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Budget Process Reform in Congress

Latest News on budget process reform proposals in Congress


House Budget Committee Budget Process Reform Page


Senate Budget Committee's 'Broken Budget' Page

"America’s budget process no longer fits the problems facing our nation today. In fact, it actually prevents Congress from tackling the pressing fiscal challenges facing our country, including the government’s out of control spending and skyrocketing national debt." - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY)

  • Sen. Johnny Isakson: 'Biennial Budgeting: A Positive Idea for America’s Bottom Line' 
  • April 6, 2017 - 'Budget Committee Unanimously Approves Reforms to Broken Budget Process'
    • The rules approved by the Senate Budget Committee:
      • Early Release of Budget Proposal and Amendments
      • No More “Gotcha” Amendments
      • Bar Meaningless Amendments
  • December 7, 2016 - 'Fixing America's Broken Budget Process' 
    • Chairman Enzi released his proposals for reforming the federal budget process - the key points include: 
      • Fixing Congressional Budgeting
      • Fixing the Annual Spending Process
      • Fixing America’s Automatic Spending and Long-term Debt Crisis
  • November 17, 2016 - Budget Bulletin - 'The Regulatory Cliff: Regulatory Reform Outlook'
    • Missing Cost Estimates
    • Regulatory Budget – One-in-One-Out
    • Economic Analysis – SCORE Act
    • Congressional Review Act
    • Budget Speak: Unfunded Mandate Enforcement
  • September 19, 2016 - 'Budget Process Reform - Senate Perspectives' 
    • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's Better Budget Process Initiative hosted Budget Process Reform - Senate Perspectives on Capitol Hill. The event featured a keynote speech from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) focused on his recommendations to fix the budget process. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Ben Weyl, Editor of Politico's Budget and Appropriations Brief, that included:
      • Charles S. Konigsberg, Principal at the Federal Budget Group
      • Ed Lorenzen, Senior Advisor at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
      • Dr. Roy T. Meyers, Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland, Baltimore County
      • Dr. F. Stevens Redburn, Professorial Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University
  • September 15, 2016 - Budget Bulletin - 'Accounting for Federal Credit Programs'
    • FCRA vs. Fair-Value Accounting
    • Broad Budgetary Impacts
    • Case Study: Federal Student Lending
  • July 13, 2016 - 'Enzi: Time to Unstick Washington's Budget Gridlock' 
    • Reforms Discussed:
      • Bipartisan improvements to budget procedures
      • Modernize government's outdated accounting concepts
      • Address America's long-term debt crisis
      • Add predictability to appropriations
  • June 16, 2016 - 'Options to Fix the Broken Federal Budget Process' 
    • Process Reform Ideas under Discussion in Congress BudgetSpeak – “314(e)” Point of Order Explained
  • May 25, 2016 - 'Enzi Pushes for Regulatory Budget' 
    •  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today joined Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to push for legislation to establish a regulatory budget, which would calculate the costs of federal regulations on hardworking families and small businesses for the first time.
  • April 28, 2016 - 'Senate Considers Fixes to America's Broken Budget Process' 
    • Broken Budgets and Out-of-Control Spending Senate Budget Committee Hearings – Options for Fixing the Process BudgetSpeak – “311” Explained
  • February 24, 2016 - 'President's Budget: Budget Process Proposals' 
    • Reforms discussed: 
      • Replace a portion of the sequester
      • Fully fund and extend existing program integrity caps
      • Extend the discretionary cap adjustment for disaster relief
      • Create a new discretionary cap adjustment for wildland fire suppression
      • Create a new discretionary cap adjustment for the 2020 census
      • New program integrity cap adjustments
      • Reclassify transportation infrastructure spending
      • Reclassify certain bureau of Indian Affairs spending
      • Renew request for expedited procedures to consider certain rescission requests
      • Establish unified PAYGO scoring for Postal Service (USPS)