An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025

March 20, 2015
May 5, 2015
Passed in Senate

This budget resolution was largely irrelevant to Palestinian affairs and the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. However, in a procedural process colloquially known as the ‘vote-a-rama,’ senators were permitted to submit as many amendments to this nonbinding resolution as they wished, and on any subject, so long as they were ‘budget neutral.’

Owing to the large number of relevant amendments, only those approved appear below.

S.A. 481, submitted by Tom Cotton (R-AK) on 3/24/15, no cosponsors.
This resolution would authorize cutting U.S. funding to any UN organization taking ‘unfair or discriminatory action against Israel,’ without defining such actions. It passed by a vote of 99–0 on 3/25.

S.A. 545, submitted by Mark Kirk (R-IL) on 3/24/15, 2 cosponsors.
This amendment supports efforts to ‘immediately reimpose waived sanctions and impose new sanctions’ against Iran if the president cannot certify that Iran is complying with the JPOA or any subsequent agreement on the country’s nuclear program. The text of the amendment was produced in negotiations between Kirk and key Democrats, in an effort to obtain bipartisan support. Therefore, it hewed closer to a moderate proposal (S. 669 of 3/4/15) than Kirk’s original draft, which called for support of his previous oversight proposal (S. 269 of 1/27/15). The amendment was adopted by a 100–0 vote on 3/26/15.

S.A. 552, submitted by Marco Rubio (R-FL) on 3/24/15, no cosponsors.
This amendment would authorize a deficit-neutral reserve fund that would allow for the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It was agreed to by voice vote on 3/27/15.

S.A. 839, submitted by Johnny Isakson (R-GA) on 3/25/15, 1 cosponsor.
This amendment would authorize the establishment of a deficit-neutral fund to support U.S. citizens who were held hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran between 11/3/79 and 1/20/81. It was agreed to by voice vote on 3/26.

Last major action: 5/5/15 Senate agreed to conference report by yea/nay vote, 51–48 (4/30/15 House agreed to conference report by yea/nay vote, 226–197; 4/20/15 reconciliation conference held).


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