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  • Ryan House Budget Committee Leads on Process Reforms

    With debt and spending out of control, the good news is that the House Budget Committee is taking important steps toward focusing Congress on its most basic duty: budgeting. By speedily passing several budget process reform bills, Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) and others on his committee are moving Congress in the right direction—toward controlling spending and increasing accountability and transparency in the federal budget process.

    The fundamental problem with the Senate’s refusal to pass a budget for more than 1,000 days is a lack of fiscal discipline, which results in bulging deficits and debt. While the House adopted a strong budget under Ryan’s leadership last year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D–NV) disinterest in a budget resolution has enabled uncontrolled spending and borrowing in Washington. This translates to a lack of governing.

    As Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen explains:

    The congressional budget has three principal roles: (1) to control spending, (2) to limit the size and scope of government, and (3) to compel choices among governing priorities. In short, budgeting truly is governing. […] the budget process can provide better tools and practices to move Congress in the right direction.

    Four of the 10 planned budget process reform bills have already passed the House. Among these, two would enhance transparency by helping measure the cost of legislation (the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act) and requiring Congressional Budget Office analysis of the economic impact of major legislation (the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act). The Baseline Reform Act, passed last week, targets one of the greatest enablers of hidden spending increases: the automatic inflation increases to discretionary spending baselines. Just today, a bipartisan bill passed with an additional tool to restrain spending on line-item veto items and rescissions.

    The leadership by Ryan’s Budget Committee on budget process reforms is a commendable step to get Congress started off right in the new year. Congress still needs to find the will to execute its duty to budget and, therefore, govern.


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    3 Responses to Ryan House Budget Committee Leads on Process Reforms

    1. steve h says:

      House Republicans just wasting more time. Like they say, if you can't do policy, do process. While millions of Americans are out of work, Ryan and GOP is focused on process bills they know will not go anywhere. Yet again, the least productive Congress in history is wasting mroe time with messaing bills instead of bills that might actually become law. The House of the 112th and 111th will eb looked back in history and scorned for it's useless futility.

    2. Bobbie says:

      too bad Mr. Ryan has to spend his intelligence on cleaning up the disgraceful, incompetent leadership under democrat control. God Bless him and his endurance! Can you imagine where this country would be if we had the work ethics, respect and intelligence of Paul Ryan and the few like, throughout all levels of America's government? Why should any good people be forced under the extreme of the less we are being forced??

    3. Bobbie says:

      It's too bad Mr. Ryan has to spend his intelligence on the incompetence of highly paid others! Thank God for his work ethics and high standards of personal, human qualities. Thank God for his dedication to his country and future generations of Americans to live free and independent from the controls of government. Too bad we couldn't expect this in all government leadership! America certainly wouldn't be feeling the communism, socialism and dictatorship we're being led into!

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