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

May 24, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform conducted its third public hearing, The Budget Resolution—Content, Timeliness, and Enforcement. During this hearing, members discussed the annual budget resolution, including its intended purpose and possible options, presented by a panel of witnesses, to bolster its impact and influence in Congress. Panelists included Maya MacGuineas with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Jim Capretta with the American Enterprise Institute, former Senate Budget Committee staffer Bill Dauster, and Joseph White from Case Western University.
 
Following the hearing, co-chairs Steve Womack (R-AR) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) issued the following statements:
 
“While this hearing was focused on the annual budget resolution, the discussion would have been incomplete without acknowledging the strong link between the budget and appropriations processes. We must set both up for success,” said Republican co-chair Steve Womack. “In the days ahead, I look forward to considering solutions to make the budget resolution more useful and to better engage all members throughout the entire process.”
 
“Today we had another good hearing with thoughtful and well-informed witnesses,” said Democrat co-chair Nita Lowey. “We heard some useful ideas for strengthening and expediting the budget resolution process, but we also heard important cautions about the pitfalls of using budget rules, targets, and caps to try to force particular budget outcomes.”

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.