Congress’ continued failure to meet budget deadlines has prompted widespread calls to improve the budget process, and the recent Bipartisan Budget Act established a joint select committee to examine the budget and appropriations process and recommend reforms. Meanwhile, under the auspices of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a diverse group of stakeholders released consensus recommendations today to advance the discussion.
Convergence convened individuals from a wide range of constituencies and perspectives to seek agreement on building a better budget process. My colleague Joel Friedman and I were part of that group. Here are some of the group’s conclusions:
The failings of the budget process reflect a broader erosion of congressional norms and a rise in partisanship. Process reforms alone cannot force the President and Congress to act responsibly on budget issues, nor will they solve the nation’s long-run fiscal challenges. But establishing new norms can raise the odds that the budget process will function more clearly and predictably.
The Convergence group’s full report may be found here.