Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

March 4, 2015
November 2, 2015
Became Public Law

This bill originally passed the House as a measure amending the tax code. Since all measures dealing with revenue must originate in the House, the Senate tacked S. 995 of 4/16/15 onto this bill as a full substitute. This amendment renews the president’s authority to ‘fast-track’ approval of trade agreements in Congress and includes the provision outlining anti-BDS objectives to be pursued in trade negotiations.

On 6/12/15, the House approved Title 1 of the bill by a vote of 219–211, including the anti-BDS objectives that originated in the U.S.-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015 (S. 619 of 3/2/15). However, as the overall bill was defeated, the text of Title 1 was attached to a separate, previously passed bill. For further action on the anti-BDS provision, see *H.R. 2146 of 4/30/15. Later, a new version of the bill passed into law without any provisions related to Palestinian affairs or the broader Arab-Israeli conflict.

2 cosponsors (2R).

See also: H.R. 644 of 2/2/15, H.R. 825 of 2/10/15.

Last major action: 11/2/15 became public law (10/30/15 Senate agreed to House’s new amendment, 64–35; 10/28/15 House agreed to Senate amendment with another amendment, 266–167; 6/12/15 Title 1 approved by yea/nay vote, 219–211; 5/22/15 passed in Senate, 62–37; 4/15/15 passed in House by voice vote).

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