Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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This report by the Congressional Budget Office CBO satisfies the requirements of section 221b of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. The purpose of the report is to help the Congress adopt authorizing legislation that should be in place before it considers the 13 regular appropriation bills for fiscal year 2000 which begins October 1, 1999. The Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 requires the Congressional Budget Office CBO to report to the Congress each year on unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations. The conference report on the Deficit Control Act states that the purpose of the requirement is 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. Authorization laws have two basic purposes. They establish, continue, or modify federal programs, and they are a prerequisite under House and Senate rules and sometimes under statute for the Congress to appropriate budget authority for programs.
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