Special Committee Appears to Settle on Modest Change to Budget Process

Special Committee Appears to Settle on Modest Change to Budget Process

A special congressional committee established in February to look at ways to reform the budget and appropriations process appears to have agreed on only one concrete change, shifting the annual budget resolution to a biennial one. The 16-member Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform considered a variety of more far-reaching proposals during months of hearings and meetings, but none garnered the support of a majority of the committee, reported CQ. The committee, equally split between the two parties, is expected to mark up a compromise bill next week that, if approved, would then go to the House and Senate for debate. During markup members likely will propose amendments covering more sweeping reforms, such as eliminating the need for Congress to raise the debt limit and shifting the start of the fiscal year from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1.

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