Joint Committee and Budget Process Reform

About the Joint Committee

  • As called for in the Bipartisan Budget Act. Congress has launched a new “Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.”
  • Congressional leaders have appointed 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats from each chamber:
    • House Republicans:  Budget Chair Womack (R-AR); Rules Chair Sessions (R-TX); Woodall (R-GE); and Arrington (R-TX).
    • House Democrats: Appropriations Ranking Lowey (D-NY); Budget Ranking Yarmuth (D-KY); Roybal-Allard (D-CA); and Kilmer (D-WA).
    • Senate Republilcans:  Vice Chair of Rep. Conf. Blunt (R-Mo.); Perdue (R-Ga.);  Lankford (R-Okla.); and Ernst (R-Iowa).
    • Senate Democrats: Whitehouse (D-RI);  Bennet (D-CO); Brian Schatz (D-HA); and Hirono (D-HA).

Latest News from the Joint Committee 

  • March 8, 2018:  first meeting held, with some discussion reportedly being given to shifting the start of the fiscal year from October 1 to January 1.
    • Background:  The fiscal year used to begin July 1, due to Congress’ long summer recesses to avoid sweltering DC heat prior to air conditioning.  The 1974 Budget Act provided more time, shifting the start of the fiscal year to October 1.  It is not unlikely that Congress will now move the fiscal year to January 1, given the plethora of continuing resolutions (CRs).

Guide to Budget Process Reform

How the Budget Process Works: in a Nutshell

Discretionary vs. Mandatory Spending Explained

Key Budget Process Components: 

Links to Key Budget Process Reform Proposals:

Other Resources on Budget Process Reform