Senator David Perdue Chosen For Joint Select Committee To Fix Budget Process

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

U.S. Senator David Perdue, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, has been chosen as one of eight senators to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform tasked with fixing Washington’s broken budget process. 

“Since I first came to the United States Senate, I’ve called for changing this failed budget process, and this is our opportunity to finally get it done,” said Senator Perdue. “Since the current budget process was established in 1974, Congress has only funded the government on time four times in the past forty-four years. As a result, our national debt is $20 trillion and headed to $30 trillion. Like I’ve said many times, fixing the budget process alone will not solve our debt crisis, but we won’t solve this debt crisis unless and until we fix our broken budget process. As a member of this important joint select committee, I look forward to making real progress towards creating a politically neutral platform so both sides can debate their issues during the budget process.” 

The Joint Select Committee was established by Congress on Feb. 9, and will be composed of 16 Members of Congress: four Senate Republicans, four Senate Democrats, four House Republicans, and four House Democrats. The members will have until the end of the calendar year to agree on changes to the budget and appropriations process and present them to Congress for a vote. 

Senator Perdue said he has made it one of his top priorities to change Congress’ budget process. Over the past three years, he has met with policy experts, outside groups, retired Members of Congress, and his colleagues from both parties and chambers to study best practices and highlight the flaws of the current budget process. Recently, he wrote a column in The Hill calling on Congress to recognize that "the current budget process will never work and it must be changed." Read more here.

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