Summary of Amendments Submitted to H.Con. Res 99 - The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for fiscal year 2008

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Mar 28, 2007 10:00 AM

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Akin (MO)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning extension of tax provisions.

Brady, Kevin (TX)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning State and local sales tax deductions.

Brown-Waite (FL)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning the Department of Veteran’s Affairs funding.

Burgess (TX)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning malpractice lawsuits.

Conaway (TX)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning earmark disclosure.

Cooper (TN)


Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute

Drake (VA)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning BRAC funding.

Foxx (NC)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning legislative line-item veto.

Gingrey (GA)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning reauthorization of SCHIP.

Goodlatte (VA)




This amendment expresses the sense of the House that the money the Federal Government spends is not the Government’s, but rather the hard-earned dollars of the American taxpayer, that Congress has a duty to scrutinize the way it spends this money to guard against waste and excessive spending, that Congress should balance the federal budget and that Congress should act expeditiously to pass a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.This substitute mirrors the president's defense request, as well as the increased veterans funding offered by the reported bill for defense discretionary spending. Non-defense discretionary spending grows at a rate equal to one percentage point above the CBO baseline. This level is below the reported bill’s non-defense discretionary growth, but higher than the President’s request. It also proposes to curb the growth of entitlement programs by directing the Ways & Means Committee to find inefficiencies in service delivery that create real and significant savings to stretch over the lifetime of the ten-year budget. Additionally, it provides for the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program at $50 billion over 5 years. While the reported bill assumes scheduled expiration in 2010 of the majority of the president’s tax cuts, and provides for only a one-year fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax, this substitute prioritizes those tax rates that most directly benefit middle class working families. By permanently extending the 10% tax bracket, $1,000 child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, capital gains and dividends rates, State and local sales tax deduction, and minimizing any negative effect on the economy by phasing in marginal changes over three years, keeps over 50% of the tax cuts set to expire. 

Hulshof (MO)/Bachmann (MN)/Lamborn (CO)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning the estate tax.

Jordan (OH)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning reduced marginal income tax rates.

Kirk (IL)/Dent (PA)


This amendment requires the Chairman or Ranking Member of the Budget Committee to hold hearings on budget process reform and introduce budget reform legislation by Sept. 30, 2007.


McCaul (TX)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning Customs and Border protection funding.

Murphy (PA)/Heller (NV)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning the child tax credit.

Porter (NV)


(REVISED)  (LATE)  An amendment concerning Yucca Mountain funding.

Ryan, Paul (WI)






Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.  (REVISED)  This substitute retains the 2001 and 2003 tax provisions, and provides for one-year extensions of alternative minimum tax [AMT] relief, the State and local sales tax deduction, and the research and experimentation [R&E] tax credit. It sets discretionary spending at $1,079.6 billion in fiscal year 2008 and $5,079.8 billion over 5 years. Defense discretionary spending equals the President’s request for 2008 and 2009 – including funds for overseas operations in and . Non-defense discretionary spending totals $433.9 billion in 2008, essentially freezing the 2007 level (excluding emergencies). Within this amount, the budget accommodates priority increases above the freeze for Homeland Security, Veterans’ Health Care, National Institutes of Health, Community Development Block Grants, and Science and Technology. Additionally, the budget calls for continued reforms to make the government’s major entitlements more responsive, flexible, and sustainable – and in the process saves $279 billion over 5 years. Finally, the substitute includes emergency set-aside, Legislative Line Item Veto, PAYGO for spending only, and discretionary spending caps.


Scott, Robert (VA)/Kilpatrick (MI)


Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.  This substitute balances the budget in FY 2012, and produces a total cumulative deficit that is $339 billion lower than that of the President’s budget. It also funds essential programs and services, especially in the areas of health care, education and Gulf Coast reconstruction.  It also provides for additional services for veterans and homeland security, including port and rail security.


Shays (CT)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning capital gains and dividends.

Weller (IL)/Bachmann (MN)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning the marriage penalty tax.

Westmoreland (GA)


(LATE)  An amendment concerning PAYGO rules.

Woolsey (CA)








Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.  (REVISED)  This substitute has a non-defense, domestic discretionary spending number of just over $483 billion. It balances the budget by FY 2010. It spends $395 billion on defense while projecting complete military redeployment out of during 2007.  It also projects enactment of the Common Sense Budget Act, which would save at least $60 billion per year on largely obsolete Cold War weapons systems plus tens of  billions more in waste, fraud, and abuse in DOD spending identified by the nonpartisan Government Accounting Office (GAO).  It repeals the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% of taxpayers and cracks down on corporate welfare by eliminating certain tax breaks and corporate loopholes. It includes the SMART Security Alternative to Preemption Doctrine, which shifts some spending and increases other non-military spending to enhance homeland security and fight the root causes of terrorism through 21st century diplomacy and meeting basic human needs (e.g. HIV/AIDS/TB, universal basic education for all). It provides funding for immediate, cost-effective steps to redress global warming and the rapid acceleration of renewable energy development. It fully funds NCLB and IDEA to improve Teacher Corps and job training. It also fully funds the S-CHIP program to ensure every Am eric an child eligible is covered for basic health insurance. It ensures whatever federal funding is needed to provide health care (including mental health care) for all Am eric an veterans (including but not limited to veterans of the and military operations). Finally, the substitute increases funding for Community Development Block Grants, Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction, community policing, and priority clean-up of leaking underground storage tanks that threaten the drinking water of nearly half of all Americans.