2-6-13, House Passed Bill 253-167
H. R. 444
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 7, 2013
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee
on the Budget
To require that, if the President's fiscal year 2014 budget does
not achieve balance in a fiscal year covered by such budget, the President
shall submit a supplemental unified budget by April 1, 2013, which identifies
a fiscal year in which balance is achieved, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Require Presidential Leadership and No Deficit
Act' or the `Require a PLAN Act'.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE AND FINDINGS.
(a) Purpose- The purpose of this Act is to require the President to submit
to Congress a supplemental unified budget if the President's budget for fiscal
year 2014 does not achieve balance in a fiscal year covered by such budget.
(b) Findings- Congress finds the following:
(1) With this year's expected failure to meet the statutory deadline for
submission of his budget, as stated by the Office of Management and Budget,
the President will have only met the statutory deadline in one of his five
(2) Despite a promise to cut the deficit in half, the deficit doubled during
the President's first year in office and has exceeded $1 trillion for four
(3) Since taking office, the President has allowed the Federal debt to grow
by nearly $6 trillion and total debt now exceeds the size of the entire
economy of the United States.
(4) Under the President's most recent budget submission, the budget never
(5) The President's fiscal year 2013 budget submission includes the admission
that under his own policies the Federal Government's `fiscal position gradually
SEC. 3. SUBMISSION OF A SUPPLEMENTAL UNIFIED BUDGET.
(a) In General- If the President's budget for fiscal year 2014, submitted
to Congress pursuant to section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, results
in a projected deficit in every fiscal year for which estimates are provided
in such budget, then the President shall submit a supplemental unified budget
pursuant to subsection (b).
(b) Contents of Supplemental Unified Budget- Not later than April 1, 2013,
the President shall submit to Congress a supplemental unified budget that
(1) the information required under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States
(2) an estimate of the earliest fiscal year in which the supplemental budget
is not projected to result in a deficit;
(3) a detailed description of additional policies to be implemented in order
to achieve such result (including an evaluation of duplicative agency functions
and agency effectiveness, and proposals for consolidating duplicative functions
and programs between agencies in the interests of cost-savings);
(4) an explanation of the differences between the President's budget for
fiscal year 2014 and the supplemental unified budget referred to in this
(5) an estimate of the cost per taxpayer of the annual deficit for each
year in which the supplemental unified budget is projected to result in
a deficit; and
(6) under a separate heading entitled `Direct Spending', which shall include
a category for `Means-Tested Direct Spending' and a category for `Nonmeans-Tested
Direct Spending' and sets forth--
(A) the average rate of growth for each category in the total amount of
outlays during the 10-year period preceding the budget year;
(B) information on the budget proposals for reform of such programs;
(C) a description of programs which shall be considered means-tested direct
spending and nonmeans-tested direct spending for purposes of this paragraph;
(D) an annual estimate of the total amount of outlays for each such program
for the period covered by the budget proposal.
(c) Definition- The term `unified budget' means the total level of outlays,
total level of receipts, and the resulting deficit or surplus of the United
States Government for a fiscal year.
Passed the House of Representatives February 6, 2013.
KAREN L. HAAS,