S. 1273, Fixing Inequities with Revenues Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
July 22, 2013

As introduced on July 10, 2013

Letters to the Honorable Ron Wyden and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski

Based on a preliminary review, CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would increase direct spending by approximately $6 billion over the 2015-2023 period. CBO has not completed an estimate of any discretionary costs that would be necessary to implement S. 1273 (that is, costs that would be subject to future appropriation), nor has CBO yet determined whether the bill contains intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would increase direct spending. In addition, pursuant to section 311 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2009 (S.Con.Res. 70, 110th Congress), CBO estimates that enacting the bill would increase projected deficits by more than $5 billion in at least one of the four consecutive 10-year periods starting in 2023.

S. 1273 would revise existing laws regarding the disposition of proceeds from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and from the development of certain onshore resources. Most of the estimated cost of implementing this bill would result from provisions that would accelerate and increase the amounts authorized to be spent without further appropriation from proceeds collected under current law from certain oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. The bill also would allow new direct spending for payments to states resulting from amounts collected from federal leasing activities in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific OCS, subject to certain terms and conditions. Finally, enacting S. 1273 would lead to new direct spending for payments to states affected by the development of certain wind, solar, and certain ocean energy projects on federal lands.