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Events and Activities


February 26, 2018 - better budget process summit

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  • Summary: On February 26, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hosted the first annual Better Budget Process Summit on “Rebuilding Confidence in Congress: Breaking Through on Budget Reform.” The event brought together budget experts and stakeholders from across the ideological spectrum to discuss ways to improve the current broken budget and appropriations process. After two expert panels on budget process reform, the summit concluded with a session featuring Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), members of the newly-formed Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. Watch event via C-SPAN 3

June 8, 2017 - Building a Regulatory Budget: What to Know and Where to Start

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  • Summary: The concept of a regulatory budget in the United States began as a bipartisan effort by Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D) and Representative Clarence J. Brown (R) in 1978. In recent decades, experiments in regulatory budgeting have produced results that have rekindled interest in its potential use in the US. With the President’s executive order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” and renewed interest in Congress, there is greater attention paid to the relationship between regulation and economic growth.
  • Event Speakers: 
    • William Beach, Vice President for Policy Research - Mercatus Center
    • Susan Dudley, Director - George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
    • Keith Hall, Director - Congressional Budget Office
    • Jitinder Kohli, Managing Director in Public Sector Practice - Deloitte
    • Paul Winfree, Director - Budget Policy for the White House
    • Patrick McLaughlin, Director of the Program for Economic Research on Regulation
    • Senator Mike Enzi, Chairman - Senate Budget Committee
    • Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman - Senate Committee on Homeland Secuirty and Government Affairs
    • Marcus Peacock, Executive Vice President - Business Roundtable
  • *Full video of the event

March 29, 2017 - Fiscal Politics: The IMF explores another side of public finance

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  • Summary: Politics influence economic outcomes through various channels, including structural reforms and monetary and fiscal policies. The proximity to elections can affect the mix of government’s spending plans. Political divisions could lead to larger fiscal deficits and public debt. Political ideology can have an influence on the design of tax and expenditure policies. With politics affecting fiscal outcomes, the issue that arises is whether fiscal rules and institutions can make a difference. This is the focus of a new book by International Monetary Fund staff, “Fiscal Politics.”
  • Opening Remarks by: 
    • Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director - Global Economy and Development
  • Featured Presenter: 
    • Sanjeev Gupta, Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department - International Monetary Fund
  • Moderator: 
    • Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director - Global Economy and Development
  • Panelists
    • Vítor Gaspar, Director, Fiscal Affairs Department - International Monetary Fund

    • Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Brookings Global – CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative

    • Randall Henning, Professor - American UniversitySenior Fellow - Peterson Institute

    • Sebnem Kalemli-Orzcan, Professor at the University of Maryland and Research Associate - NBER

February 13, 2017 - Bipartisan policy center: infrastructure 2017

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  • Summary: Both political parties understand that smart investments in infrastructure contribute to economic growth, job creation, and overall quality of life, but there are differing opinions on a new effort to modernize America’s transportation, water, broadband, and other infrastructure systems. Can policymakers reconcile their varying priorities in a bipartisan package?
  • Opening remarks by:

    • Jane Garvey, North America Chairman, Meridiam

    • Doug Peterson, President and CEO, S&P Global

    • Featuring

      • Michael Decker, Managing Director, SIFMA

      • Sue Gander, Division Director, National Governors Association

      • Mike Monroe, Chief of Staff, North America’s Building Trade Unions

      • Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

February 7, 2017 - Brookings: Identifying a Fiscally Responsible Approach to Funding Infrastructure

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  • Summary: The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a policy forum exploring fiscally responsible policy options for funding and financing infrastructure investments. The forum will feature a panel discussion to explore the role of repatriation, tax credits, and deficit finance in infrastructure policy.
  • Panelists
    • Rosanne Altshuler, professor, Department of Economics, Rutgers University
    • Alan Auerbach, director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley
    • Alan Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler memorial professor of economics and public affairs, Princeton University and visiting fellow in Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
    • Jason Furman, chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
    • Alan Viard, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator
    • Peter Orszag, nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies, Brookings, and vice chairman and managing director, Lazard Freres & Co LLC
  • *Register for the event


January 9, 2017 - Brookings: From Bridges to Education, the Best bets for public investment

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  • Keynote and Discussion: 
    • Lawrence Summers and Edward Glaeser
  • Trump and Infrastructure: Where should the money go? 
    • Moderator: David Wessel - Director - The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy
    • Newsha Ajami - Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West 
    • Matthew Turner - Professor of Economics, Brown University
    • Daniel Wilson - Research Advisor, Macroeconomic Research & Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    • Clifford Winston - Searle Freedom Trust Senior FellowSenior Fellow, Economic Studies
  • Moving from Evidence to Policy
    • Moderator: Louise Sheiner - Senior Fellow - Economic Studies Policy Director,  The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy
    • Robert Doar -Resident Fellow and Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
    • Robert Greenstein - Founder & President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    • Ted McCann - Assistant to the Speaker for Policy, Office of the Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Wendell Primus - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Political Realities and Challenges of Public Investment
    • Moderator: David Wessel
    • Rosa L. DeLauro - Representative for the Third District of Connecticut, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Thomas W. Reed, II - Representative for the 23rd District of New York, U.S. House of Representatives

November 30, 2016 - Brookings: A Reform Agenda for the Federal Budget Process, with Chairman Tom Price

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  • Opening comments:
    • Stuart Butler, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Keynote address:
    • Tom Price, Chairman of the House Budget Committee
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Moderator: Maya Macguineas, President, The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
    • Panelists: 
      • Philip Joyce, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland
      • Harry Stein, Director, Fiscal Policy, Center for American Progress
      • James Wallner, Group VP for Research, The Heritage Foundation
      • David Wessel, Director, Hutchins Center, Brookings Institution
  • C-Span has the video of the event broken down into 2-4 minute segments, as well as the full video. 

October 18, 2016; Brookings - The Federal Budget Process: Turning Reform into Political Reality

  • Summaries of the event:

  • Session 1: Fixing a Flawed Federal Budget Process

  • Moderator: Dan G. Blair, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
    F. Stevens Redburn, Professorial Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
    Phil Joyce, Senior Associate Dean and a Professor of Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy

    Session 2: Overcoming Political Obstacles in Reforming the Federal Budget Process
    Moderator: Stuart Butler, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
    Roy Meyers, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Molly Reynolds, Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
    Bill Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center
    Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

  • Publications available at the event: 

    • George Mason University and NAPA: Steve Redburn and Paul Posner's 'Memo to National Leaders' on reforming the federal budget process provides recommendations for budget process reforms that will be discussed in further detail at the event. 

    • Bipartisan Policy Center: Alice Rivlin and Pete Domenici (July 2015) - Proposals for Improving the Congressional Budget Process  

    • Roundtable Publications (which can all be found on our 'Research' page): 

      • Making better budget decisions easier: Some changes suggested by behavioral research, by Marvin Phaup and James J. Hearn  (June 17, 2016)

        How to make budget process reform politically feasible, by Roy T. Meyers (April 18, 2016)

        Time for a new budget concepts commission, by Barry Anderson and Rudy Penner (January 11, 2016)

        Restoring regular order in congressional appropriations, by Peter C. Hanson (November 19, 2015)

        Portfolio budgeting: How a new approach to the budget could yield better decisions, By Steve Redburn and Paul Posner  (September 29, 2015)