Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack, Third District congressman for Arkansas, sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to continue the reform efforts championed by the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform in the 116th Congress.
The letter said in part: “As members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Article I entrusts in each of us the power of the purse. This is an awesome responsibility that I, and I know each of you, take very seriously. We owe it to the American people to have a process that works, and that was the goal of the Joint Select Committee — to produce recommendations to reform the federal budget and appropriations process. … Despite the unfortunate outcome of the Joint Select Committee’s work, there is no refuting that the federal budget process is broken. It is vital that Congress continues these efforts to reform the budget and appropriations process this year, next year and in the years beyond.”
In addition to the letter, Womack, who served as co-chairman of the bipartisan, bicameral panel established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 this past year, shared a Budget Committee print, which assembled all the materials relevant to this year’s effort.
The committee print contains: The report of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform; the co-chairman’s mark, as amended, and voted on by the Joint Select Committee; the votes of the Joint Select Committee; hearing transcripts of the Joint Select Committee’s five public hearings; Congressional Budget Office briefing materials prepared for the Joint Select Committee; Congressional Research Office briefing materials prepared for the Joint Select Committee; and H.R. 7191—a bill introduced in the House by Womack and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, a Joint Select Committee Member and Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee.
The full letter can be read at the congressional website budget.house.gov.