WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Ranking Member Steve Womack (R-AR) issued the following statement after the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress passed a series of recommendations to fix our nation’s broken budget and appropriations process. Several of the policies included reforms introduced during deliberations of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which Womack previously Co-Chaired:
“Our broken budget and appropriations process is failing the American people, and reforms are needed to end the dysfunction. I commend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for its efforts to improve our governing procedures. It was a privilege to testify before the Committee, and I’m pleased to see thoughtful proposals that incorporate reforms developed by the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. They have delivered a framework based in effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.”
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is tasked with studying Congress and offering recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness and operations of the legislative branch. The Committee passed 40 new recommendations, which aim to help Congress reclaim its Article One responsibilities, improve the congressional schedule and calendar, boost congressional capacity, and reform the budget and appropriations process. The full list of recommendations can be seen here.