This budget resolution would implement the reconciliation process and establish a budgetary target for House committees to draft coronavirus (COVID-19) relief legislation that would increase the deficit by a total of $1.9 trillion. It isn’t structured in the same way as a typical budget resolution, which would serve as a fiscal blueprint for the decade, as it is primarily intended to give Congress the ability to use reconciliation for a COVID-19 relief bill. A breakdown of how it would allocate the $1.9 trillion among committees can be found below.
The resolution would set the following deficit increase targets for committees’ reconciliation legislation:
Agriculture: $23 billion
Banking: $89 billion
Commerce: $36 billion
Environment & Public Works: $3 billion
Finance: $1.296 trillion
Foreign Relations: $10 billion
Health, Education, Labor & Pensions: $305 billion
Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: $51 billion
Indian Affairs: $9 billion
Small Business: $50 billion
Veterans Affairs: $17 billion
The reconciliation directives would total $1.889 trillion.
If adopted by both chambers of Congress, this legislation would allow congressional committees to report legislation to the Budget Committee, which would compile an omnibus reconciliation bill including the provisions that increase the deficit by $1.9 trillion. That bill would have to satisfy reconciliation rules, would be subject to amendment on the floor of each chamber, and could pass the Senate with a simple majority without being subject to the legislative filibuster.
Bipartisan Panels to Improve Solvency of Federal Programs - Romney #803: Offered by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), this amendment would create bipartisan congressional committees to improve the solvency of federal trust fund programs. Adopted 71-29.
Health Savings Accounts - Lee #253: Offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), this amendment would expand health savings accounts. Adopted 53-47.
Oil Imports & Environmental Standards - Murkowski #806: Offered by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), this amendment would prohibit actions that make the U.S. more reliant on oil imports from countries with weaker environmental standards. Adopted by voice vote.
COVID Spending Transparency - Portman #816: Offered by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), this amendment would require the creation of a website showing expenditure of COVID funds. Adopted by voice vote.
Prohibiting a Federal Carbon Tax - Hoeven #887: Offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), this amendment would prohibit a federal carbon tax in the budget process. Not adopted 50-50.
Permanent Tax Cuts for Individuals & Small Businesses - Crapo #55: Offered by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), this amendment would permanently extend the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s lower rates for individual and small businesses under the budget. Not adopted 50-50.
Federal Aid Equal Treatment of Houses of Worship - Lankford #837: Offered by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), this amendment would require state and local governments to provide equal treatment for houses of worship in accessing federal relief funds. Adopted 51-49.
Preserving Navigable Waters Protection Rule - Capito #655: Offered by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), this amendment would preserve the Navigable Waters Protection Rule under the budget resolution. Adopted 51-49.
Prohibiting Efforts to Defund the Police - Cornyn #558: Offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), this amendment would establish a fund to prohibit the defunding of the police. Adopted 100-0.
Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline - Daines #678: Offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), this amendment would seek to improve relations between the U.S. and Canada by supporting the Keystone XL pipeline. Adopted 52-48.
No Federal Minimum Wage Hike to $15 During COVID - Ernst #767: Offered by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), this amendment would prohibit the increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 during a global pandemic. Adopted by voice vote.
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem - Inhofe #786: Offered by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), this amendment would require that the U.S. Embassy to Israel remains in Jerusalem. Adopted 97-3.
Support for Hospitality & Entertainment - Cortez Masto #853: Offered by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), this amendment would provide support for the hospitality and entertainment industries. Adopted by voice vote.
No Regulatory Fracking Ban - Braun #833: Offered by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), this amendment would prohibit the Council on Environmental Quality and the EPA from banning fracking. Adopted 57-43.
Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention - Shaheen #834: Offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), this amendment would aim to improve services and interventions related to sexual assault, in addition to family and dating violence. Adopted 100-0.
Support for Rural Hospitals - Collins #546: Offered by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), this amendment would include a 20% set aside for rural hospitals in the Provider Relief Fund. Adopted 99-1.
Relief for Schools in Energy Producing Regions - Barrasso #653: Offered by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), this amendment would provide relief funding to school districts that have lost tax revenue due to a moratorium on oil and gas leasing. Adopted 98-2.
COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness - Cardin #716: Offered by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), this amendment would fund a COVID-19 vaccine administration and a public awareness campaign. Adopted 100-0.
Targeting Relief Payments to Low- and Middle-Income Americans - Manchin #775: Offered by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME), this amendment would impose limits to prevent COVID economic impact payments from going to upper-income taxpayers. Adopted 99-1.
No COVID Payments to Unauthorized Immigrants - Young #54: Offered by Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), this amendment would prohibit unauthorized immigrants from receiving economic impact payments or other direct payments from the federal government. Adopted 58-42.
Pandemic Worker Tax Relief - Thune #52: Offered by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), this amendment would extend tax relief to remote workers and others who work across state lines by limiting the ability of states and other taxing jurisdictions to tax such income. Adopted by voice vote.
Blocking Small Business Tax Hike During Pandemic - Rubio #69: Offered by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and James Lankford (R-OK), this amendment would prohibit legislation to increase taxes on small businesses while a national emergency related to a pandemic has been declared. Adopted 100-0.
- Pandemic Grants for Bars & Restaurants - Wicker #261: Offered by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), this amendment would establish federal grants for bars and restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Adopted 90-10.