The president and Congress have about nine months to propose, deliberate, and pass a budget and appropriations for the next fiscal year. In a properly functioning system there would be committee hearings and votes on each appropriations bill with robust floor debate over how to spend taxpayers’ money. Instead, for decades Congress has failed to meet its most basic responsibility to fund the government in a steady, deliberative, and transparent manner. Something needs to change. Congress has created a joint committee to study the budget process and BPC has provided expert testimony to advance the committee’s work—including reforms proposed by BPC’s Commission on Political Reform like biennial budgeting.
Join us on July 23 as our expert panel discusses how it’s supposed to work and reforms for the future. BPC will also release its quarterly Healthy Congress Index which offers crucial metrics for evaluating Congress’s ability to effectively legislate and govern, including its performance on budget and appropriations.
G. William Hoagland
Senior Vice President, BPC
Molly E. Reynolds
Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Donald R. Wolfensberger
John C. Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, BPC