The explanation and understanding
Qualifications of congress
The powers granted to them
The five rules of congress
1. Adhering to the House budget levels. The House passed a bill capping non-war discretionary spending at $1.019 trillion for fiscal year 2012–$30 billion below 2011 spending levels
2. putting back the “regular order” in Congress. Slowing down the massive omnibus spending bills that are typically rushed through the House and Senate will leave Members enough time to understand what they are voting on.
3. recommending on the House defense spending level. Repeated defense cuts risk further jeopardizing the readiness of the U.S. military, so lawmakers should insist on the levels agreed to in the House budget.
4. Swearing off ‘back-filling’ defense later. Many believe Congress may under-fund defense now and make up for it in a separate bill later, which would not be subject to the BCA’s limits.
5. Rejecting other gimmicks that lead to higher spending. A major loophole in the BCA spending cap excludes disaster funding.