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Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Holds Second Public Hearing

May 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform conducted its second public hearing, Bipartisanship in Budgeting. During this hearing, members discussed ways to ensure a working budget and appropriations process. Featured witnesses included Bill Hoagland and Don Wolfensberger from the Bipartisan Policy Center and Emily Holubowich and Matt Owens representing the Convergence Building a Better Budget Process Project.
 
Following the hearing, co-chairs Steve Womack (R-AR) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) issued the following statements:
 
“Without question, we share the common goal of having an effective budget and appropriations process,” said Republican co-chair Steve Womack. “As we determine fixes to the current process, it is my hope that we recommend a framework that works regardless of who holds the majority. This second, productive hearing further increases my optimism that we can do so.”
 
“Today’s discussion of bipartisanship in budgeting was thoughtful and important, and I appreciated hearing from the panel of experienced and respected witnesses,” said Democrat co-chair Nita Lowey. “As I have said before, substantial policy disagreements are a primary cause of current challenges in the budget and appropriations process. We must find ways to overcome these political obstacles in order to return to a more functional process.”


Background:
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.