Budget Process Reform

“The budget process is outdated, cumbersome, needlessly complex, and almost impossible to understand. It encourages more government spending by default. And most disturbing, its shortcomings can lead to the erosion of Congress’ power of the purse, further ceding authority to the Executive Branch and diminishing the role of the legislature in our Constitutional framework. The degradation of budgeting impedes our ability to govern responsibly.”

– House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06)

The current Congressional budget process was established by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. After 42 years, the process is due for a much-needed update. The House Budget Committee has called for an overhaul of the Congressional Budget Act and a return to Constitutional principles. A new process should reinforce a healthy balance of power between the different branches of government, so Congress restores its power of the purse and improves its oversight of the Executive Branch’s activities. The process should be modernized to give Congress tools to better and more completely understand how policies will impact the nation’s fiscal and economic trajectory.

   
 

Hearings:

Reclaiming Congressional Authority Through the Power of the Purse

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Witnesses:
Philip G. Joyce, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Testimony

Matthew C. Spalding, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs
Hillsdale College
Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
Testimony

Stan Collender
Executive Vice President
Qorvis MSLGROUP
Testimony

Chairman Price Opening Statement

Hearing Video

Does Biennial Budgeting Fit in a Rewrite of the Budget Process?

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Witnesses:

The Honorable Reid J. Ribble
Member
U.S. House of Representatives
Testimony

The Honorable David E. Price
Member
U.S. House of Representatives
Testimony

Philip G. Joyce, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Testimony

Rudolph G. Penner, Ph.D.
Institute Fellow
Urban Institute
Testimony

Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution 
Testimony

Chairman Price Opening Statement

Hearing Video

First Principles of Congressional Budgeting

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Witnesses:
Paul L. Posner
Director, Graduate Public Administration Program
George Mason University
Testimony

Dr. David M. Primo
Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor
University of Rochester
Senior Scholar, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Testimony

Philip G. Joyce
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Testimony

Carmel Martin
Executive Vice President, Policy
Center for American Progress
Testimony

Chairman Price Opening Statement

Hearing Video

Budget Process Reform: 113th Congress