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Fifty Years of the Congressional Budget Act

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act that established a budget process unique to the Legislative Branch. The Act created the House and Senate Budget Committees and the Congressional Budget Office, along with procedures the president must follow when implementing congressional appropriations. Fifty years later, the Bipartisan Policy Center invites you to an exclusive event examining the CBA’s successes and failures, as well as where policymakers can go from here.

Join BPC for this robust conversation featuring CBO directors past and present, and current and former members of Congress.

This event is co-sponsored by The Hill.


Margaret Spellings | BPC President and CEO

Opening Remarks

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) | House Budget Committee Chairman

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) | House Budget Committee Ranking Member

Panel I: Former Members of Congress

Bill Gradison, Jr. | House Budget Committee Ranking Member (R-OH, 1991-1993)

Don Nickles | Senate Budget Committee Chairman (R-OK, 2003-2005)

Leon Panetta | House Budget Committee Chairman (D-CA, 1989–1993)

Jeff Sessions | Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member (R-AL, 2011-2015)

John Yarmuth | House Budget Committee Chairman (D-KY, 2017-2023)

Mychael Schnell | Congressional Reporter, The Hill (Moderator)

Panel II: CBO Directors Past and Present

Dan Crippen (1999-2003)

Doug Elmendorf (2009-2015)

Keith Hall (2015-2019)

Douglas Holtz-Eakin (2003-2005)

Robert Reischauer (1989-1995)

Phill Swagel (2019-present)

Mike Viqueira | Washington Bureau Chief, NewsNation (Moderator)

Panel III: Fireside Chat with OMB Director

The Honorable Shalanda Young | Office of Management and Budget Director

Margaret Spellings | BPC President and CEO (Moderator)

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