government Accountability Office reports on reducing duplication, achieving savings, and enhancing revenue within the Federal Government.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Spending Reduction Act”.

SEC. 2. Requirement for agency reports on reducing duplication, achieving savings, and enhancing revenue.

(a) Report requirement.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of each executive agency shall submit to the President and Congress a report on the implementation of recommendations made by the following reports of the Government Accountability Office:

(1) The March 2011 Government Accountability Office report to Congress titled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue” (GAO–11–318SP).

(2) The February 2012 Government Accountability Office report to Congress titled “Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation, Achieve Savings, and Enhance Revenue” (GAO–12–342SP).

(3) The April 2013 Government Accountability Office report to Congress titled “Actions Needed to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits” (GAO–13–279SP).

(b) Matters covered in reports.—Each report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1) A discussion by the head of the executive agency of matters on which the agency agrees, disagrees, or partially agrees with the Government Accountability Office, and recommendations by the head of the agency for actions that should be taken in the agency as a result of the reports described in subsection (a).

(2) An opinion by the Comptroller General of the United States on whether each such recommendation by the head of the executive agency under paragraph (1) is consistent with the intent of the Government Accountability Office reports described in subsection (a).

(3) A proposal for legislative changes, if any, necessary to implement the recommendations by the head of the executive agency under paragraph (1).

(4) A statement of the annual impact on costs to the Federal Government, including cost savings, expected to occur as a result of the implementation of such recommendations.

(5) Such other information as the head of the executive agency determines appropriate.

SEC. 3. Implementation.

(a) Implementation.—Not later than 150 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of each executive agency shall begin to implement the recommendations submitted in the report by the head of that agency under section 2, in order to eliminate, consolidate, streamline, or better coordinate Government programs and agencies with duplicative, overlapping, or fragmented missions identified in the Government Accountability Office reports described in section 2(a).

(b) Congressional disapproval.—

(1) The head of an executive agency may not carry out any recommendations contained in the report submitted to Congress under section 2 by the head of the agency if a joint resolution is enacted, in accordance with the provisions of section 4, disapproving such recommendations before the earlier of—

(A) the end of the 45-day period beginning on the date on which the head of the executive agency submits such report; or

(B) the adjournment of Congress sine die for the session during which such report is submitted.

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1) of this subsection and subsections (a) and (b) of section 4, the days on which either House of Congress is not in session because of an adjournment of more than three days to a day certain shall be excluded in the computation of a period.

SEC. 4. Congressional consideration of executive agency report.

(a) Terms of the resolution.—For purposes of section 3(b), the term “joint resolution” means only a joint resolution which is introduced within the 10-day period beginning on the date on which the head of an executive agency submits the report relating to that executive agency to Congress under section 2, and—

(1) which does not have a preamble;

(2) the matter after the resolving clause of which is as follows: “That Congress disapproves the recommendations as submitted by _____ on _____”, the first blank space being filled in with the title of the head of the executive agency submitting the report, and the second blank space being filled in with the appropriate date; and

(3) the title of which is as follows: “Joint resolution disapproving the recommendations of the ______.”, the blank space being filled in with the title of the head of the executive agency submitting the report.

(b) Referral.—A resolution described in subsection (a) that is introduced in the House of Representatives shall be referred to the committee with jurisdiction over the executive agency concerned. A resolution described in subsection (a) introduced in the Senate shall be referred to the committee with jurisdiction over the executive agency concerned.

(c) Discharge.—If the committee to which a resolution described in subsection (a) is referred has not reported such a resolution (or an identical resolution) by the end of the 20-day period beginning on the date on which the head of the executive agency concerned submits the report to the Congress under section 2, such committee shall be, at the end of such period, discharged from further consideration of such resolution, and such resolution shall be placed on the appropriate calendar of the House involved.

(d) Consideration.—(1) On or after the third day after the date on which the committee to which such a resolution is referred has reported, or has been discharged (under subsection (c)) from further consideration of, such a resolution, it is in order (even though a previous motion to the same effect has been disagreed to) for any Member of the respective House to move to proceed to the consideration of the resolution. A Member may make the motion only on the day after the calendar day on which the Member announces to the House concerned the Member’s intention to make the motion, except that, in the case of the House of Representatives, the motion may be made without such prior announcement if the motion is made by direction of the committee to which the resolution was referred. All points of order against the resolution (and against consideration of the resolution) are waived. The motion is highly privileged in the House of Representatives and is privileged in the Senate and is not debatable. The motion is not subject to amendment, or to a motion to postpone, or to a motion to proceed to the consideration of other business. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to shall not be in order. If a motion to proceed to the consideration of the resolution is agreed to, the respective House shall immediately proceed to consideration of the joint resolution without intervening motion, order, or other business, and the resolution shall remain the unfinished business of the respective House until disposed of.

(2) Debate on the resolution, and on all debatable motions and appeals in connection therewith, shall be limited to not more than 2 hours, which shall be divided equally between those favoring and those opposing the resolution. An amendment to the resolution is not in order. A motion further to limit debate is in order and not debatable. A motion to postpone, or a motion to proceed to the consideration of other business, or a motion to recommit the resolution is not in order. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the resolution is agreed to or disagreed to is not in order.

(3) Immediately following the conclusion of the debate on a resolution described in subsection (a) and a single quorum call at the conclusion of the debate if requested in accordance with the rules of the appropriate House, the vote on final passage of the resolution shall occur.

(4) Appeals from the decisions of the Chair relating to the application of the rules of the Senate or the House of Representatives, as the case may be, to the procedure relating to a resolution described in subsection (a) shall be decided without debate.

(e) Consideration by other house.—(1) If, before the passage by one House of a resolution of that House described in subsection (a), that House receives from the other House a resolution described in subsection (a), then the following procedures shall apply:

(A) The resolution of the other House shall not be referred to a committee and may not be considered in the House receiving it except in the case of final passage as provided in subparagraph (B)(ii).

(B) With respect to a resolution described in subsection (a) of the House receiving the resolution—

(i) the procedure in that House shall be the same as if no resolution had been received from the other House; but

(ii) the vote on final passage shall be on the resolution of the other House.

(2) Upon disposition of the resolution received from the other House, it shall no longer be in order to consider the resolution that originated in the receiving House.

(f) Rules of the senate and house.—This section is enacted by Congress—

(1) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, and as such it is deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in that House in the case of a resolution described in subsection (a), and it supersedes other rules only to the extent that it is inconsistent with such rules; and

(2) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

SEC. 5. Definition.

In this Act, the term “executive agency” has the meaning provided in section 133 of title 41, United States Code.