Baseline budgeting is one of the biggest government scams in history (in my humble opinion)…..passage of this bill is a start in the right direction….
On Friday, February 3, the House passed H.R. 3578, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to reform the budget baseline, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 32.
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In effect, the bill changes the current federal baseline budgeting process. From the Committee Report, Section 2:
This section amends section 257 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (P.L. 109-59) to remove the increases in the discretionary baseline attributable to inflation, expiring housing contracts, social insurance administrative expenses, and pay annualization. The discretionary spending in the baseline to be calculated uses the following assumptions:
(1) For any estimated appropriations, the budgetary resources other than unobligated balances are to be at the level provided for the budget year in full-year appropriation acts. If a full-year appropriation has not been enacted, budgetary resources, other than unobligated balances, are to be at the level available in the current year.
(2) For any continuing appropriation in effect for less than an entire year, the current-year amount is assumed to equal the amount that would be available if that continuing appropriation lasted the entire fiscal year. If law permits the transfer of budget authority among budget accounts in a current year, the current level is to reflect transfers assumed in the President’s original budget.