Co-Chair Womack's Opening Remarks at Second Public Hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform
As prepared for delivery during today's hearing:
Good morning, and welcome to the second public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.
The most important role given to Congress under the Constitution is the power of the purse. Our panel is charged with ensuring we can fulfill this essential duty.
Today’s hearing is appropriately titled Bipartisanship in Budgeting and reflects the consensus regarding our mission and the goal for any potential recommendations.
To be clear, we are not in the business of prescribing specific budget outcomes to benefit Republicans or Democrats.
We want to ensure a budget process that works for either party, regardless of who holds the majority.
As we continue talking through possible improvements in this committee, it is a pleasure to welcome other perspectives to the ongoing conversation.
Today, we are joined by a group who have extensively studied the current process, observed some of the problems with it, and developed their own solutions for making it work.
From the Bipartisan Policy Center, we have Bill Hoagland and Don Wolfensberger – both of whom have extensive backgrounds in congressional procedure and history.
And representing the findings of the Convergence Building a Better Budget Process Project, we have Emily Holubowich and Matt Owens.
Thank you, and with that, I yield to my co-chair, Ms. Lowey, for her brief opening remarks.