Washington, D.C. – The 16 members of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform today met for the first time, meeting the panel’s statutory deadline to convene by March 11, 2018. After the meeting, the co-chairs Steve Womack (R-AR) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) issued the following statements:
“Today’s meeting marks the start of an important dialogue,” said Republican co-chair Steve Womack. “While there is much to consider as a group, I am encouraged that we share the desire for a budget and appropriations process that works in Congress and for the American people. And I look forward to more discussions about how we can achieve that common goal together.”
“I was pleased to take part in today’s discussion,” said Democrat co-chair Nita Lowey. “It is important for American families and communities and for our national security that Congress enacts responsible, bipartisan appropriations law on time. If there are meaningful bipartisan reforms that will help Congress return to meeting this responsibility, I look forward to exploring them.”
Established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the select committee is comprised of 16 members, equally divided between both sides in the House and Senate. This bipartisan, bicameral panel is tasked with identifying and recommending reforms to the budget and appropriations process.
The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform is co-chaired by House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR) and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY). Chairman Womack also serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
Additional background on the select committee is available here.