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This e-book offers the nuts and bolts systems and ideas which make the U.S. Congress tick.

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93344, 88 Stat. 297-332), as amended, contains several points of order that are used to enforce congressional budget procedures and substantive provisions of a budget resolution. These points of order prohibit certain congressional actions and consideration of certain legislation. This fact sheet does not discuss points of order established by other portions of the Budget Act. gov/products/ guides/guidehome. shtml]. Budget Act points of order are not self-enforcing. In order to enforce a congressional budget rule, a Member must raise a point of order against the legislation violating it.

93-344, 88 Stat. 297-332) established the concurrent budget resolution as the centerpiece of the congressional budget process. The annual budget resolution is an agreement between the House and Senate on a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year and at least the following four fiscal years. As a concurrent resolution, it is not sent to the President for his signature and thus does not become law. The budget resolution, however, provides the framework for subsequent legislative action on the annual appropriations bills, revenue measures, debt- limit legislation, reconciliation legislation (if required), and any other budgetary legislation.

The House leadership, for example, may decide that it is pointless for the House to invest considerable time, and for Representatives to cast possibly unnecessary and politically difficult votes, on a controversial bill until after an expected Senate filibuster on a comparable Senate bill has been avoided or overcome. As these considerations imply, major legislative proposals frequently are introduced in both houses — either identical companion bills or bills that address the same subject in rather different ways.

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