FACT CHECK: Improvements Bill Does Not Violate Congressional Budget Act

For Immediate Release:

March 21, 2010

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Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
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What Republicans are Saying
Senate Republicans are using a cynical scare tactic to assert that the reconciliation bill will be subject to a fatal point of order in the Senate.
 
Who’s the latest to say it?
The Senate Republican Policy Committee circulated a memo asserting that the bill will be struck down on a point of order in the Senate, saying it “violates the clear language of Section 310g of the Congressional Budget Act, and the entire reconciliation bill is subject to a point of order and rejection in the Senate should it pass the House.”
 
Here’s the Truth
The bill does not increase Social Security taxes or make any changes in the Social Security Act. In fact, the increased Social Security revenues are an indirect result of the health insurance reforms in the legislation.  The provision  being cited, Section 310(g) of the Congressional Budget Act specifically prohibits a reconciliation bill from making changes in the Social Security program established in Title II of the Social Security Act. That language has always been understood to apply to direct amendments to Title II of the Social Security Act, not indirect effects on the Social Security trust fund resulting from changes in other laws outside the Social Security Act, such as is the case with the health care reconciliation legislation.
 
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