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Issue Position: Budget Process Reform

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Among other provisions, Thompson's plan would reduce the Majority Leader's salary down to $0 if he or she failed to bring a budget resolution to the floor by April 15. If the Senate fails to pass a budget resolution by April 30th, the proposal would reduce the salary of all Senators to $0 for the remainder of that fiscal year.

Thompson's proposal would also require the Senate to immediately consider a bill to cut non-security discretionary spending by 2.5% for the remainder of any fiscal year the Senate fails to pass a budget resolution by April 30.

Full details on the proposal may be found below:

Enact federal spending cuts and prohibit new spending in any year for which the Senate does not pass a budget.

In any year the Senate fails to pass a budget resolution by April 30, at the beginning of the following legislative day, the Senate will immediately consider a bill to cut non-security discretionary spending by 2.5% for the remainder of that FY. There will be 3 hours of debate, followed by a simple majority vote. No Motion to Proceed will be in order, the bill will be un-amendable, and it will not be subject to filibuster.

In any fiscal year the Senate fails to pass a budget resolution by April 15, any bill that would raise authorization and/or appropriations levels above those contained in the previous year's budget resolution and/or appropriations bills (or CR) will require a supermajority of 3/5th of Senators duly elected and sworn for passage.

Establish new, meaningful consequences for any Budget Committee and/or Majority Leader who fail to send a budget resolution to the floor of the U.S. Senate.

If the Senate Budget Committee fails to report out a budget resolution by April 1, the Chairman's salary is reduced to $0 for the remainder of that FY.

If the Budget Committee reports a budget resolution, but the Majority Leader fails to bring it to the floor by April 15, the Majority Leader's salary is reduced to $0 for the remainder of that FY.

If the Senate fails to pass it by April 30, the salary for all Senators is reduced to $0 for the remainder of that FY.

All savings from any of the above salary reductions will be returned to the Treasury for the purpose of debt reduction.

Require additional procedural tools to allow U.S. Senators to bring a budget to the floor even if the Budget Committee or Majority Leader fails to act.

If the Majority Leader does not bring a budget resolution to the Senate floor by April 15, a Budget Consideration Petition will be immediately circulated to all Senators.

By April 20, every Senator must affirm in writing that he/she supports or opposes prompt Senate Consideration of a budget resolution.

If a majority of Senators affirm their support, beginning on April 22, the Senate will consider the most recently passed budget resolution.

Floor consideration will proceed as if that budget resolution had been reported out of the Senate Budget Committee, including all privileges, procedures, and restrictions provided under the Congressional Budget Act.

At the beginning of the third legislative day after a Budget Consideration Petition is filed, the most recently passed budget committee resolution will become the pending business of the Senate.

Floor consideration will proceed as if it had been reported out by the Budget Committee, including all privileges, procedures, and restrictions provided under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (and as amended since).

All savings from any of the above salary reductions will be returned to the Treasury for the purpose of debt reduction.


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