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Co-Chair Lowey's Opening Remarks at Second Public Hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

May 9, 2018
Press Release

As prepared for delivery during today's hearing: 

I thank co-Chair Womack for his collaboration in arranging this hearing, and I welcome our witnesses here today to discuss bipartisanship as it relates to the budget process. 

Our witnesses include Bill Hoagland and Don Wolfensberger, two very experienced former senior congressional staff who are now affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center. 

And we have Emily Holubowich and Matt Owens, two participants from the “Building a Better Budget Process” project of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.  They will talk about the Convergence Center process, which convenes groups of disparate stakeholders to try to arrive at consensus recommendations as well as the substantive proposals that emerged from their dialogue on the budget process.  

Thank you all for coming.  I look forward to an interesting hearing.