Congress Considers Voting Away Its Budget Obligations

The Daily Signal | 11/14/2018 | Staff
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Paul Winfree is the director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Studies and the Richard F. Aster fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Romina Boccia focuses on federal spending and the national debt as director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the federal budget at The Heritage Foundation. Read her research.

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Justin Bogie is a senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs at The Heritage Foundation.

David Ditch is a research assistant in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation.

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Congress should be using the lame-duck session to do meaningful work. Unfortunately, it’s doing the opposite: seeking to cut its future workload while leaving long-term problems unresolved.

On Wednesday, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform unveiled draft legislation designed to change the way Congress exercises its constitutionally-granted power of the purse. The bill would do very little of substance and its core proposal, “biennial budgeting,” would lead Congress to pass two-year budgets instead of annual budgets.

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This proposal is entirely unsuited to address the coming U.S. fiscal crisis, which will soon be unavoidable if legislators fail to act. With time running out in the current session of Congress, the forthcoming legislature will be obligated to take more decisive action to stop out-of-control spending and deficits.

When the Joint Select Committee was created as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the underlying reasoning for budget process reform was undeniable. Since the current process began with the Budget Act of 1974, Congress has been serially unable to meet basic deadlines for passing budget resolutions and spending measures. This problem has been evident during divided and unified government alike, and there is more than enough blame to spread among both political parties.

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Compounding this problem is the fact that the portion of spending controlled through the annual process...
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