Who wants to chair the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee? No one.

May 24, 2018
By Matt Glassman When Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) resigned from Congress earlier this month, a vacancy was created on the House Committee on Appropriations, where Dent was the… Read More

Pursuing earmarks at the expense of pursuing policy

May 15, 2018
Image source: Bloomberg By Scott M. Guenther and David M. Searle In early January, President Trump floated the idea of bringing back earmarks to Congress, recalling before a group of… Read More

House Committee on Appropriations approves FY2019 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill

May 9, 2018
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee voted 47-0 to approve the FY2019 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The bill, which “provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the… Read More

A discretionary spending tale of two parties: James Madison rears his head

May 8, 2018
Image source here By John Haskell A close examination of federal discretionary spending totals over the last 25 years reveals an unmistakable trend: under Democratic presidents discretionary spending increases… Read More

Quick Hits: Budget and appropriations reform resources

May 2, 2018
On Monday, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform unveiled a new website. The website “will provide a source for general information and updates as… Read More

Legislative Branch Subcommittee hears from members and outside witnesses on FY 19 appropriations

April 19, 2018
The Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations held an FY 19: Members and Outside Witnesses hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The… Read More

Video: Congressional Budget Process Discussion with Maya MacGuineas and Philip Joyce

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March 21, 2018
This Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group meeting took stock of the broken congressional budget process and likelihood of its reform with our budget expert guests, Maya MacGuineas and Philip Joyce. Read More

Would a more competitive congressional budgeting environment improve program performance?

March 15, 2018
Image source: House Committee on Appropriations By Stuart Kasdin Many observers have suggested that the key to making government efficient and effective, operating more like a business, is competition. In… Read More

New resource on Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform

March 6, 2018
The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform was established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123) to make recommendations and develop legislative language that… Read More

Examining the Case for Biennial Budgeting

February 10, 2018
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