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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The budget process is obviously broken. Or is it?

February 9, 2018
Image Source:  CFRB By Joshua C. Huder Congress passed a $300 billion spending deal, so clearly the budget process is broken … or is it? The Senate leaders who negotiated… Read More

The delicate budget balancing act

January 29, 2018
James Wallner, senior fellow with R Street’s Governance Project and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group teams, joins David Haun, Director of Public Sector Practice at Grant Thornton and… Read More

The art of the very difficult “budget” deal

January 16, 2018
Source: PBS By Joshua C. Huder Three months into the 2018 fiscal year, Congress and the President have yet to finalize a budget deal. Delayed funding of government is not… Read More

The 21st Century Cures Act: Another form of appropriation and another congressional win-win

November 16, 2017
Spending decisions long have been tricky. Joseph Keppler, “The opening of the congressional session,” Puck , 1887. Source: By Tony McCann Congress is increasingly caught between two powerful desires. Read More

Video of meeting on appropriations and regular order

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November 7, 2017
At the October 2017 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, Casey Burgat, Lee Drutman, Peter Hanson, and James Wallner examined and interpreted calls for “regular order” in the appropriations… Read More

ICYMI: Congress’s vanishing budget: It’s not all polarization’s fault

October 14, 2017
Casey Burgat and Joshua Huder write at the Brookings FixGov Blog: “Congress is failing to do its job in large respects, particularly when it comes to government spending. But… Read More