Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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Each year, the Congressional Budget Office CBO is required to report to the Congress on unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations. That requirement comes from the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, which amended the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Section 221b of the Deficit Control Act added the following requirement to section 202e3 of the Congressional Budget Act, as amended On or before January 15 of each year, the Director OF CBO, after consultation with the appropriate committees of the House and the Senate, shall submit to the Congress a report listing A all programs and activities funded during the fiscal year ending September 30 of that calendar year for which authorizations for appropriations have not been enacted for that fiscal year, and B all programs and activities for which no authorizations for appropriations have been enacted for the fiscal year beginning October 1 of that calendar year. According to the conference report on the Deficit Control Act, the purpose of that amendment was to help Congress use the early months of the year to adopt authorizing legislation that must be in place before the thirteen regular appropriation bills can be considered.
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