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  • Budget Act Section 114(C)

    by Senator Patty Murray

    Posted on 2014-01-07

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    MURRAY. Madam President, I rise to enter into a colloquy with the Senator from Ohio, Mr. Portman, to discuss section 114(c) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which establishes a deficit-neutral reserve fund to replace sequestration.

    Before I turn to Senator Portman for his questions, I would like to note that the Senate has relied on reserve funds for nearly 30 years to help it carry out its priorities as part of the annual budget process. In fact, during debate on the 2014 budget resolution, the Senate considered or filed over 300 reserve funds. These included multiple amendments from Members of both parties to create new reserve funds. This particular reserve fund, section 114(c), was included and voted on as part of both the Senate Budget Committee-reported resolution and the Senate-passed budget resolution.

    I would now like to turn to my colleague for his questions.

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