Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 - Requires amounts necessary for incurred federal obligations, in the event that the public debt reaches the statutory limit, to be made available... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To specify the priority of the obligations of the United States Government if the debt ceiling is reached.

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 ``Prioritize Spending Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. PRIORITY OF PAYMENTS IF THE DEBT CEILING IS REACHED.

In the event that the debt of the United States Government, as defined in section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, reaches the statutory limit, amounts necessary for obligations incurred by the Government of the United States shall be made available to the following obligations before all other obligations and shall be made available as prioritized in the following order (with items listed in descending order of prioritization): (1) Amounts necessary to carry out the authority of the Department of the Treasury provided in section 3123 of title 31, United States Code, to pay with legal tender the principal and interest on debt held by the public. (2) Such amounts as the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) determines to be necessary to continue to provide pay and allowances (without interruption) to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including reserve components thereof, who perform active service. (3) Such amounts as the President certifies to the Congress are necessary to carry out vital national security priorities. (4) Amounts necessary...

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103 Supporting
11 Opposing
90% 10%

State: CA

4 Supporting
2 Opposing
67% 33%

District: 1st

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 because...This bill is long past due. To manage our tax dollars properly, it is necessary to separate "wants" from "needs" and prioritize each. Until we get to the point where the debt is paid way down, and we have a budget we can live within, this is a necessary move to ensure the future of our country.

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NJ
5
Rappunzell
NJ-5
2 years ago

I support H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 because...If you want to show the public you mean business start the impeachment process on Barack O'bama. Sincerely a concerned citizen.

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CO
5
ChristopherStephens
CO-5
2 years ago

I support H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 because my representatives should spend my money just as I do, wiselly.

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CA
51
BOSUX
CA-51
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 because as others have said, this is just another way of congress not doing its job. If we are ever going to achieve real fiscal responsibility, then we have to look at every item down to the last penny in the budget. Someone has to have the courage to stand up to every single special interest and basically tell the lobbyists to go to hell. However to do that, we need to change the people that are in congress because they have proven they are totally incapable of ignoring special interests because they need that money to get reelected. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/abetabepbetterelectoralprocess/ to get a new perspective on a way to move away from the money controlled congress of today. Then maybe we can get some rational heads to truly find a solution to our problems.

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TX
4
DMforGOOOH
TX-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 because if you could just pass a budget and then live within that budget then these types of "band-aid" bills won't be necessary in the first place! Get to work and solve the real problems first.

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NV
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NevadaSteve
NV-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 because...this is yet-another-ham-handed Republican move to hogtie this President.

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NY
25
ThomasTaylor
NY-25
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Prioritize Spending Act of 2013 - Requires amounts necessary for incurred federal obligations, in the event that the public debt reaches the statutory limit, to be made available to certain obligations, in prioritized order, before all other obligations. Prioritizes such obligations in the following descending order: (1) amounts necessary to carry out the authority of the Department of the Treasury to pay with legal tender the principal and interest on public debt; (2) amounts determined by the Secretary of Defense (DOD) (and the Secretary of Homeland Security [DHS] in the case of the Coast Guard) to be necessary to continue to provide pay and allowances (without interruption) to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including their reserve components, who perform active service; (3) amounts certified to Congress by the President as necessary to carry out vital national security priorities; (4) amounts necessary to carry out the authority of the Commissioner of Social Security to pay monthly old-age, survivors', and disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (SSA); and (5) amounts necessary to make payments under the Medicare program under SSA title XVIII.

H.R. 148DISCLOSE 2013 Act H.R. 150The Congressional Pay Reduction Act