Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Considers Member Ideas During Fourth Public Hearing
WASHINGTON – Today, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform conducted its fourth public hearing, Members’ Day Hearing: How to Significantly Reform the Budget and Appropriations Process. During this hearing, members of both chambers of Congress testified before the Select Committee and suggested their ideas for improving the budget and appropriations process. The panel heard testimony from 25 witnesses, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer.
Following the hearing, co-chairs Steve Womack (R-AR) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) issued the following statements:
“The members of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform have spent significant time identifying problems with the current process and considering possible reforms,” said Republican co-chair Steve Womack. “Today, our continued efforts were enhanced with input and perspectives from our colleagues on both sides of the Capitol. We are grateful to those who engaged, and as we build consensus in the coming days, we remain focused on solutions that ensure Congress can responsibly fulfill its most essential role for the American people.”
“We heard a number of thoughtful ideas for improving the budget process,” said Democratic co-chair Nita Lowey. “Several witnesses also reminded us, however, that many of our current budget and appropriations challenges relate as much to polarization and partisanship as they do to the process itself.”
The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform was established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into law on February 9, 2018. A bipartisan and bicameral panel tasked with considering and recommending reforms to the current budgeting and appropriations processes in Congress, the Committee is comprised of 16 members, equally divided between the House and Senate. Four members each were appointed by the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, the House Democratic Leader, and the Senate Democratic Leader. House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR) and House Appropriations Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) were tapped to lead as co-chairs of this panel. Chairman Womack also serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
The Select Committee is required to hold public hearings and report recommendations and legislative text by November 30, 2018. For additional background on the Select Committee, including members appointed to the panel, click here.