House Budget Committee Leaders Discuss Budget Reform Today
House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will discuss budget process reform today at 1 pm ET at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform, a project of CRFB. The event -- “After the Super Committee: Is Budget Process Reform Part of the Answer?” -- will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and @BudgetHawks will live-tweet the proceedings using the #budgetreform hashtag.
The forum will also include the release of four new policy papers that address possible options to improve the federal budget process -- Fiscal Rules and Their Uses, Performance Budgeting, Multi-year Budgeting, and Budgeting for Emergencies.
Ryan and Van Hollen recently teamed up on bipartisan legislation to enhance the ability of the president to rescind individual items in spending bills and Ryan coordinated a budget process reform package that includes several proposals, such as biennial budgeting, spending and deficit caps, and giving the budget the force of law. The Peterson-Pew Commission proposed its own budget process reform package in Getting Back in the Black.