Commentary on Budget Process Reform
March 25, 2019 - Former Brookings Scholar Philip A. Wallach published a blog entitled “Enough of our Budget Farce” calling for a new way to spend in accordance with national priorities and manage the long-term US fiscal health.
June 27, 2018 - CRFB released a menu of budget process reform options to the Joint Select Committee to improve the overall budget process.
March 9, 2018 - BPC Proposals for the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.
Feb. 26, 2018 - The Convergence Building a Better Budget Process Project (B3P) released their recommendations earlier in the year at the first ever Better Budget Process Summit sponsored by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Covered live on C-SPAN, the Summit also featured remarks by the leading budget reform experts, political scientists, and Members of Congress who discussed their reform ideas and how best to move them forward.
Nov. 2, 2017 - Roy Meyers published a paper, Is The U.S. Congress an Insurmountable Obstacle to Any "Far-Sighted Conception of Budgeting"?, which was published in Public Financial Productions, Inc.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Alan Cohen just published a paper, The Potential Impact of PAYGO Rules on Tax Legislation, which was published by Center for American Progress.
Aug. 21, 2017 - Rep. Meadows Introduces Legislation to Lock In Regulatory Budgeting, Published by R Street Institute
June-July 2017 - Several Roundtable members have responded to criticisms of the CBO from Republican lawmakers upon its scoring of various healthcare bill proposals:
Congressional Quarterly - CBO Would Disclose Research Models, Data Under Lee Measure
Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) - National Capitol Region Members of Congress Blast Attack on Congressional Budget Office
Committee for Economic Development - CED Urges Nonpartisan Budget Scoring
Kevin Brady and Richard Neal - Dear Colleague letter
National Review - Don’t Gut the CBO: Congress shouldn’t abandon its brain
Donald Marron - Outside Research Organizations Can’t Replace CBO’s Budget Team
The Atlantic - The Congressional War on Expertise
Vox commentary - The Republican war on the CBO, explained
Rudy Penner - The Attacks On The Congressional Budget Office Are Wrong
Phil Joyce (Monkey Cage in Washington Post) - The Trump administration detests the Congressional Budget Office. Here’s why it’s important.
Larry Lindsey, on Real Clear Politics (rebuttal by Donald Marron) - Congressional Budget Office "Part Of The Swamp"
Doug Holtz Eakin on Twitter
Yuval Levin (National Review) - The Congressional Budget Office Needs to Be Reformed
A 2015 Hutchins Center event on CBO at 40
Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group (Casey Burgat): One More Bit of Good News About Congressional Capacity
Sen. Cornyn tweet claiming CBO score on AHCA is ‘fake news’
The Federalist (Christopher Jacobs): How CBO’s Analysis Of The House Health-Care Bill Is Politically Biased
Health Affairs (Joseph Antos and James Capretta): The CBO’s Updated Estimate Of The AHCA
The Hill: CBO: ObamaCare repeal bill would leave 23M more uninsured
July 25, 2017 - Congress must repeal the debt limit so no party can take it hostage, written by Harry Stein and published in The Hill.
July 21, 2017 - Letter from Former CBO Directors on the Importance of CBO’s Role in the Legislative Process, written by the former directors of the CBO, on Medium
June 14, 2017 - Congress needs to rethink how it makes a budget, by James Wallner, published in the Washington Examiner
May 30, 2017 - Voters Hold Officials Accountable for Deficits in Many Countries. Just Not Here. by Kevin Kosar, published in the Weekly Standard
May 11, 2017 - Considering the budget resolution in the Senate: Challenges and consequences of reform, by Molly Reynolds - published at Brookings
March 7, 2017 - Budgeting for investment, by Steve Redburn - published at Brookings,
Feb. 9, 2017 - Could caucuses help rebuild bipartisanship on Capitol Hill? by Stuart Butler and Matt Sommerfeld, The Brookings Institution
Feb. 6, 2017 - A Bipartisan Policy Center podcast series: Common Cents, has recently been updated with an episode featuring Sandy Davis discussing evidence-based budgeting.
Jan. 25, 2017 - Congress Is Opening the Door to ‘Alternative Facts’ in Budget Policy, by Harry Stein, Center for American Progress
Jan. 16, 2017 - Meaningful Budget Reform from Chairman Price, by Charles Blahous, Manhattan Institute, Economics 21
Dec. 7, 2016 - How Tom Price Can Help Donald Trump Cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, by Harry Stein and Alex Rowell, Center for American Progress
Dec. 1, 2016 - BPC Event: Fixing Fiscal Myopia, moderated by Jeanne Sahadi
Senior Writer, CNNMoney
The event promoted a recent report published by the BPC that examines the prospects of prioritizing long-term considerations in the federal budget process.
Oct. 6, 2016 - Goldilocks Meets Private Equity: Taxing Carried Interest Just Right, by Donald Marron, The Urban Institute
Sept. 14, 2016 - Budgeting for Public Investments and Economic Growth, by Harry Stein, Center for American Progress
Sept. 8, 2016 - BPC Event: 'Follow the Evidence: The Promise and Potential for a Different Approach to Policymaking,' moderated by Bill Hoagland and Sandy Davis
Feb. 19, 2016 - Obama may be a lame duck, but his final budget isn't, by Roy T. Meyers, The Conversation
Jan. 2016 - Practical Imagination: A Possible Future for Federal Budgeting, by F. Stevens Redburn, Public Budgeting and Finance
Summary: Redburn argues for an improved system of information gathering and analysis, in order to improve the federal budget process to deliver better fiscal outcomes. These reforms would strengthen the institutions tasked with supporting prudent fiscal choices, as well as improve the ability to deal with social and fiscal shocks to the system.
Dec. 11, 2015 - Time for a new US budget process, by Doug Criscitello, The Hill Congress Blog
July 17, 2015 - Proposal for Improving the Congressional Budget Process, by Pete V. Domenici and Alice M. Rivlin, Bipartisan Policy Center
Feb. 24, 2015 - The Federal Budget Mutated from a Civil Process into a Political Weapon: 7 Steps Back to Fiscal Sanity, by Robert Reischauer, The Fiscal Times